MARLENE E. ADAMS (nee Enchelmayer) of Miami, Fla. and born in Evanston, Illinois, passed away on July 12, 2013 at Baptist Hospital following a fight with diabetes, kidney and heart disease. She will be missed by her partner of 16 years Lee Schwartz and her former husband Robert K. Adams of 31 years; her sons Robertson and Jonathan, their spouses Michele E. Ready and Karen G. Adams, and grandchildren Benjamin, Jacob and Morgan. Lee’s daughter Tamsen Kopp and grandson Hunter will miss grandma Nana.
She was the eldest of seven children of Carl and Gigi Enchelmayer. They and their spouses or partners are Carlotte and Larry Bjork of Los Altos, CA; Paul Enchelmayer and Donna French of Winter Park, FL; Victor and Judy Enchelmayer of San Diego, CA; Donna Enchelmayer of Milwaukee, WI; Linda and Chris Schmidt of Aarhus, Denmark; and Peter and Kate Enchelmayer of Chapel Hill, NC.
She graduated New Trier Township High School in 1957, and graduated Northwestern University in 1961 in Evanston with a B.A. in English, starting her career as a teacher in Skokie, Ill.
She came to Miami in 1962. She became a veteran teacher of English and Cavaleon yearbook adviser at Coral Gables Senior High, 1962-1995. Also student newspaper adviser, chess club adviser and United Teachers of Dade union steward. Served as a board member, convention chair and officer of Florida Scholastic Press Association.
She was a stalwart of the Miami chapter of MENSA since the 1960s, and edited and produced its Flamenco newsletter for more than 25 years. Several times she led MENSA’s contingent in Coconut Grove’s King Mango Strut. Marlene's retirement also included active participation in reenactments with the South Florida Historical Society.
In 1997 she founded one of the forums on Delphi.com, through which she met partner Lee, who moved to Miami. Marlene traveled the national parks in his R.V., adopting bears and chocolates and making friends and quilts at every turn.
She was a backbone of the Dictionary forum on Delphi, contributing 69,558 posts there since 2002. Her last words were: “I have no idea!”
In lieu of flowers please make a gift to the American Diabetes Association or to the Coral Gables High School library. For information on a planned late October memorial service, please email Robertson.Adams at gmail dot com.
Marlene's family gathered to remember her on October 26, 2013 and scattered her remains in dark clear water running at Sweetwater Slough, where she had asked to remain.