Mildred M. (Henderson) Adams

Mildred M. (Henderson) Adams, 98, Saint Joseph, Missouri, passed away Jan. 7, 2021.  

She was born May 14, 1922, on a farm in rural Albany, Missouri.

She attended Ouigley, Eureka and Waterman country schools, Gentry High School and graduated from Albany High School in 1939. Milly then attended Maryville State Teacher’s College for two years in winters, and Bolivar Baptist College during the summers and obtained a teaching certificate. She taught school at Victor School (a one-room schoolhouse) and Canadey Country School.  

On Aug. 13, 1942, Milly married the love of her life, William Vincent Adams, who had just qualified as a pilot in the Army Air Corps. She followed him where she could during the war years and after the war, when the U.S. Air Force was established, he joined as an officer. During the next 32 years, Milly accompanied Vincent around the country as an Air Force wife, living in 12 states and countries and moving 26 times. They have four children, which she raised to the best of her ability to be honorable adults who knew the Lord. She involved herself and her children in school and church activities, sports and Scouting, as well as family camping, boating, biking and yearly vacations.

Milly and Vincent retired to a small acreage in Leavenworth, Kansas, where they continued to serve others in their church and community. Milly canned hundreds of quarts of fruits and vegetables, and raised beautiful roses and other flowers. She was always generous to share what she had.  

She and her husband were married for 72 years before he passed away in 2015. Milly was also preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Dana (Snyder) Henderson; her sister, Imogene Williams, and two infant children.  

Milly moved to Saint Joseph to Country Squire Assisted Living at the age of 93 to be closer to her children. She is survived by four children: Tom (Pam) Adams, Houston, Texas, Meta (Carl) Sampsel, Clarksdale, Rick (Penney) Adams, Amazonia, Missouri, and Terry (Cheryl) Adams, St. Joseph; 12 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, at R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Interment will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Leavenworth National Cemetery, where she will be buried with her husband. Flowers are welcome and memorial donations are suggested to Meals and Wheels. 

Posted online on January 11, 2021