CUMBERLAND — Winifred S. Adams, 94, died July 17 in Portland.
She was born Jan. 4, 1921, in East Boothbay, the daughter of Louena M. Spear and Charles F. Smithwick. She attended East Boothbay Grammar School and graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in Portland.
Adams trained as nurse at the Maine Eye and Ear Infirmary in Portland, and after a brief stint at a New York City hospital, she returned to Maine to live and work.
She married Ervin E. Adams in 1950, and together they raised three children in Falmouth. Although Ervin died in 1990, Winifred continued to live independently until accepting the invitation of her son and daughter-in-law to join them in their Cumberland home.
Adams was an avid spectator at her children’s school events, and attended every sporting event in which they played or coached. She also cheered on her grandchildren, and was their frequent opponent in checkers. In addition, she enjoyed cooking and baking, bird watching, gardening, knitting and bowling.
A longtime Red Sox fan, Adams made frequent trips to watch games at Fenway Park, even into her late 80s.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brother, Weston F. Smithwick, of Vassalboro and Kansas City, Missouri.
Adams is survived by her children: Michael E. Adams, of Cumberland, and his wife, Carol; Ann E. Adams, of Portland, and her husband, Daniel W. Boutin; and Charles S. Adams, of Acton, and his wife, Brenda. Also surviving are her grandchildren: Kate Snyder, of Bethesda, Maryland, and her husband, Pete; John Adams, of Dillon, Colorado, and his wife, Nadine Carter; David Adams, of Frisco, Colorado, and his wife, Erin; Elliot Adams Boutin, of Portland; and Alexander Adams Boutin, of Brooklyn, New York. In addition, she is survived by two great-grandchildren, Maxwell and Oscar Snyder of Bethesda, Maryland.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated July 25 at St. Pius X Church, in Portland, with interment following at Ocean View Cemetery, Boothbay Center.
Adams’ family would like to give special thanks to the staff of Fallbrook Woods who provided comfort and care in her last days, as well as to the staff of The Cedars and the Stewart Center.