Ann Mae Adams was born July 10, 1956, to the late Arthur B. and Garnet Mae (Livingston) Adams in Saint Joseph, MO. Ann was welcomed home by her big brother, Jay B. Adams. In 1974, she graduated from Wathena High School, Wathena, KS and in 1978, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Ottawa University, Ottawa, KS. Following graduation Ann taught school in Troy, Kansas from 1978 until 1982. She taught Jr. High and High School PE, basketball, and track. She also substituted and coached 7th grade girls’ basketball. In 1982, Ann moved to Lubbock and taught adults how to drive a school bus. From 1988 until 2006, Ann worked for University Medical Center. In 2006, Ann began working for First Care, who was eventually bought out by Baylor Scott and White. She remained there until her retirement in December of 2021.
Ann loved playing basketball and that love started while playing in her driveway as a kid. In school Ann played from sixth grade until graduation. In college she oversaw the women’s intramural program. Ann was a proud Lady Raider season ticketholder since 1992. Like basketball, Ann also had a love for music and was involved with her church music program, teaching children’s choir and singing in the adult choir while attending both Trinity Baptist Church and Southcrest Baptist Church.
A very special relationship was started in 1993, while Ann was attending Trinity Baptist Church. It was there that Ann met Glee and her son Benton Britt. Ann was Benton’s favorite candy lady. She always had some sort of hard candy waiting for him which she kept in the cover of her Bible. Their friendship grew into a family over the years and Ann eventually became known as “Nana” to Skylar and Everley. Several years ago, when Nana was diagnosed with cancer, she moved in with Benton, Alyssa and their daughters.
Nana is survived by her Lubbock family, Benton and Alyssa Britt, their daughters, Skylar and Everley; her brothers, Jay Adams of Saint Joseph, MO, and Larry (Rebecca) Adams of Columbus, NE; nieces, Monica Algeria from Kansas City, KS and Christina Adams of Lawrence, KS.