On Sunday, July 16, 2020, Alice Maria (Vaughn) Adams went to join her husband of 58 years, Louis Garfield Adams Jr. (Sept. 29, 1931-June 14, 2020). She passed peacefully due to cardiomyopathy (broken heart syndrome). She was 95 years young.
Born Sept. 20, 1925, on the front porch of her family’s Hyampom home to her late parents Rebecca Lydia (Trimble) and Deforest Hubert Vaughn, Alice was their fourth child (of six). She was a Native American of the Wintu Tribe of Trinity County and a descendent of the Carpenter, Olson and Greenleaf families. She was a master sewer, making clothes, crocheting, tatting (making lace) and quilting. Alice liked to read and draw. She raised canaries and working in her roses. She was passionate about education and that her children learn the piano. There were always children and animals around her. She gave of herself tirelessly.
Alice’s father worked for the Forest Service and died in a fire in Junction City, so her mama moved her children to Arcata where Alice attended Arcata High School. Alice moved to san Francisco, then transferring to Eureka’s Woolworth Store.
Alice married Monroe Steven Harrell and moved to Louisiana. Alice’s mama purchased 2610 Hall Ave., where Alice’s niece Elaine still resides today. Her mama also purchased the property around it and gave each of her children a piece of property. Alice chose her property at 3870 Wellington St. She would become a widow at a young age. She helped raise many of her family members.
Alice worked picking ferns. She made her career in the care home profession. Working at her late brother Harold’s Hall Avenue Rest. She worked well into her 80s.
Alice met her soulmate, Louie Adams, at the Powder Horn and on Dec. 31, 1963, they wed. Louie and Alice raised their three children – two daughters, Theresa Marie and Alta May, and son Michael Lee Adams.
She outlived her immediate family: her beloved sister Alta Mae Vaughn Valentine, brothers and sisters-in-law Charles, Merle (Mary), Harold (Alene), and Kenny (Georgia) Vaughn. It is stated that she outlived her whole generation of the old family.
Alice loved camping at Junction City Campground and tubing down the Trinity River. She always told stories about the CCC boys and the work camp that used to inhabit the campground when she was young and the old Chinese men that sat in front of the Joss House in Weaverville who use to try and scare her and the other kids when they walked by. She had many, many stories growing up with all her family. She was tough.
The Creator has taken the storyteller home to her people. Her daughter Alta May Adams (April 26, 1969-June 27, 2008) and granddaughter Lyndsay Marie Barrera (April 21, 1994-May 25, 2008) precede her in death. She is survived by her daughter, Theresa Adams of Rio Dell; and son Michael Adams and daughter-in-law Lian Darrow, both from the Bay Area; Dolores Bastian, her sister-in-law from Fortuna; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Her grandchildren: Theresa’s son David Louis Adams, Michael’s children Lee Anthony, Haley Maria, Michaela Rebecca Adams of the Bay Area, Christina McGraw of Eureka, Hannah Rose Jenkins. Her great-grandchildren: Ava and Steven McGraw Owens. Kahala, Neveah and Alia Adams.
Correspondence may be directed to 945 Webb Lane; Rio Dell, CA 95562; phone 707-740-3393. Interment will be at Ocean View Cemetery, Eureka, Calif.