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Judith Ellen (Fry) Adams, 73, of China Grove, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at her home surrounded by family. She was born on September 28, 1946 in Rowan County to the late Dr. James Fry and Norma Roberts Fry.
After working for 20 years as an administrative assistant and the administrative coordinator for the Practical Nursing program at Bucks County Technical School, Judy resumed her college education, completing her Bachelor’s Degree (Magna Cum Laude) in English Communications from Holy Family University (of Philadelphia) in 1999. She was elected to “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” (1998-1999) and was inducted into Lambda Iota Tau honors society. Upon graduating, Judy worked as a reading specialist with the School District of Philadelphia. She later took a position with Acts Retirement Life Communities, serving with the Recreation Programs team at Southampton Estates in PA.
Judy loved travel and adventure. Among her favorite journeys and places were Bermuda, Scotland, England, San Francisco, and many National Parks nationwide. She described her most recent trip to Australia and New Zealand in 2017 as “the trip of a lifetime”.
Judy returned to China Grove in 2008. She was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church of China Grove, where she served as a council member and was active in the adult choir, handbell choir, and various outreach programs. Prior to returning to China Grove, Judy was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Levittown, PA. She served there as a council member and was active in the adult choir and handbells.
In addition to her parents, Judith was preceded in death by her husband, John M. Adams, Jr.
Judy is survived by her children, Christi Adams of Fredericksburg, VA; Karen Mahn of Wenonah, NJ; and J. David Adams of China Grove; along with her sister, Leah Fry of Woodleaf, NC, and close friend, Kay McIntyre of Woodleaf, NC.
A Celebration of Life will be held on October 31st, at 2pm at St Marks Lutheran Church in China Grove, with Pastor Keith Copeland officiating. Inurnment will be on Nov 1st, at 9am at the Salisbury VA annex.
Carolina Cremation of Salisbury and Charlotte is assisting the Adams family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com.
Suzie Hudson says
Leah and children, I grew up with Judy living about 2 blocks away from my family. As children we used to play and have the freedom that was usual in the 50s and 60s. I remember Judy as a sensitive, dramatic girl who loved to act out stories. I have enjoyed seeing her at our high school class reunions in recent years. Know that I have fond memories of Judy from our childhood together. I’m sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Suzie Owensby Hudson
Sheila Bostian Graham says
Leah and children, I got to know Judy when we joined China Grove high school and went to South Rowan. She soon became my dear friend. When I lived in New York City and they lived in Pennsylvania we got to visit. When they came to the city I remember Judy telling the girls if they didn’t behave I had wooden spoons and I would use them. When they walked in the apartment the first thing the girls said was “do you have wooden spoons.” Your mother was a wonderful person and will be truly missed. I pray that God will be with you in this during this time.
Millicent L Frye says
w as a friend in school at South Rowan. We shared the last name Frye. I enjoyed talking with her at one of our classmate luncheons last year. She was such a smart and interesting person to know. Please accept my sympathy and thoughts during this difficult time for your family. God Bless. Millie Frye
Nora J. Lenahan says
The the Adams/Frye Family … Judy was my dear friend. She and I met in a Sign Language class at Pennsbury High School and became fast friend. She and John (and the kids) soon extended their friendship to include my father … we had great adventures together! I have very fond memories of the Christmases that I spent with your family … and will be eternally grateful for the love you all have shared with me. It breaks my heart that she is gone … but I know she is with John whom she missed desperately. My love to you always Judy!
Nellie Plummer says
I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Knowing that you will all be reunited in heaven gives us strength to carry on. Judy will always be with you in your hearts.