Romona Jean Adams, 75, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2018 surrounded by family at her home in Hugoton after a long struggle with cancer.
She was born to Sidney A. Thomas and Emmagene Heger Thomas, October 26, 1942 in Liberal, KS.
She graduated Hugoton High School in 1960, Panhandle State University in 1964, and Kansas State University in 1969.
She married Forrest E. Adams August 10, 1963 at the Bethel Friends Church in Hugoton, KS.
She had a Master of Music Education and taught music for 34 ½ years starting first at the Manter School District and then at Elkhart USD 218 where she was the Music Teacher for K-6th grades.
She was a member of MTNA (1970), KMTA (1970), DKG (1965) ESA (1968), BPW (1965 until it disbanded) which she was a winner of 1st place for career young person. She was on the Stevens County Museum Board (2017 to present), a member of Stevens County Genealogy (1990 to present), Kansas Daughters of the Revolution, Farm Bureau, the Kansas Hereford Association, NRA, and Bethel Friends Church in Hugoton, KS. Romona was an active part of the Elkhart Community.
Lazy T Land & Cattle is the farm she shared with her sister and raised Polled Herefords. Her cattle were her pride and joy. She loved gardening and maintaining the many beautiful flowerbeds, she had. She enjoyed everything the farm had to offer.
Romona was a lifelong musician, having taught piano, guitar, accordion, organ, and voice for 59 years. She also taught Kindermusik for 20 years. She had many students through the years that excelled at piano and voice in contests and auditions. She gave private piano lessons from 1964 to 2017. She dearly loved to play the piano and accordion. She was a genealogy buff and had traced the family ancestry back several generations.
Romona took the Lord as her savior at the age of 10 years old with her dad at her side in the old Bethel Church when it was still in the country. She enjoyed her grandchildren to the fullest and attended as many of their activities as she could. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who tried to live by the “Golden Rule” all her life.
Survivors include her husband Forrest, her daughter Jeanine Alaine Olivas and spouse Alfonso Enrique “Kiki” Olivas of Coppell, TX. A sister Connie Thomas of Hugoton and 3 grandchildren Ian Alexander Olivas, Addyson Isabella Olivas and Isla Noelle Olivas of Coppell. TX.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be Friday, April 13, 2018 at Brenneman Funeral home from 9 am to 7 pm with the family present from 6 to 7 pm.
Funeral Service will be 2 pm Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Bethel Friends Church in Hugoton, KS, with burial in the Hugoton Cemetery.
Memorials may be given in Romona’s name to the Bethel Friends Church of to the American Cancer Society in care of Brenneman Funeral Home 1212 W. 2nd St. Liberal, KS. 67901.
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