Marilyn J. Adams

October 11, 1924 - July 25, 2020
Bellingham, WA

Marilyn J. Adams

October 11, 1924 - July 25, 2020
Bellingham, WA


Marilyn J. Turner Adams, a resident of Clyde Hill, WA for 60 years passed away at the age of 95 on July 25th, 2020. Marilyn is preceded in death by her husband of 65 years Norris E. Adams.

Marilyn was born October 11, 1924. Raised in Bellingham where she graduated from Bellingham High School, Marilyn went on to graduate from the University of Washington School of Journalism in 1946. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority and was granted the Golden Arrow award this year for 75 years of membership. Marilyn was also a member of Theta Sigma Phi Journalism honorary society at UW.

She was a trailblazer for women as a newspaper reporter and writer. She reported for the Bellevue American, and was a Women’s Lifestyle writer for The Seattle PI. Marilyn won numerous state and national writing awards, including a Gold Quill for business communications. She retired as a Public Relations Manager for Pacific Northwest Bell/US West Communications. Marilyn is a past member of the Bellevue-Eastside Pi Phi alumnae, Telephone Pioneers of America, Women in Communications, and a volunteer for the Bellevue Arts Museum, Washington State Historical Records Project and Clyde Hill Community Celebrations. She was also a founding member of the National Women’s Health Initiative.

Marilyn was an avid reader, creative writer, gardener, greatly enjoyed family activities, traveling the US and abroad, and boating the San Juans.

Marilyn is survived by her children; Craig Adams (Sandy) of Puyallup WA, Kyle Adams of Dallas TX, daughter Lyn Adams (Greg Roe) of Clyde Hill WA, and three grandchildren; Logan Adams, Kiley Adams and Cannon Roe.

The Adams family extends much appreciation to the special care received in these final months by dedicated staff and caregivers.

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8 responses to Marilyn J. Adams

  1. Lyn Adams says:

    Mom. Love you forever.

  2. Blessed repose and eternal memory. May your mother rest in peace. Sending love and prayers to you and your entire family.

  3. Bye mom, you will be missed..wish I was having a piece of lemon pound cake with you right now.

  4. Hey Kyle, Saw your mom’s obit in the Seattle Times this morning. You’re lucky to have had your mom for so many years. Its been a million years since highschool, hope you’re well! Dallas! I’m in Kirkland. Sorry for your loss. Bob

    1. Lyn Adams says:

      Thank you for reaching out to Kyle and our family.

  5. Jim Kern says:

    Dear family — Marilyn was a wonderful woman and a great friend. I worked with her at PNB/US WEST. She got more done accidentally than most people did on purpose. RIP.

    1. Lyn Adams says:

      Thank you Jim. You were a great boss and friend – mom so enjoyed her work group and all the friendships that lasted years after retirement. Best to you, Shelia and grandkids!

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