Patricia (Christensen) Adams passed away peacefully on Friday, April 10, in Ocala, Florida.
She was born on September 13, 1935, in Rochester, New York, the daughter and third child of the late Holger and Mildred Christensen. Patricia (Pat), as a child growing up, loved family trips to the ocean and countryside. Her love of the water was with her all her life! Her joy for life emanated to all of those around. She was fun loving and a great classmate in school. “You’re a darling blonde and a wonderful girl”, “you’re a lot of fun, so cute, and ever so nice” were common themes in her high school yearbook. Pat’s biggest fan was her high school sweetheart and future husband, John Quincy Adams. They both graduated from West High School in Rochester, NY in 1953.
After their marriage in 1958, Patricia and John made their home in Hamlin, New York, where Pat worked for Standard Oil Company as an executive secretary. As a couple, they shared a passion for boating, socializing with friends and loved to show their AKC Samoyeds. As a mother of two sons, John Quincy, II, and Douglas Reed, Pat dedicated her time to serving as a Cub Scout den mother and a community volunteer with Community Chest/Red Cross. Boating was the highlight of many family weekends, which they spent on Lake Cayuga, New York, until the family moved to Auburn, Maine, in 1978, where John and a business partner started a plumbing and heating wholesale business. Pat took great pride in supporting her husband as he opened the first of what would be three wholesale plumbing and heating businesses, while spending many family weekends boating around Maine and Rye Beach, New Hampshire, until John’s retirement and unexpected death in 1994. After her husband’s passing, Pat moved to New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where she was an active member of the community and board member on her condominium HOA. She loved walking the beach, cycling, traveling, bowling, socializing and watching Formula One races and the occasional NASCAR race. In 2008, Pat moved closer to her eldest son, John and his wife, Paula, in Ocala, Florida, where she enjoyed socializing, bowling, knitting, and her many friends. Always the dog lover, Pat frequently carried dog treats in her pocket, which she affectionately offered to dogs she met during her daily walks. In life, she and John shared a loving and devoted marriage, strong work ethic, a mutual passion and love for boating and their family Samoyeds, and were their happiest, working diligently on their home and boat, enjoying their favorite cocktails in the company of family and friends. They were each other’s best friend, and they frequently teased that they would have to pass together because neither could ever truly be happy without the other. They were devoted partners in every aspect of life, unto death. Patricia is survived by her sons, John Quincy II (and his wife, Paula), and Douglas Reed (and his wife, Anne). She was the beloved grandmother to Colette (Arnold) Coleman, and grandsons, Austin and Kyle Adams, and great grandmother to Neve and Liam Coleman. She leaves behind many loving nephews and nieces, including Ron and Bruce Christensen, Tim and Jim Hoag and Kim (Hoag) ___ and Tracy (Hoag) Walker. Pat’s brother, Russell (Bud) Christensen, of Rochester, NY, and sister, Jane (Christensen) Hoag, of Camarillo, CA, predeceased her. Arrangements are private and a family service will be held at a future date. Donations in Pat’s honor may be made to Hospice of Marion County.
Arrangements have been entrusted with Baldwin Brothers Funeral & Cremation Society, Heritage Place Chapel, 954 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala Florida. www.BaldwinCremation.com