March 5, 1924 ~ November 24, 2003
Markolita Dyess Adams
Markolita was born on March 5, 1924 in Webb, Mississippi, to Louise Savage
Dyess and Robert Hitt Dyess. She was the third of six children. She
attended schools in Sumner and Webb, MS. She graduated from Webb-Swan Lake
High School in 1941 and majored in Bacteriology and Chemistry at Mississippi
State College for Women (now Mississippi University for Women.) She was an
active member of the Wesley Foundation, and a member of the Methodist
After receiving her B.S. degree in 1945, she took a position at the
Methodist Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee as a Medical Technologist. In
Memphis she met and married Andrew Jackson Adams, who was a Captain in the
Air Transport Command at nearby Millington, TN. He preceded her in death in
1992, after 44 years of marriage.
With her husband. she moved to Torrance, California in 1948, and was
employed at the â€œoldâ€ Torrance Memorial Hospital on Engracia Avenue where
she worked for 20 years. She has been a resident of Redondo Beach since
She is survived by her two children, Robert Rowlett Adams of Auburn, CA, and
Suzanne Adams George of Redondo Beach; her grandson, Richard Adams of Blue
Eye, MO; one great-grandson, Bradley Adams; her two sisters, Lenrose Jahiel
of Urbana, IL and Corrinne Lee of Cascade, ID; and a brother, Robert
Shoffner Dyess of Elkins, AR.
Her special interests were first of all her family, her Church, the Church
Circle, and the Redondo Beach Woman's Club. She was active in many ways,
giving of herself in any activity where she could serve others. When there
was personal time or energy left, she enjoyed handwork, baking, and
gardening. Always an example of love, service, and responsibility, she will
be sorely missed by her family and friends.
Visitation will be Sunday, November 30, from 12:00 to 4:00 P.M. at the White
and Day Colonial Mortuary, 901 Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
Graveside services will be Monday, December 1, at 1:00 P.M. at Green Hills
Memorial Park, 27501 S. Western Avenue, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275. In
lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Hospice Foundation, 2601
Airport Dr., Suite 230, Torrance, CA 90505, or to the First United Methodist
Church, 243 S. Broadway, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
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