Colene Ann Adams

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  1. Arlen Block

    Dear Mark and Family, I want to express my sincerest condolences on the passing of your mother. I know she was a wonderful influence in your lives, and I thank you Mark for being a great influence in my life as well as a great friend. My prayers and throughts are with you and your family in this time of mourning. Sincerely, Arlen Block

  2. Teresa Marsall Davis

    I have known Colene since she came to Hay Springs. We graduated together in 1967. Colene was one of the most postitive people I have had the pleasure knowing. She always had a smile on her face, and never complained about anything. I remember playing in our backyard and making mud food, and playing house for hours. As we got older we used to go over to Judy Kadlecek’s and jump on Judy’s trampoline for hours, playing follow the leader. The countless pizza parties we had at Kadlecek’s, and ironing our hair in Judy’s basement. Or the slumber parties we had through the years. With the harlious consequences to the poor person that fell asleep first. Two years ago we had our 40th class reunion, and now it is so special because as usual Colene was there, with that smile and the funny stories. You will be greatly missed. You brought great meaning to the word of true friend. May God comfort your family. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

  3. Chris VanBurger

    Mark, I’m sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Your mom will continue to live on in you and your children. Although I never met her, I know she was an amazing lady because of the son she raised and the families she influenced. The Vanburgers

  4. Steve Adams Family

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May memories of Colene bring smiles to your faces and peace within your heart. Thinking of you, Steve, Barb, Brent & Britni Adams

  5. Bob and Donna

    So sorry we learned of your Mom’s ill health so late. We would have loved to re-connect …but now it will be in a better place. We have many fond memories of your Mom and those can NEVER be taken away.

  6. Mark Adams

    A memorial service will be held for Colene Adams (nee English) on Saturday, August 15, 2009, at the Rushville City Park, Rushville, Nebraska. The service will begin at 11:00 AM, and fellowship immediately after the service. In case of inclement weather, services will be held at the United Methodist Church in Rushville. Please contact Mark Adams at 719-930-2607 if you have any questions.

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Life Stories

Colene Ann Adams

In Loving Memory
Memorial Service
Meadowood Church, 16051 East Dartmouth Avenue, Aurora, Co 80013, 2:00 pm
 

“Colene Ann Adams, 59, of Aurora, Colorado, passed away Thursday, June 18, 2009, at The Denver Hospice in Aurora, Colorado. Colene was born August 20, 1949, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Gerald A. English and Evelyn A. English (nee Hledik). In 1956, Colene and her family moved to Hay Springs, Nebraska. There she was raised by her mother and stepfather, Francis Fraser. She grew up with two older brothers, Allen and Gary, and a younger sister, Loretta. Colene attended Hay Springs High School and graduated in 1967. That summer her family moved to Rushville, where she was employed at the Wefso Drugstore. However, it was in high school where she met Steven D. Adams, and after knowing one another their first three years of high school, the two dated their senior year. The couple continued to date after high school and finally engaged on December 24, 1968; they were married on February 23, 1969. On July 27, 1969, the newlyweds celebrated the birth of their first and only child, Mark. In 1970, Colene, her husband Steven Adams, and their son Mark, moved from Nebraska to Denver, Colorado. Over the course of the next five years, the family of three moved around the Denver metropolitan area before buying a house and settling down in Aurora, Colorado. There the three lived until Colene and Steve divorced in 1981. Soon thereafter, Colene opened the next chapter in her life when she began a relationship with Allan Willits, a relationship that would bring her much joy and happiness throughout the remainder of her life. Colene and Allan both worked for Safeway and over the course of the next 31 years they would change from store to store in the Denver metropolitan area all the while meeting and making new friends, relationships that continue to this day. She was a variety manager and was known by her coworkers for her meticulous stocking abilities and attention to detail. In 1984, Colene and Allan bought a new house in Aurora, a home that she would live in for the rest of her life. In her years, Colene was known for many things. One of the biggest was her cooking and baking. Most may think she loved to be in the kitchen because of the many things she would make and give to various family and friends. However, the truth is she did not love the kitchen, but she loved seeing others take pleasure in the foods and treats she made. She truly loved seeing others smile when they bit into a hocus-pocus bun, or savor the flavor of a bowl of potato and broccoli soup. Colene was also known for decorated and well-manicured nails. Mostly, she never spoiled herself, but she enjoyed having her nails done and usually with some decorations to celebrate the approaching holiday whatever the holiday may be. Colene also enjoyed collecting certain things, a passion given to her by her mother. Over the years, Colene dabbled in collecting various objects, such as Happy Meal toys, Barbie dolls, musical carousels, etc, but it was her love and fondness of Occupied Japan figurines and ceramics that most knew her for. Family celebrations were especially important to Colene. Memorable Christmases and the Fourth of July were enjoyed every year with family and friends. Colene certainly had a passion for decorating which was always evident during Fourth of July celebrations at her sister

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  1. Arlen Block

    Dear Mark and Family, I want to express my sincerest condolences on the passing of your mother. I know she was a wonderful influence in your lives, and I thank you Mark for being a great influence in my life as well as a great friend. My prayers and throughts are with you and your family in this time of mourning. Sincerely, Arlen Block

  2. Teresa Marsall Davis

    I have known Colene since she came to Hay Springs. We graduated together in 1967. Colene was one of the most postitive people I have had the pleasure knowing. She always had a smile on her face, and never complained about anything. I remember playing in our backyard and making mud food, and playing house for hours. As we got older we used to go over to Judy Kadlecek’s and jump on Judy’s trampoline for hours, playing follow the leader. The countless pizza parties we had at Kadlecek’s, and ironing our hair in Judy’s basement. Or the slumber parties we had through the years. With the harlious consequences to the poor person that fell asleep first. Two years ago we had our 40th class reunion, and now it is so special because as usual Colene was there, with that smile and the funny stories. You will be greatly missed. You brought great meaning to the word of true friend. May God comfort your family. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

  3. Chris VanBurger

    Mark, I’m sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Your mom will continue to live on in you and your children. Although I never met her, I know she was an amazing lady because of the son she raised and the families she influenced. The Vanburgers

  4. Steve Adams Family

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May memories of Colene bring smiles to your faces and peace within your heart. Thinking of you, Steve, Barb, Brent & Britni Adams

  5. Bob and Donna

    So sorry we learned of your Mom’s ill health so late. We would have loved to re-connect …but now it will be in a better place. We have many fond memories of your Mom and those can NEVER be taken away.

  6. Mark Adams

    A memorial service will be held for Colene Adams (nee English) on Saturday, August 15, 2009, at the Rushville City Park, Rushville, Nebraska. The service will begin at 11:00 AM, and fellowship immediately after the service. In case of inclement weather, services will be held at the United Methodist Church in Rushville. Please contact Mark Adams at 719-930-2607 if you have any questions.

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