Betty Adams

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Betty Ruth Adams, nee Cooper, 90, of Freeburg, IL, passed away Sunday, May 7, 2023, at her residence surrounded by her family.

The daughter of Floyd and Zada (Dillard) Cooper, Betty was born April 12, 1933, in Violet Hill Arkansas.  Betty was born in the Arkansas Hills where she loved her family, the people, and the area.

Betty graduated from Violet Hill High School in 1951. After graduating, Betty moved to Senath Missouri where she met, dated, and married Paul E. Adams, in Kennett, MO, they married on May 2, 1952. They spent over 64 years together raising nine children and building a loving active family. Betty was very active in her church and enjoyed helping people. Betty was a faithful member of Bumpkin Baptist Church (E. St. Louis) and Faith Baptist Church (Freeburg) for many years. She served as a Sunday school teacher and participated/coached church softball and volleyball teams. Betty was a homemaker, she provided a loving and supporting home environment that supported her children, her family, and friends. She provided a listening ear to family and friends that gave comfort and support. In addition, she was a second mother to the kids her children brought home. Mom was always feeding extra kids that stayed at the house.  She enjoyed playing card games, dominos, and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul E. Adams, who passed away on November 1, 2016; her parents, William Floyd and Zada, nee Dillard, Cooper; a granddaughter, Jennifer Lyn Adams; her sister, Patsy Harmon; and a brother-in-law, John Harmon.

She is survived by her children,
seven sons, Mark (Debbie) Adams, Boyce (Sharon) Adams, Bruce (Mary Ann) Adams, Brent (Jackie) Adams, Clark Adams, Scott (Donna) Adams, and Jason (Stacy) Adams;
two daughters, Paula (Tom) Steiner, and Amy (Wayne) Guetterman;
23 grandchildren;
33 great-grandchildren;
a brother, Lonnie (Alice) Cooper;
and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions in Betty’s memory may be made towards Faith Baptist Church, Freeburg, IL. or to Family Hospice of Belleville. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13, 2023, at Faith Baptist Church, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral:  Memorial Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13, 2023, at Faith Baptist Church, Freeburg, IL.

Burial will be held at a later date.


10 Comments on Betty Adams

Kirk Foster said : Guest Report May 15, 2023 at 12:54 PM

I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Platte City
  • MO
Rev. Terry & Sonia Crownover said : Guest Report May 10, 2023 at 2:18 PM

Sonia and I share in the family's great loss. We met Mrs. Adams only a few times at Faith Baptist Church with her two sons. Mrs. Adams was most gracious and kind. She desired to be in the Lord's house. The members have spoken many good things of Mrs. Adams and family. We continue to pray for the family. We all know JESUS is our best helper now and only He can prepare us by faith for the life, eternity to come. John 3:16

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Lynn Sigman said : Guest Report May 10, 2023 at 9:35 AM

I went to church with Paul and Betty for many many years. I enjoyed playing on the church softball team that she coached. To all of the Adams family you have my sympathy , but know that she is now reunited with your dad !!

  • RedBud
  • IL
Mary Nolte said : Guest Report May 09, 2023 at 7:50 PM

To all the Adams Family, You have my sympathy on the loss of Betty. I had the pleasure of playing volleyball on the church team with her as my coach. I still play volleyball and credit her for my beginnings. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers. Mary [Shook] Nolte

  • Pittsburgh
  • PA
Tiffany Watson said : Guest Report May 09, 2023 at 3:21 PM

My deepest sympathies for the Adams family. Betty was a wonderful woman who indeed served as everyone’s mother. She will be sadly missed by all. The loving dedication from Paul and Betty for their family spoke volumes, and is a rarity. God bless.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Paula Lubeck Mullins said : Guest Report May 09, 2023 at 1:04 PM

Adams family. So sorry for your loss. Prayers to you all 🙏🙏🙏

  • Il
Dawn Jansen (Erin Adam’s mom) said : Guest Report May 09, 2023 at 12:32 PM

Extending my deepest condolences to the entire family. I know she was loved and will be greatly missed. Praying for your comfort to know she is now at peace in paradise.

  • Germantown
  • Illinois
DebbyHackbarth said : Guest Report May 09, 2023 at 12:12 PM

My deepest condolences to you and your family.

  • Cuyahoga Falls
  • Ohio
Jennifer White said : Guest Report May 09, 2023 at 10:53 AM

I grew up behind you guys. Both of your parents were amazing and always so sweet to us. I'm so sorry for your loss but now she is reunited with her husband. May God bring peace and comfort to all who loved her.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Greg Pickerel said : Guest Report May 09, 2023 at 9:57 AM

Adams Family, Sorry for the loss of Betty. God bless her.

  • Belleville
  • Il.

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