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Josephine Dale Adams

March 20, 1918 ~ June 26, 2017 (age 99)


Josephine D Adams
March 20, 1918 – June 26, 2017
Los Gatos

Josephine Dale (de la Cruz) Adams joined her husband Walter B Adams in eternal life at 99. Born in Manila, Philippines Islands to Jose de Acuna of Madrid, Spain and Joaquina Maria Ruano of Valencia, Spain, Josephine was very proud of her Spanish heritage. She moved to Puerto Rico as a young child and then on to New York City, Chicago and Vallejo. There she attended school and also worked at the local Woolworths.

It was at Vallejo High School that she met the love of her life, Walter B. Jo and Walt married in Reno and settled in Vallejo to start a family. As a banker’s wife the next stops were St. Helena, Los Altos, and Los Gatos. Retiring in Discovery Bay the couple enjoyed their boating life style on the Adams’ Rib. Later under the loving care of the Los Gatos Meadows for 17 years she often served as social planner.

Josephine lived life full throttle square dancing, acting, organizing events, sewing costumes, boating, traveling, and having fun with endless energy. She belonged to Vallejo’s MIRA Little Theater Guild winning Best Actress Award in 1954 and directing plays for radio. After producing a pageant for the Napa County Fair in Calistoga she also served as producer-director of the St. Helena’s Harvest Festival Pageant for the city’s centennial year. She was a Candy Striper volunteer at El Camino Hospital and also contributed time to the Ming Quong Home Strawberry Festivals in Los Gatos.

Often she could be seen with her hair in a scarf, racing her Austin-Healy (top down) to NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field. There she worked as a draftsman for the Gemini space project. Later she opened the Adams’ Wallpaper Studio in Cupertino and then Saratoga using her artistic talents as a design consultant.

She is survived by her three sons, Dennis Adams of Petaluma, Duane Adams of Lopez Island WA, and Keith Adams of Santa Cruz. Grandchildren include Carra Lantier of Petaluma, Sally Adams of Santa Cruz, John Adams of Maple Falls WA, Andrew Adams of Lynden WA, Heather Barnette of Bealeton VA and Kari Adams of Santa Cruz. Great grandchildren include Peter & Jack Lantier, Phoenix & Nash Campbell, Jade Adams, and Gretchen, Alexandra, Heidi & Lindsay Adams.

The family suggests that any memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.


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