Antonia Kay Strand Adams

Thursday, September 27, 2018
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Antonia Kay Strand Adams, 72, of Alexander City, Alabama, formerly of Marietta, Georgia, passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 11, while visiting relatives and childhood friends in Greenville, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her father, Sigurd, in 1977 and her mother, Fannie Mae, in 2012.

Antonia (Toni) was born in Ionia, Michigan to Sigurd and Fannie Mae Strand on September 19, 1945. She graduated from Ionia High School in 1963 and from Central Michigan University in 1968. She married Norman Henry in 1967. Antonia taught high school courses in art for several years in Michigan before moving to Marietta, Georgia in 1979. It was there she met, fell in love with and married James Adams.

Through art, fashion, philanthropy and family, she reflected her love of God and the spirit of Christian charity. Her children, grandchildren, friends and loved ones describe her as a selfless, cheerful, creative and supportive woman. She was thoughtful in her actions, magnanimous to those she met and shared joy and compassion, all while showing love and faithfulness to God and her family. Through her love of cooking, especially cookies and sweet treats, as well as knitting and needlepoint, she shared joy and kindness with others.

She was very interested in her family’s heritage, especially her father’s family who emigrated from Norway to Montana in the late 19th century. She developed close ties with those family members, most recently traveling to Montana last year for a family reunion and to Norway in August. Her love of heritage was a gift to her family and is reflected in her lifelong belief that she was part Norwegian, part coyote, part Indian and part cowgirl, as her father insisted.

Antonia is survived by her husband, James Adams; her children, Lorienne Bruney (Rich) of Kennesaw, Georgia, Krista Adams of Sykesville, Maryland, James Adams (Yoko) of Union City, California, Janie Boles (John) of Auburn, Alabama, and David Adams (Meredith) of Corona, California; her brother, David Strand (Anne) of Marietta, Georgia; and her 11 grandchildren, Abbie, Sara, and Jake Bruney, Nicole and Kane Adams, John, Bella, James, and Jackson Boles, and Violet and Rosemary Adams.

The family will host a visitation at The Mill Two Eighty in Alexander City, Alabama at 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, at St. James Episcopal Church in Alexander City, Alabama, with a reception to follow. A burial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7, in Anniston, Alabama at Forest Lawn Gardens. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Antonia’s name can be made to Compassion International (compassion.com/gift), the St.Labre Indian School (stlabre.org) or a local charitable organization. Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville, Michigan is serving the family. Memories and messages of condolence may be shared via www.hurstfh.com.

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