Robertson Adams

Phyllis Ann Adams, RIP

PHYLLIS ANN ADAMS passed away at home on April 15, 2015. She was born in 1942 in Oak Park, Illinois, the second child of Reginald George Adams and Marion Louise (Camp) Adams.  She leaves behind her elder brother Robert K. Adams of Miami and nephews Robertson G. Adams (Michele) of Miami and Jonathan E. Adams (Karen) of Stamford, Conn. She was a devoted great-aunt to Morgan, Benjamin and Jacob.

Phyllis graduated from Palatine (Ill.) Township High School in 1961 and Lincoln College in 1963. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Florida International University in 1984.

While in college in Chicago, she worked as a fashion model. Upon graduation, she worked for McElvain-Reynolds (mortgage) Co. for 11 years. After moving to Miami in 1975, she worked as a loan processor at Washington Savings and Loan on Miami Beach for 14 years, then joined AvMed Health Plans in Kendall for 19 years until her retirement in 2008.

She was always grateful for experimental valve surgery performed on her heart in 1947 by Dr. Willis Potts in Chicago. He had only developed the technique a year earler; today his method saves hundreds of ‘blue babies’ each year.

Known for her beauty and poise, she was a sensitive person who particularly loved the culture and art of Japan. She always doted on her grand nephews and neice and cheered for their pro sports teams.

There will be a memorial service in Miami at Van Orsdel in Kendall in the coming months. She will be interred this summer alongside her parents at Mount Emblem Cemetery in Elmhurst, IL.

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Phyllis was interred in the family plot at Mount Emblem Cemetery in Elmhurst Illinois on August 18, 2017.