Helen Ann Hull Adams, 76, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus Sunday morning, October 21, 2012. ALS may have taken her physical abilities from her, but it did not take her kind heart, pleasant spirit or hope for the future in the Lord. She died at home in Greensboro, NC where she had moved in April 2011 to be near her daughter.
Helen was born March 27, 1936 and lived her happy, young life with her parents Robert Winter Hull and Norma (Hurst) Hull in Connersville, IN surrounded by family and many farm animals. She graduated from Connersville High School and completed university studies at Grinnell College, in Grinnell, IA majoring in biology. She moved to the Evansville, IN area in 1968 where she worked and raised a family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Emil Franklin Adams, in 2009. Together they cared for their blended family of six children and welcomed many other children and pets into their home.
Helen and Emil were members of First Christian Church, Evansville, for many years. They served as youth sponsors went on mission trips and Helen was President of the Women's Christian Ministries for several years. She faithfully participated in the choir and prayer ministries and ministered to many through her compassionate and generous heart. She and Emil traveled the USA and Canada via motorcycle with friends from the Southern Indiana Motorcycle Association. Her travels were always well documented by her ever present camera! They were active members of the Greyhound Pets of America, attending many parades and events with their pampered pet greyhounds, April and Bobbi.
Helen is survived by daughters Andrea Ellis Schrader (David) of Silver Lake, OH and Christen Ellis North (Scott) of Greensboro, NC. Surviving step children include Alan Adams (Jean) of Evansville; Bryan Adams (Tess), Gary Adams and Alice Enix (Rick), all of Georgia. Her beloved grandchildren include Eliza & Seth Schrader, Jacob & Abigail North, Erin Bayne, Tasha and Sierra Adams and two great-grandchildren. Her lifelong friend and step sister, Joan Erickson Whalen (Ed) lives in Houston and step brother, David Erickson (Connie) also resides in TX.
She was a surrogate parent and grandparent to many who were blessed by her loving care. These include Monte, Terri, Damon and Devon Williams of Evansville; Mark, Becky and Betsy Whited of Evansville and Emilia Schobeiri of Chicago; Karen Kerns of Booneville; and Betty Schermer (George) of Bloomington.
Our family is grateful to Homewatch Caregivers and Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro for the attentive and loving care they provided for Helen in her last difficult months.
Services will be in Evansville, IN at Alexander Funeral Home-North Chapel, December 22, 2012. Helen was integrally involved in the planning and fundraising for First Christian Church's new building. Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church Building Fund in her name; First Christian Church, 2845 Beaumont Dr. Evansville, IN 47725.
"Whom have I in heaven but Thee? And besides Thee, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." Psalm 73: 25-26
Condolences may be made online at www.AlexanderNorthChapel.com.