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Dec 4, 2013 - Staff
Lenna Adams, of Lander, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Lander. She was 86 years old.
Visitation will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in the Chapel of Mount Hope, Hudson's Funeral Home, Lander. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in the Chapel of Mount Hope.
Lenna Rayown Shaw Adams was born May 25, 1927, at home in Vermillion, Utah, the daughter of Joseph and Lenora Shaw. She had six brothers and two sisters.
The family later moved to Aurora, Utah, where she grew up. During her childhood, she milked cows, herded sheep and worked on the farm. Her family said she hated to work in the beet field.
She attended school in Siguard, Utah, Aurora, Utah, and Salina, Utah.
On Oct. 8, 1943, she married Arrel Jackson Adams of Scipio, Utah. They had six children and lived in Orem, Utah. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple in February 1958 and had their two children sealed to them.
In 1962, the couple bought their home at 834 S. Seventh St. in Lander.
In 1999, she married Donald Lawson, and he had four children Beverly, Nancy, Kathleen and Jack. They made their home in Lander and Scipio, Utah, until he died in 2001. Mrs. Adams had four grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
She worked in the school lunch program in Utah for seven years and at the South Side Grade School in Lander for 24 years. She retired in 1989.
She held many positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Primary, M.I.A., Sunday School and Relief Society.
Her family said she loved to do handwork and made beautiful quilts for each of her children and grandchildren. She also volunteered at nursing homes and hospitals and loved to travel, hunt, fish, play golf and get together with friends and play games on cold winter nights. In 1992, she started the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers program in Lander, and she had belonged to a group of quilt-making ladies since 1993.
She is survived by her children Jeanette James of Lander and A.J. (Vickie) Adams of Lander.
She was preceded in death by her children DeAnn (Craig) Adams Haines of Rupert, Idaho, Lenora, Joan and Joann.