Carolyn Adams

Obituary of Carolyn H. Adams

With profound sadness we announce that on the evening of February 22nd, 2022, Patsy Adams died peacefully in her home in Brimfield, Massachusetts. She will be remembered as an adoring wife and mother for her children and grandchildren; an indispensable source of support and boundless generosity. She was 92 years old.


Patsy was born in Stafford Springs, CT to Stanley and Agnes Hicks and was raised in Brimfield, MA. She met her husband James Adams Jr. in Sunday School at the Brimfield First Congregational Church. Growing up, Patsy loved swing music, owned many records, and played the flute and saxophone. She graduated from Hitchcock Free Academy in 1947. After receiving an engagement ring in the mail during a long-distance courtship, she married James in 1949 at the very same church where they first met. Patsy was a devoted Air Force wife who lived on eight bases across the US and spent five years stationed abroad in England and the Philippines, all while raising her three military children. Descended from many generations of Brimfield residents, Patsy had traveled the world and yet remained certain that Brimfield was home, so they returned in 1969 and established their family there.


Patsy collected antiques, including coins, stamps, and postcards featuring historical images of Brimfield. She was a benefactor and supporter of many local organizations, and took great pride in her community. Her friends knew her as a skilled golfer (“She could HIT!”) and a knowledgeable gardener (“She LOVED flowers!”). She enjoyed crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and watching baseball, especially the Boston Red Sox. She fought cancer with Jerry Remy. Patsy was strong-willed, and meticulous about her hair. She loved dark chocolate, down-to-earth people, the music of Roy Orbison, and the color royal blue.


Patsy leaves behind her husband of 72 years James A. Adams Jr., and her children Lee Adams, Duane Adams, and Donna MacFadden (Adams). She was proud of her six grandchildren and her great-granddaughter. She was predeceased by her parents Stanley Hicks and Agnes Hicks (Bates); her brother Stanley Hicks Jr. and her sisters Shirley Frye (Hicks) and Julia Adams (Hicks). She will be dearly missed, and forever in our hearts.


Private services will be held in late spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Patsy’s memory to the Brimfield Senior Center, or Hitchcock Free Academy.

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