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|Adams, Annamae (Leavell)||fs '64-'65, '78-'80|
D.O.D 01/18/2005 - It is with much sadness that Global Ministries announces the passing of former missionary to Paraguay and Venezuela, Annamae Leavell Adams, 87, on January 18, 2005, at the Kansas Christian Home, Newton, Kansas.
Mrs. Adams was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on June 27, 1918. She attended Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she received the B.A. degree. She obtained a Certificate of Proficiency in Obstetrics and Pediatrics from Siemma Coleman Hospital in 1942 and in 1971 became a Licensed Practical Nurse in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mrs. Adams also studied at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and Kennedy School of Missions, Hartford, Connecticut.
Mrs. Adams served through the Division of Overseas Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as a missionary in Paraguay for 19 years. She served with her husband, R. Q. Adams, in Coronel Oviedo where, along with two other missionary couples, they started the first rural evangelism work to be done in Paraguay by the Disciples of Christ. Mrs. Adams directed the first kindergarten in Coronel Oviedo.
Upon returning from Paraguay in 1964, Mrs. Adams attended Phillips University, Enid, Oklahoma, to prepare herself to teach Spanish. During four years in Roswell, New Mexico, Annamae worked in the delivery room at the local hospital. She also was Co-Director of the Christian Center where she also taught English to Spanish-speaking adults and was a leader in the local girls' club.
During 1971-72 the Adams served as pastors of Second Christian Church, Bloomington, Indiana. In 1973 they were assigned to Barquisimeto, Venezuela, where they collaborated with the Pentecostal Union of Venezuela in an experimental cooperative ministry of church and community development. Upon returning to the U.S. from Venezuela they made their home in Stroud, Oklahoma, where they served the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Weleetha and Okeema.
Immediate surviving relatives of Mrs. Adams are: husband, Ralph Quincy Adams; daughter, Virginia; and sons, Walter, Benjamin, and John.