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Esther Lois (Watson) & Delaware Claude Adams
Jan 22, 1917 - Oct 5, 2011               Sep 16, 1915 - Jul 7, 2006

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Obit for Delaware Posted by Jo Aguirre

Graveside services for Delaware Adams were held at 2 p.m., Monday, October 10, 2011, at the Reed Cemetery with Pastor Shawn Johnson, of the Mangum First Baptist Church, officiating. Interment followed under the direction of Greer Funeral Home of Mangum.
Mr. Adams was born on January 22, 1917, at Sayre, Oklahoma and passed away at the age 94 years, 8 months and 13 days late Wednesday evening, October 5, 2011, at his home, in Mangum. He was the son of Jesse W. and Rose (Hawkins) Adams. In 1921, he started and attended school at Waylon School, west of Sayre, in Beckham County. The family moved to Mangum, Greer County in 1922, where he attended Edison School. He was baptized into the First Baptist Church, in Mangum, when he was nine years old. He moved, with his family, to Reed, in 1931, where he attended Sulphur School through the 10th grade.
On October 6, 1934, he married Lois Watson, the love of his life, of Vinson, Oklahoma, in Mangum. Their marriage license was issued by V.E. “Victor” Wickersham, Greer County Court Clerk. The marriage was performed by the Rev. C.E. Wilbanks, pastor of the Mangum First Baptist Church. They spent seventy-one wonderful years together before Lois’ death on July 7, 2006.
Delaware was a retired farmer and rancher. He worked as a mechanic, in the 1940’s, in Texas. Returning to the Mangum area, in 1952, he resumed farming and later worked for Helena Chemical Company, at Martha, and also for the Martha Public School System. He and Lois retired in 1979, from the Martha School System and moved back to Mangum. After retirement, he and Lois enjoyed taking care of their cattle and horses. He also enjoyed singing, playing the guitar and his harmonica. He also enjoyed playing cards and dominoes and visiting with friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse W. and Rose Adams and his wife, Lois Adams.
He is survived by five children, Sue Smith of Mangum, Jerry Adams and wife Janell of Mangum, Janice Wooten and husband Frank of Shawnee, Shirley Ludwick and husband Ron of Duncan and Karen Brooks of Mangum; one sister, June Allen and husband Winfred of Reed, Oklahoma; sixteen grandchildren; twenty-six great grandchildren; fourteen great-great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and many, many friends.
Obit for Esther Lois (Watson) Adams posted by Jo Aguirre

Ester Lois Adams, 90 of Mangum, died Friday evening July 7, 2006, at Mangum Community Hospital.

She was born Sept. 16, 1915, in Vinson to Kerty and Ina (Dilbeck) Watson. A 1934 graduate of Vinson High School, Lois married Delaware C. Adams on Oct. 6, 1934, in Mangum. Initially, they made their home in the Reed Community but later moved to Stephensville, Texas in 1946. They moved back to Mangum in the 1950s. Moving to Martha in 1959, she worked in the cafeteria of Martha Public School for more than 18 years, retiring in 1979. After her retirement, she and Delaware moved back to Mangum and made their home until her death.

A loving wife, mother and grandmother, she loved quilting, fishing and working in her garden and yard. Out of all her pastimes, spending time with her children, grandchildren and other relatives and friends was her favorite. Early in life, she became a member of the Church of Christ. She first attended the Vinson and Reed congregations and in 1954 she began attending the Mangum Church of Christ where she was very active in singing for special events and participating in all church functions until four weeks ago when her health began to fail.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Verla Nabours, Lura McGehee and Lela Hendricks; three brothers, Olen Watson, Floyd Watson and Eldon Watson; her husband Delaware of the home; five children, Sue Smith and husband Henry of Reed, Jerry Adams and wife Janell of Mangum, Janice Wooten and husband Frank of Shawnee, Shirley Ludwick and husband Ron of Duncan and Karen Brooks of Blair; one sister, Noveta Dixon of Florida; 16 grandchildren, Pam Burnam, Cheryl Batey, Kevin Adams, Kim Sauceda, Amy Callins, Robert G. Adams, Cyndi D. White, Linn Wooten, Rodney Wooten, Pam Wooten, Krystall Wooten, Steven Ludwick, Tracey Helmka, Michael Langham, Jennifer Shaw and Lori Langham; along with many nieces, nephews other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were held today at the Mangum Church of Christ with Roger Todd officiating. Interment was to follow at the Reed Cemetery under the direction of Greer Funeral Home of Mangum.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to The Tipton Homes.

Online tributes may be made at www.GreerFuneral.com

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