Ann Adamson, wife of 12th General Assembly Moderator John Adamson, dies at 85.


John and Ann Adamson

Ann Summerford Adamson, beloved wife of 12th General Assembly Moderator John Adamson, passed away on December 29 after a long illness. She was 85.

Born in Birmingham, Ala., on April 7, 1937, she grew up in Shelbyville, Tenn., where she attended Central High School. She then attended The University of Chattanooga and was a member of Chi Omega sorority. In 1956 she married her high school sweetheart, John Cowan Adamson. They soon moved to Memphis, where they established their home and raised their three daughters.

A talented artist with a servant’s heart, Ann served her community in many ways. She was a member of the Jr. League of Memphis and LeBonheur Club and was a docent and volunteer at The Pink Palace Museum where she served on the board that planned and implemented the first Pink Palace Crafts Fair. A long-time member of Second Presbyterian Church, Ann was involved in the children’s ministry, women’s Bible studies, WOC Circles, the flower ministry, and other activities. She also was a member of the Chancel Choir for more than 40 years.

Ann enjoyed playing the piano, gardening, sewing, and painting with oils. However, her greatest joys were found in caring for her family and in extending hospitality, graciously serving family and guests. Whether for a meal or an extended stay, she had a gift for making everyone feel at home. Above all, she quietly lived out her deep and abiding faith. The family is greatly comforted to know she is now at home with the Lord.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, John; daughter and son-in-law Cathy and Pete Gross; daughter and son-in-law Mary and Jimmy Edwards; daughter and son-in-law Sallie and Robert Sutton; and brother and sister-in-law Sid and Beth Summerford; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial gifts can be sent to Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis or The Village at Germantown Foundation.

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3 thoughts on “Ann Adamson, wife of 12th General Assembly Moderator John Adamson, dies at 85.

  1. sandra vincent

    Just now seeing this…. May the Lord bring comfort. I so liked Ann and was so glad when you brought her with you to the session meeting and she and I would spend time together, John.


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