Family and friends are invited to celebrate Ruth’s life by gathering for her funeral Mass on Wednesday, June 30, at St. Edward the Confessor Church, 10 Church Street, Westminster at 12:00 noon, followed by burial in Woodside Cemetery. Calling hours will be held in Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg prior to the Mass from 9:30-11:30am. Ruth’s family asks in her memory, please put up a bird feeder, plant some flowers, or have a tea party and kindly put on your lipstick!
WESTMINSTER –Ruth Beatrice (Burton) Adams, 92, of Westminster, beloved wife of the late Carl R. Adams, Sr. passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland on July 3, 1928, the daughter of Frederick and Martha Burton, she resided in Westminster for 67 years. Ruth graduated from Clara Barton High School in Baltimore and Mt. Wachusett Community College in Gardner.
She is survived by her six children: Carl R. Adams, Jr. and his wife Susan of Westminster, Ruthanne Adams of Ocean Springs, MS, John Adams of Westminster, Janet Nikitas and her husband Richard of Westminster, Joseph Adams of Ocean Springs, MS and Laure Ciccolini of Westminster. Her grandchildren include: Sarah, Leslie, Meghan, Jake, Cheyanne, Caitlin, Jackie, Deborah, Andrea, Matthew, Gregory, Michael, Nicco, Isabella and Gabriella, as well as many great-grandchildren, her sister-in-law, Marjorie Leandro of Nashua, NH; friends, cousins and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her siblings: Erdmund Burton, Charles Burton and Louise Nonemaker and her granddaughter, Chelsea Adams.
At the age of nineteen, Ruth met and married the love of her life, Carl, when he was stationed in the Navy in Bainbridge, MD. She left her family in Baltimore to start her own in Massachusetts. Carl and Ruth moved their young family from the city of Cambridge to Westminster where they
lived on the side of Wachusett Mountain. On their 60 acres they raised their 6 children and taught them the importance of family.
Ruth had a cheerful personality and a beautiful smile. She instilled in her children the importance and value of an education and was proud that they all attended college. She supported her children and grandchildren in their endeavors and celebrated their successes. She was a lover of birds and flowers and she shared that love with her family. Ruth enjoyed the holidays, especially Easter egg hunts in the field, and the annual Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day parties. In her later years she and Carl enjoyed going to the casinos and spending the winters on the Gulf coast.
Ruth’s family will be forever grateful to the staff at Sterling Village for the wonderful and loving care she received there. So many of her caretakers went out of their way and beyond the call of duty to personalize her care and to make her feel comfortable and loved, especially during the isolation caused by the pandemic.