Deborah Gay Adams went home to be with her Lord and Savior on September 6th, 2021, in Gig Harbor Washington at the age of 64.
Deborah was born June 20th, 1957, in Seattle, Washington. She was the third of four children born to Frank and Shirley Hren. During her childhood she found the most joy in spending time with her mother. She graduated from Kentridge High School in 1975, then went on to study at Central Washington University. She married Steven Maxwell on September 12th, 1980, with whom she had five beautiful children. Deborah raised her children first in Washington and then Alaska. She is fondly remembered by her children as a devoted mother and grandmother. Her home was always filled with music and love. She taught her children the value of a good home cooked meal around the family dinner table, and more importantly, always having dessert… but just a bite. Deborah loved spending time with her ten grandbabies, always asking to babysit and usually having a new toy or candy to give them.
Deborah met Gregory Adams in July of 2019, and knew it was love at first sight. On September 15th, 2019, she married Greg at Salty’s on Redondo beach after a whirlwind fairytale romance. Greg shared his love of traveling with Deborah; they spent their brief but happy marriage traveling on cruises and taking their RV around the US visiting family.
Deborah is remembered by friends and family as a bright light who always made a grand entrance. She was boisterous and charismatic, always filled with joy to see those she loved and cared about. While she loved celebrating special occasions, she would often bring gifts for no other reason than it brought her joy. She loved the finer things in life; dining at Salty’s and shopping at Nordstrom. More importantly, she loved a bargain, so it gave her even greater joy to do so during happy hour and a good sale.
Deborah, a woman of strong faith, lived her life to honor and serve Jesus. She used her gifts of drawing in the broken-hearted and sharing the love of Jesus, to lead others to a relationship with the Lord. Despite hardships in life, her faith never wavered. In any circumstance she was quick to point people to Jesus; she truly believed He was “the Way, the Truth, and the Life,” and that was how she lived.
Deborah is survived by her husband Gregory Adams, five children and three step children; Kyle Maxwell (Laura), Kadee Huling (Anthony), Abigail Orr (Daniel), Caleb Maxwell, Sarah Miller (Brad), Darryl Adams (Sara), Celeste Erickson, and Jeremy Adams (Sandy), her grandchildren; Emmalie Maxwell, Asher, Vincent, and Oliver Huling, Blakely, Priscilla, Guy, and Townes Orr, Lucah Miller, Mason, Corey, and Justin Adams, Alicia Crawford (Cory), Joshua Erickson (Emily), Dylan and Evan Adams, her great grandchildren; Elena and Addie Crawford, and Gracelynn Erickson, and her siblings; Cheryl Budinich (Steve), Judy McDaniels, and Gary Hren. She is preceded in death by her parents Frank and Shirley Hren and her grandson Preston Maxwell.
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