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Barbara Jeanne Adams 83-year resident of Hermosa Beach, CA, Barbara Jeanne Adams, "Bonnie," peacefully passed away on October 2, 2009, at her home, surrounded by family. Born January 8, 1926, in Los Angeles, she lived on 24th Street in Hermosa for her entire life. Bonnie is survived by her daughter, Janis Patten (Patrick) of Huntington Beach; her son Herb Adams (Karen) of Long Beach; Sandra Roderick (Tim) of Redondo Beach; granddaughters Camron White (Jimmy), Erin Brack (Dru), Brittany Roderick and Kelsey Adams; great grandchildren Noah Iida, Mackenzie Brack, and Jamison Brack; her sister, Lorraine Henry (Stan) of Boise, ID; niece Phyllis Jones (Mike); nephews Michael Henry (Dottie), Steve Henry (Robin), Jim Henry (Charlene), and all of their progeny. She is preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence R. Adams, and her parents Herbert and Hazel Besant also long-time residents of Hermosa Beach, CA. Bonnie had a great gift of dedicating herself to her surroundings - be it her family, her friends, or her community. She attended North School and Ocean View, and graduated from Pier Avenue Jr. High School and Redondo Union High School. After high school she worked for the United States Army at the Port of Embarkation during World War II, where she met her future husband Larry. She worked for the city of Hermosa Beach for many years, supported the early Junior Lifeguard program, the local Little League, the Job's Daughter's Activities and the Mira Costa High School sports programs. Subsequently, she became a great coordinator in the planning of her beloved Redondo Union High School reunions. Bonnie was also a very spiritual person. She was an early member of St. Cross Episcopal Church, and in her later years became a regular member of the Church of Religious Science. As a strong community activist, she was an original (1948) member of the Anchor's Children's Hospital Guild until her death, and enjoyed 45 years with the Anchor's bowling league. Bonnie was a beautiful seamstress and talented in other home arts. She designed and hand painted tee shirts and sweatshirts sold at many local craft shows for many years. Travel was another of her passions. She and her husband traveled throughout South America visiting family and sightseeing. She toured China, Europe, Australia, and visited all 50 states. Her many cruises took her to Alaska, Mexico, through the Panama Canal, and along the rivers of Europe. In later years she was very active in planning bus trips for the Manhattan Beach Seniors to local casinos and on longer trips to Laughlin, Las Vegas, and Stateline. Bonnie's love of her family and friends guided the way she lived her life. If you have met Bonnie, she most definitely touched your heart, and most assuredly, you touched hers. There will be a huge void in the lives of ALL who knew and loved her. She will remain in our hearts forever. A memorial service will be held at the Church of Religious Science at 907 Knob Hill, Redondo Beach, CA 90277, on Friday, October 9th at 11o'clock in the morning . A reception at the Bluewater Grill, 665 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 will immediately follow the services. Please go to www.lafuneral.com to send the family messages, share memories, and obtain directions to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations are made to the American Cancer Society or Children's Hospital of Los Angeles in her name.

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  1. Our hearts goes out to the entire Adams family. Bonnie was a wonderful friend, a kind woman and a much loved person. We will all be a little less fortunate not to have her in our lives. We will miss you a lot Bonnie. Love, Patrice Preston, Mary Davis and Jewel Slaney

  2. Herb, Karen, Kelsey and Family, Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family at this time. May you all find comfort in your sweetest and fondest memories of your mother, and find healing in the love that surrounds you and that which surrounds her now. Love, Lori, Jim, Jake & Luke Spillane

  3. Dear Janis and Herb, I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I know how difficult this time must be, and I want you to know I’m thinking of you and remembering all the wonderful times our families had together when we were growing up. Remember going on the boat to Catalina? And how your mom made my 8th grade graduation dress? I still use her recipe for homemade chocolate cake — there’s none better! I don’t know how else to contact you, so please forgive the impersonal nature of this email. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Best to you both, Kathie

  4. My thoughts and my heart are with you all. Bonnie WAS 24th Street. As a neighbor she embodied the meaning of community. Always available to share a story of her experiences here on the block, provide that cup of sugar, and give of herself – the shear joy of life itself. As your cheerleader in life, I know that her presence will be sorely missed. She will be with all of us too as a cherished friend, and neighbor. It was indeed an honor to know her. Although I am not able to be with you at the memorial today, I will be with you in spirit and with love. Sincerely, Claudia Levin

  5. dear kelsey, karen & herb- We share comfort in knowing Bonnie is no longer suffering. We send thoughts of sympathy and support to you as you begin your journey without Bonnie. Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow and forever. with love, alexanda, betty & kevin spillane

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