On November 30, 2023, Anina Porter Adams made her transition to her new life.
She was born Anina Mae Porter on February 16, 1929, to Thomas Nathan Porter and Anina Mae Vasey Porter in Southeastern Pennsylvania. As a small child, she was cured of polio by versions of chiropractic care and hypnotherapy and went on to sing and perform in school musicals. During World War II, she spent evenings serving as a neighborhood Plane Spotter, looking out for enemy aircraft. For this, she received a commendation from the U. S. Government. She received many letters from soldiers and sailors, and wrote to friends, family, and pen pals. The letters were treasures to her.
Family friend Wilbur Howard Adams returned from service and he and Anina married in 1946. Her high school allowed her to attend her senior year in person, even though she was a married woman. Eventually, Anina and Wilbur had two sons, Kenneth Alan and Craig Thomas. Anina spent much of her time being a wonderful, caring mother. As her sons reached their teens, she volunteered for several organizations that helped women in crisis and other people who needed assistance.
Anina and Wilbur began visiting Virginia when they developed an interest in Edgar Cayce and enjoyed the Association for Research and Enlightenment in Virginia Beach. The rest of the immediate family moved to Norfolk, VA before Anina and Wilbur joined them in 1981. Her strong love of learning led Anina to attend college and she started at Bucks County Community College in PA. Upon arriving in Virginia, Anina attended Old Dominion University. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1986 and a Master of Arts degree in 1991. She also earned certificates in Women’s Studies and in Jungian Thought. She authored a Jungian-themed play, “Overall Laughing One and the Experiences,” which can be found on the ODU on-line library. She was a membership of Phi Theta Kappa (BCCC) and Phi Kappa Phi (ODU). She also studied Hypnotherapy.
Anina spent many years following the Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery, who come to Hampton, VA from their American location in Georgia. She sponsored a monk in the main monastery in India for thirty years. She became a Tibetan Buddhist in her heart and mind. “Tashi Delek.”
Anina cared for Wilbur until his passing in 2007. She had several bouts with cancer, which she survived with increasing vulnerability. The older of her sons, Kenneth, passed away in 2022 in New Mexico. Her surviving family members include son Craig (wife Debra Burrell), Kenneth’s widow, Pamela Adams, Ken’s daughter Anina Adams Davis (husband Greg and their daughter Audrey), Ken’s son Nathan Adams (wife Alessandra Gambi). There are many cousins she was in contact with and loved very much. She very much appreciated the friendship and guidance from her spiritual advisor Lawrence LaFevre. She cared very much for her neighbors, the Harrisons, Mr. Sligh, Mr. Owen Davis, and Mrs. Loretta Merritt.
Many thanks to the staff and doctors at Rosemont Health and Rehabilitation. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Drepung Loseling Monastery, the American Civil Liberties Union, or a charity of your choice.
May her spirit guide us.