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Elizabeth "Betty" J. Adams


Elizabeth "Betty" J. Adams

Elizabeth (Betty) Joyce (nee Miller) Adams: Oct 2nd 1925 - September 10, 2019.  Announcing with great love and respect for a life lived with no regrets, the passing away of our beloved Betty the 6th cousin to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth of England (on the wrong side of the bed sheets) as she put it.

Born in Charlottetown, PEI then moving to Economy N.S, she was the daughter of Clara Edna Tanton and James Alexander Miller (Veteran of The Battle of Vimy Ridge, Economy N.S and French Fort PEI).

As a young lady she went on to work and study the hand tinting of photos at a photography studio in Toronto, Ont. In her early twenties she began studying Nursing in Halifax where she met her soul mate and love of her life, Fulton Adams. During her long working life, she enjoyed waitressing in the Yukon and the BA Restaurant and thoroughly enjoyed her artistic and volunteer endeavours for 30+ years for the Westmorland Historical Society at the St. James Beachkirk Textile Museum located in Dorchester, NB.  She especially loved her time spent teaching the summer students and guiding tours. Betty recreated period costumes, quilts, prepared wool and other fibers into spun yarn. Her creative endeavors also included watercolours, pottery, tatting, and fine needlework to repair and create new hangings for Trinity Church. Betty embodied and preserved all aspects of cottage craft and its relevance. She made appearances dressed in full period costume as Queen Victoria and played the part well for many teas and local events. Most of all, Betty was known to captivate those around her with her tales and stories.  Betty’s love of travel with her mother and family in tow were part and parcel of her adventurous spirit.

Betty was recognized by NB Premier Alward for her decades of volunteer work for the Westmorland Historical Society and also awarded a Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Pin. 

She appreciated her Father and Mother's hard work done on the farm. Was proud of her Scottish, English, Mi’kmaq heritage and embraced them proudly through her daily endeavours.  (Local wildcrafted plants and medicinals, wine making, textile craft)

Predeceased by her husband Fulton James Adams WW II Veteran of Charlottetown in her early forties, her parents Clara and James, brother John, J. Walter and eldest daughter Helen Elizabeth 2017.

Predeceased by dear friends Pamela Black, Sylvia Yeoman, Mary and William Elliott and Jo-Ann Irving-Mitton and her many beloved pets, especially her best canine friend for 20+ years GiGi.

Survived by her siblings Louise Faulkner (Vancouver,B.C), William Miller (Economy, N.S), daughter Heather Louise Adams, (Vancouver, B.C) and long estranged son Donald Miller Adams (Winnipeg, MB) loved and missed by his mother as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Betty also leaves behind her Godchildren, dear life long friends, her quilting friends at St. Ann’s, loving staff and friends at Sackville Autumn Lee and her many "Drew Family Friends" and the Fundy Unit Team and staff throughout the building at the Drew Nursing home and her beloved community of Dorchester, her chosen home.  

Betty did not learn to complain about anything, until urged to reluctantly do so in her late years. We were saddened in her last days by the fact that Betty no longer wanted food. We have coined Betty the "Original Foodie". Money was scarce but Betty’s palette was international and particular. Among her favourites were stinky blue cheeses, raw onions, Japanese Sushi, Chinese food in Vancouver, smoked salmon with cream cheese and crackers.  Betty leaves behind several recipes: Clara’s shortbread, mayonnaise, tea biscuits, fish cakes and how to make dandelion wine.

Arrangmeents have been entrusted to Jones Funeral Home, 70 Bridge St., Sackville, NB (506-364-1300).  Her funeral service will be held from the Trinity Anglican Church, Dorchester, NB on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 2 pm, Father Craig O'Brien officiating.  Burial will follow in the Dorchester Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers those wishing to make a donation in Betty’s memory may do so to the Trinity Anglican Church, Dorchester, NB or to the Charity of your choice.

Sharing of memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Betty's online memorial at or through the Jones Funeral Home Facebook Page.

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Service Date
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Service Time
2 pm
Service Location
Trinity Anglican Church, Dorchester, NB

No Visiting Hours

Burial Date
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Burial Location
Dorchester Rural Cemetery

Requested Charity
Trinity Anglican Church, Dorchester