Hilary Jane Adams

September 14, 1946 - April 08, 2017

  • Hilary in 1947

     

    Hilary in 1947 

  • Family photo with Hilary's sister and parents in 1950

     

    Family photo with Hilary's sister and parents in 1950 

  • An undated photo from Hilary's childhood

     

    An undated photo from Hilary's childhood 

  • Hilary in 1963

     

    Hilary in 1963 

  • With daughter Wendy

     

    With daughter Wendy 

  • With daughter Wendy

     

    With daughter Wendy 

  • At the San Diego Zoo with daughter Wendy

     

    At the San Diego Zoo with daughter Wendy 

  • With Hilary's parents and sister Marcia

     

    With Hilary's parents and sister Marcia 

  • With friends Mae and Michael, daughter Wendy, and son-in-law Rick

     

    With friends Mae and Michael, daughter Wendy, and son-in-law Rick 

  • Fourth of July twins in Brooken, Oklahoma

     

    Fourth of July twins in Brooken, Oklahoma 

  • At daughter Wendy's wedding in Laguna Beach, California

     

    At daughter Wendy's wedding in Laguna Beach, California 

  • At the Maker's Mark distillery in Loretto, Kentucky

     

    At the Maker's Mark distillery in Loretto, Kentucky 

  • In Canton, Ohio. Go Steelers!

     

    In Canton, Ohio. Go Steelers! 

  • Road trippin' with Bessie in Wisconsin

     

    Road trippin' with Bessie in Wisconsin 

  • In Middlecreek Township, Pennsylvania

     

    In Middlecreek Township, Pennsylvania 

  • On the River Walk in San Antonio, Texas

     

    On the River Walk in San Antonio, Texas 

  • Atop the Duquesne Incline in Pittsburgh, PA

     

    Atop the Duquesne Incline in Pittsburgh, PA 

  • At Mount Rushmore in South Dakota

     

    At Mount Rushmore in South Dakota 

  • In Luckenbach, Texas (with Willie, Waylon and the boys)

     

    In Luckenbach, Texas (with Willie, Waylon and the boys) 

  • With daughter Wendy and sister Marcia in North Dakota

     

    With daughter Wendy and sister Marcia in North Dakota 

  • At the Bellingrath Gardens in Theodore, Alabama

     

    At the Bellingrath Gardens in Theodore, Alabama 

  • The White House, Washington, D.C.

     

    The White House, Washington, D.C. 

  • With newborn granddaughter Harper Linn in Anchorage, Alaska

     

    With newborn granddaughter Harper Linn in Anchorage, Alaska 

  • On a Portage Glacier cruise on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska

     

    On a Portage Glacier cruise on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska 

  • Baby's first Christmas with Grandma!

     

    Baby's first Christmas with Grandma! 

  • On the coastline of Redwood National Park, California, with granddaughter Harper

     

    On the coastline of Redwood National Park, California, with granddaughter Harper 

  • Lunch at Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

     

    Lunch at Crater Lake National Park, Oregon 

  • With Aunt Ramona and Uncle Bud in Portland, Oregon

     

    With Aunt Ramona and Uncle Bud in Portland, Oregon 

  • With friends Tone and Cathi, daughter Wendy, and granddaughter Harper in Corvallis, Montana

     

    With friends Tone and Cathi, daughter Wendy, and granddaughter Harper in Corvallis, Montana 

  • At a park near Butte, Montana

     

    At a park near Butte, Montana 

In Loving Memory

Hilary Jane Adams (née Nomeland) of Yorba Linda, CA passed away on April 8, 2017 after a noble, resolute battle with cancer. Hilary was born on September 14, 1946 in McVille, North Dakota to parents Leslie Raymond and Geneva Nomeland. She and her older sister Marcia Linn lived on their parents' 640-acre wheat farm in Kloten until Hilary was four years old. Then, they fled the cold North Dakotan winters for sunny Venice, California. Growing up, Hilary loved playing tennis and ping pong and raising guppies with her dad. She was a member of the drill team and developed a lifelong passion for reading. A stellar student, Hilary skipped a half year of high school and began attending the University of California at Santa Barbara at only 16 years old. 

Hilary married Richard Norman Adams in 1968. They lived in Huntington Park, Buena Park, and Yorba Linda, CA, and owned a vacation home in Aberdeen, CA. Hilary loved the outdoors, and she and Ric went on countless trips camping and fishing in the Sierra Nevada mountains. They also belonged to a four-wheel drive club and thoroughly enjoyed racing their jeeps all over the desert.  

Hilary was a savvy businesswoman. After a successful career in sales and purchasing in the stationery business (where she fought for and was awarded a salary equal to the men in her company, a rarity at the time), Hilary bought and ran a drive-thru dairy in Anaheim, CA. Though her hours were long, she relished the opportunity to use both her business acumen and her affability on a daily basis. In 1981, Hilary and Ric had their only child, a daughter named Wendy Lorraine. For a time, Hilary ran the dairy with her daughter in tow, but she eventually sold the business so she could stay at home with her full time. She was a doting mom, and she and Wendy were nearly inseparable. While living in California, Hilary never missed a school or sporting event for her daughter. In Wendy, she shared her tremendous love of reading and was always quick to fill her shelves with books.

Along with her mom, beloved sister Marcia, and Aunt Glady Jennings, Hilary loved to gamble, especially on slot machines. Together, they took numerous trips to Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, and Laughlin, Nevada. Once Wendy was of legal gambling age, she and Hilary took annual trips to Laughlin and periodic trips to Lake Tahoe and other casinos across the country. 
     
After her divorce in 1995, Hilary bought a home in Brooken, OK. She truly enjoyed the slower-paced country life. Always a congenial woman, she quickly made friends with everyone in the neighborhood. She bought a boat and a golf cart and spent countless days on and near the lake adjacent to her house. She loved hosting neighborhood fish fries, holding semi-annual garage sales, and having ample time to socialize with friends. She moved back to California in 2013 to be closer to her family.
     
Starting from the time her daughter entered college, Hilary and Wendy took an annual summer road trip in Hilary’s beloved, wanderlust-ready SUV, Bessie. These trips became the highlight of the year for both of them. Together, they visited 49 states (there are no roads to Hawaii!), most multiple times. Armed with an array of atlases and guide books, they avoided the interstates at all costs. As Charles Kuralt once said, "Thanks to the interstate highway system, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything." Amen. Each trip was its own unique, once-in-a-lifetime adventure. They endured terrible rainstorms, too-close-for-comfort tornadoes, numerous breakdowns, and confusing back roads. They were charged by buffalo in Wyoming, drove through fires in Northern California, got sea sick being ferried across Lake Michigan, and were trapped for hours inside a gas station bathroom with a broken lock in New York. They visited the assassination sites of JFK and MLK and strolled through the homes of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Twain, Dickinson, Earhart, and yes, Elvis. They devoured beignets in New Orleans, pizza in New York, barbecue in Texas, cheesesteaks in Philly, sopapillas in New Mexico, ice cream on Cape Cod, cheese curds in Wisconsin, and lobster on the coast of Maine. They remembered the Alamo in San Antonio and visited the Civil War battlefields of Gettysburg, Antietam, Vicksburg, and Shiloh. They took a glacier cruise in Alaska, meandered along the white sand beaches of Florida, tiptoed past grizzly tracks in Montana, photographed the bridges of Madison County, listened to live jazz in Kansas City, raced up the Rocky steps in Philadelphia, and bounced along in a buggy ride with the Amish in Pennsylvania. They stood in awe of the Bitterroots, Bighorns, Tetons, Rockies, Cascades, Sawtooths, Appalachians, Poconos, Ozarks, Adirondacks, Sierra, Chugach, Ouachita, and Wasatch. They encountered wild hogs and gators in the Louisiana bayou, nearly ran over a mountain lion near Missoula, gazed at enormous herds of Elk in Colorado, and admired moose and caribou roaming the Alaskan wilderness. They wandered through the Smithsonian, took in the horrific history of the Salem witch trials, and marveled at the relics of the baseball, basketball, and football halls of fame. They sought out as many Frank Lloyd Wright homes, national parks, museums, and antique shops they could find. And regardless of where they were, they made it a priority to get Hilary her hot fudge sundae each day of their vacation. Hilary and Wendy returned from each trip with carloads of treasures to relish. Though they lived far apart for many years, these trips provided them with a lifetime of memories and mementos. 
     
Hilary was striking woman with long blonde hair and piercing blue eyes. She was intelligent, gregarious, vivacious, generous, witty, and fun-loving. Her interests and talents were vast and varied. She loved to dance, cook, crochet, shop, bake, travel, organize, and garden. She collected baseball cards and antique salt cellars. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles (in ink!), making photo albums, playing cards, watching the Steelers, and finding bargains. She adored all animals, especially dogs, and raised numerous German Shepherds (and one wonderful black Labrador). Perhaps, above all, she relished life as a grandmother. She lovingly doted on her granddaughter Harper Linn (who endearingly called her grandma “GoGo”) and was enthusiastically awaiting her first grandson's arrival in September of this year. 

Hilary passed away far too young. We are grateful, however, for the incredible, inspiring memories she left behind. Her legacy will remind us to be courageous, adventurous, and tenacious. Until we are reunited in heaven, we will honor her and remember her in our daily lives, during the holidays when we make her Christmas cookies and Norwegian lefse, and when we take future road trips, with her spirit along for the ride.
     
Hilary is survived by her daughter Wendy (née Adams), son-in-law Rick, and granddaughter Harper Wolf of Yorba Linda, CA, nephew Jim Black of Buena Park, CA, Aunt and Uncle Ramona and Bud Johnson of Portland, OR, cousin Susan Jennings of New Orleans, LA, and dear friends Tone and Cathi Nickens of Corvallis, MT. She is preceded in death by her parents Leslie and Geneva Nomeland and sister Marcia Gibson. A private gathering was held by her family. Rest in peace, Mama. We'll love and miss you every single day for the rest of our lives.  
 


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  • Gracie & Gary Thornburgh

    Mission Viejo, CA, United States

    Janie was a kind and beautiful woman. I remember fondly of our euchar games at their home in Yorba Linda. We had so much fun and she did not like to lose, that is for sure. Also, her perogis were to die for. We were so sad to hear the...

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  • Rita Rain

    Cedar City, UT, United States

    So sorry to hear of your Mom passing away, thank you for posting the wonderful pictures.

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  • Uncle Bud and Aunt Ramona

    Portland, Oregon

    Wonderful tribute.
    We treasure the memories of our times together.
    Thanks so much for including a visit with us
    On last year's road trip.

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