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Barbara and Lady Jane, her dog, with her paintings and
favorite things at her home in October 2016.
July 19, 1935 - May 8, 2020
Barbara Perry Adams, a 2016 PNHS Living Legend, is a life-long resident of Port Norris. She was married to her high school sweetheart, Edward Adams, Sr. for over 50 years. Barbara is the proud mother of three sons, Edward, Jr., Robert, and Fred, and has been blessed with many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her love of cooking and baking began when she was a young girl, watching and helping her grandmother. Barbara would frequently visit her mother, Millie Perry, when she worked at the Palomino Restaurant. Her husband and his family also owned restaurants in Port Norris. Barbara began drawing as a young child and attributes those first experiences to her love for painting. Many of her paintings depict feature scenes of local places and have been featured on the PNHS Legends invitations. Barbara has been an active member in her church and the Port Norris community.
Edward Adams Sr. 1934 - 2006
Obituary for Barbara (Perry) Adams
On Friday May 8th, 2020, Barbara passed away surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Vineland, NJ and lived in Port Norris all of her life. She was born to the late State Trooper, Joseph Perry and Amelia Mildred Nicoli. Waiting in Heaven for her is her beloved husband Edward L. Adams Sr. [Jellybean], and her cherished son Robert F. Adams. She is survived by 2 sons who she adored: Edward L. Adams Jr., and wife Kelli, and Fredrick J. Adams and wife Sheila. Not having any brothers or sisters, she was thrilled to have 9 grandchildren: Christie and husband Jeff, Elizabeth and husband Rick, Bobbi Jo and husband Declan, Wesley and wife Kiersten, Edward and wife Lauren, Rachel, Fredrick, Devyn, and Hunter; and 11 great-grandchildren: Sarah, Jeffrey, Patrick, Kali, Ava, Grace, Dane, Isabelle, Emily, Lucy and Olivia. She is also survived by two dear cousins, Sally Dickenson, and Joan and Bill Hulitt. Barbara loved traveling with her husband Edward, cooking dinners for her family and was an extraordinary artist. She often used her hometown as her muse. She also taught the beginners class at the Port Norris Sunday school for many years as well. In 2016, she was honored as one of Port Norris’s living legends by the Port Norris Historical Society.
Graveside services will be held privately for the immediate family in Haleyville Cemetery. To email condolences and or tributes please visit hoffmanfuneralhomes.net
Barbara Adams, center, surrounded by her family and friends at the Millville Woman’s Club, on November 31, 2016.
Barbara Perry Adams
So very sorry to hear of Barbara’s passing. I have very fond memories of Barbara and her family members, especially Millie, who was my client on the CATS bus for years. Barbara was a genteel lady and always kind to my family.May God bring you comfort. Jill L Ransom
Ed &Fred I’m so sorry for your loss!! I will always cherish the time I spend with your mom!! She was truly a beautiful person inside and out!! She will be truly missed!!! Jeanie Mazzola
I was so sorry to hear of Barbara’s passing. She was a wonderful lady. Many memories from growing up across the street. Thoughts and Prayers are going out to your family. Polly Swink
So very sorry to hear this. I can remember Barbara going back along time. She was very artistic. And she was usually had a smile on her face. The last time I saw her we were both in ShopRite. She loved her boys and grandkids dearly. May she rest in eternal peace and GOD BLESS her family. Theresa Lalli
To the Adam's family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you all in my prayers. Brenda Williams, mail lady
Dear Adams Family, Bill and I are very sorry for your families loss. Kim Horseman
Barbara was a wonderful person. I have many fond memories of her and her family.She will be missed. Donna Pettit
To Fred, Sheila and kids: sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I will keep you all in my prayers. Cheryl Carman
To the Adams Family, We send our deepest sympathy to you at this very difficult and sad time. John and I have some good of Barbara over the past years. We even have some of her art work hanging in our home.
Keeping you in our prayers. John and Janice Laws
To the Adams family and Sally. Barbara was already a resident of Port Norris when I arrived. I knew her from the time I started kindergarten and she was definitely one of the nicest and prettiest women from that town. She had beautiful eyes and a wonderfully quick smile. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed. Linda Lee Reeves
So sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. She was such a dear lady. She had my daughter Christy in Sunday School and she thought the world of her and I think Barbara felt the same. She and Jellybean and my parents (Jane and Clarence) had many good times together (vacations, going to dinner, etc). I'm sending hugs and prayers. Barbara Moore
I so enjoyed getting to know Barbara over these more recent years through the historical society. She was a special talent and special lady. Will be thinking of the whole family at this time. Dad too has fond memories from when they were kids in school. Rachel Cobb