Flora Bolling Adams, 99, died peacefully May 18, 2021, at home after a good, long life.
She was born Feb. 26, 1922, the ninth of 11 children to Robert Henderson Bolling and Laura Boggs Bolling in Flat Gap. She received a two-year teaching degree from Radford State Teachers’ College (now Radford University), and later earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Maryland University. Flora married Kelsey Adams in 1945. They moved to the Washington, D.C., area around 1950 and raised their four children in the Maryland suburbs. After retirement, they relocated to Williamsburg.
She taught school for 42 years, the last few as a teachers’ specialist, where she had the opportunity to share her considerable experience with others. During her life, among many things, she was an active member of the Christian Science Church; charter member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary teachers’ sorority; president of the Williamsburg Poetry Guild; and member of Williamsburg Republican Women, where she offered the opening prayer at meetings.
Flora had a passion for writing, both poetry and prose. She wrote and published three books for children, one play, and a book of her own poetry. She also contributed poems to other collections.
She was preceded in death by Kelsey, her husband of 61 years, who died in 2006.
Flora is survived by her children, Karen Day, Kirk Adams, Rebecca Green and Mark Adams (Hope); seven grandchildren, Jennifer, Jonathan, Mollie, Kelsey, Jeffrey, Jacob and Hayden; four great-grandchildren, True, Ruby, Eliana and Paisley; and sister, Glady Alcarese.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 23, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg. A reception will immediately follow services.
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