The Ottumwa Courier


July 1, 2014

Marlys Adam

FAIRFIELD — Marlys Lou Adam, 85, of Fairfield, died Monday morning, June 30, 2014, at the Jefferson County Health Center.

She was born June 22, 1929, at Lake Andes, South Dakota, the daughter of Vincent and Rose Novotny Bechen.

Marlys grew up in South Dakota and graduated from Lake Andes High School in 1947. She married Richard P. Adam on June 22, 1948, at Lake Andes, South Dakota. They farmed and raised their family west of Packwood. They lived on their farm for 44 years before moving to Fairfield in 1993.

Marlys was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Altar & Rosary Society, P.E.O., Chapter M.B. and the Dorcas Group at Abingdon.

Surviving are her husband Richard; six children, Kathleen Davis of Enterprise, Alabama, Suzanne Kelly and husband Bob of Huntington Beach, California, Nancy Horras and husband Jim of Fairfield, Shirley Smith and husband Dan of Westport, Connecticut, R. Dean Adam and wife Cheryl of Batavia, Douglas Adam and wife Michelle of Packwood; 11 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and her brother, Virgil Bechen.

Deceased family members include one son, David Adam; her parents; three grandchildren; and one brother, Vincent Bechen Jr.

A funeral Mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Fairfield; Father Nick Adam officiating. Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Fairfield.

Visitation with the family present will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Prayers for a Christian Wake will be recited at 7 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to A.L.S. Association or to St. Mary Catholic Church.

Arrangements are in the care of the Raymond Funeral Home.

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