Obituary: Betty Jean Vermillion Adams

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Betty Jean Vermillion was born in Clinton, Oklahoma, on December 28, 1932 to Elsie Marie Davis Vermillion and Floyd Eldon Vermillion. She passed away peacefully following a long illness on December 16, 2014 in Dallas.

Betty AdamsBetty was preceded in death by her parents, brother Bobbie Jo Vermillion and sister Ila Vermillion Kunau. She is survived by her son, James Floyd Adams and wife, Kathleen; daughter, Sara Elizabeth Adams Tsuboi and husband, Kenneth; grandson, Spencer Douglas Adams and wife, Heidi; granddaughter, Mallory Elizabeth Adams; brother, Richard Floyd Vermillion and wife, Sarah; sister, Kathryn Vermillion Browne; and sister-in-law, Bonnie Jo Vermillion.

Betty enjoyed travel, adventure, dancing, golf, gardening, and playing games. She loved to laugh. She was a lifelong learner and devoted her career to children. A graduate of Oklahoma College for Women and of the University of Oklahoma, she was a special education teacher, then worked in special education administration. Betty often went the extra mile to advocate for underprivileged children and teens. She served on the Louisiana Governor Advisory Committee for the Education of Handicapped Children.

Betty was a treasured and exceptional mother and a devoted wife. She met and married William Tolbert Adams in Hahn, Germany. The family lived in Austin, Texas, then moved to Enid, Oklahoma, where she enjoyed the Officers Wives Club at Vance Air Force Base and founded a pre-school called VanceLand.  While living in Bossier City, “M’mama” created Camp Betty for her grandchildren, which delighted them throughout their childhoods. She was an active member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary organization of women educators, and Quota Club.  After retiring, she moved to Edmond, Oklahoma, and then to Dallas in 2003.

Memorial donations may be made to the non-profit, Methodist-affiliated senior community where Betty lived in Dallas, CC Young, at http://ccyoung.org, or contact Sharon Ballew at 214-841-2909 or sballew@ccyoung.org.