Fay Adams (1934-2023)

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Fay B. Adams

NEW VINEYARD – Fay B. Adams passed away on June 2, 2023 at her home surrounded by family and wonderful caregivers. She was born February 18, 1934, to Harold Hargreaves and Emma J. Wells Hargreaves in New Vineyard, Maine.

Fay grew up in New Vineyard, the 2nd of 8 children in the family. She attended schools in New Vineyard and Farmington. Following her high school career, she married Duane E. Adams and moved to Brookline, MA. After a short time in Brookline, she moved back to Farmington where she lived for approx. 30 years. During this time, she worked for GH Bass in the cutting room and later proudly became the Town Clerk of Farmington, serving in that roll until her retirement. Following retirement, she moved back to her hometown of New Vineyard, where she served the town well into her 80’s as a selectperson, assessor, and in whatever roll the town needed. Her hobbies included basket-making, antique sales, and bingo.

Fay was grateful for the many residents, friends, and neighbors who called on her either in person or by phone on a regular basis. She considered each New Vineyard resident a friend and someone she should know and know about. Fay enjoyed connecting with her many family members and took pride in facilitating multiple family reunions from both sides of her family. She also served as the matriarch of the family. Having lost the only older brother George at a young age, she was not only the single girl in the family but also the eldest sister of six brothers. Not many days passed without her connecting to talk to one or more of her brothers. Fay was blessed to have had so many wonderful caregivers in her life and the family cannot thank them enough. Beside the Androscoggin Home Health team, the family is so very grateful to Linda, Lynne, Sarah, and Ginger as well as many of the extended family members. Without this wonderful support, the family could not have honored her wish to live to end of life in her home in New Vineyard.

She leaves behind her children: Edward Adams of New Vineyard, companion Linda Dumont, and his son Garrett Adams; Susan Pratt and her husband Rupert of Strong, and their children Andrew and Kendra Pratt; and Sarah and Michael Churchill; Jennifer Adams of Wilton, companion Alan Beisaw, and her children Chad Adams and Emmalee Clark; and 9 Great Grandchildren. Three siblings: Bothers: Richard and wife Glenda of New Vineyard and their family (Stephen Hargreaves, Paul Hargreaves, and James Hargreaves); David and wife Louise of Shillington, PA, and their family (Scott Hargreaves, Todd Hargreaves, and Chad Hargreaves); Greg Hargreaves and wife Donna of New Vineyard and their son Jeffrey Hargreaves. The children of her brother Roland Hargreaves (Russell Hargreaves, Ronald Hargreaves, and Harold Hargreaves). She also leaves behind many grandnieces and nephews as well as a large contingent of cousins. She was very proud of her large family.

She is predeceased by her parents Harold and Emma Hargreaves, siblings Gerald Hargreaves, Sheridan (Bill) Hargreaves, Roland Hargreaves, wife Joan, and son Randall Hargreaves, and older brother George Hargreaves. She is also predeceased by first husband Duane Adams, and her companion Dick Gardner.

In keeping with her wishes, no funeral services will be held. The family wishes to invite family and close friends to join them for a graveside service when her ashes are placed at the Notch Cemetery on July 8, 2023, at 2:00 PM in New Vineyard. Following the graveside service, the family invites those present to join them for refreshments at Fay’s home. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make a donation in her name to the New Vineyard Public Library, David Bliss, Treasurer, PO Box 255, New Vineyard, ME 04956.

Memories may be shared at dsfuneral.com

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  1. Sending prayers and sympathy out to Faye’s family. She was a wonderful person. When I first took the office of Tax collector and Treasurer in Industry, Faye and the girls in the Farmington Town office were a big help to me in doing my job. Have stayed in touch with her over the years by chatting whenever I would run into her. Will certainly miss bumping into her and chatting. Fly high with the Angels, Faye!!

  2. My sincere condolences to her loved ones. She was a witty , warm , intelligent lady who cared deeply for her family and community. May her memory be for a blessing always.

  3. To Fays family I am sorry for your loss
    Fay took care of me as a lil girl and thought nothing of just blending me in with her own children
    Then as I grew up and went to the Town Office to do my business she would jump to wait on me like I was the only person in the building
    Fay fly high with the angels

  4. It was a few years back that Fay first suggested my name, unprompted by myself, to local town manager Alan Gove, as someone who might be able to fill in for the regular town meeting moderator at a Farmington Special Town Meeting.

    It would be first of a few more that I would do in the years since then.

    She was a great town clerk here and then of course later the effective town manager or selectperson in New Vineyard.

    A great spirit, friend and colleague all along the way.

    Thank you, Fay.

  5. Rest well Fay. Condolences to that large family of yours.♡
    I always looked forward to Fay coming into the office the years I worked in New Vineyard. She stood out, she was on top of everything going on and was very good hearted. We had some great conversations. A true gem.

  6. My condolences to the family and friends.
    Fay served in a public capacity for many years and did so with her unique style. She always had such a wonderful sense of humor to accompany her seemingly endless supply of correct answers for my many questions during my terms as a Farmington Selectman. Our town was most fortunate to have her as its clerk.
    Thank you, Fay.

  7. My most heart felt condolences to the entire family. Fay was part of my life from when I was born. I remember traveling to Mass. to visit when I was little.
    Then when they moved back she took care of my sister and I in the little house on the New Vineyard
    Rd. Many, many great memories. She was a rock for many and I was blessed to have her in my life.
    Much love, Debbie

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