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Diane Rae Simonson Adams

Diane Rae Simonson Adams, 64, of Anchorage, Alaska, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, while vacationing in Hawaii, with her family by her side.

Diane was born to the late Wayne and Margaret Simonson of Cut Bank, Mont.

She graduated from Cut Bank High School in 1968, then attended Colorado State University before graduating from the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology in 1973.

Diane worked for several Alaska State agencies, including the Department of Corrections and later, the Legislature in the early 1980s, where she met her soon-to-be husband.

She and the late Al Adams were married in 1984, and they settled in Juneau, Alaska, where they raised their two sons until relocating to Anchorage in 1996.

Diane supported various organizations including the Girl Scouts, as a camp counselor, Beans Cafe and the American Cancer Society .

Diane was preceded in death by her husband, Al Adams Sr. in 2012; parents, Margaret and Wayne Simonson; sister, Peggy Simonson; brother, John Simonson; and niece, Carly Ann Nelson. Diane is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Bart and Jenel Adams and grandchildren, Thomas, Suki and Harper Adams of Anchorage; and son, Luke Adams of Anchorage; stepchildren, Al Adams Jr., Guy and Kristi Adams, Herbert Adams and Michelle and Bob Merculieff; brother, Tom Simonson of Cut Bank, Mont.; sisters-in-law, Sarah Scanlan (Mike) of Anchorage and Red Seeberger of Kotzebue, Alaska; nephews, Jon Nelson of Bozeman, Mont., and Mikey Scanlan of Anchorage; and niece, Sarah Rose Seeberger. She is also survived by long-time close friends, Sue White Levi, Ann Stokes and Claire Charlie.

Diane was known for her love of reading. Diane also loved flowers, the outdoors and horseback riding. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Diane was also an avid traveler having visited Asia, Europe, Mexico and other locales. She loved cats and often reminisced about her cat, Clifford, who was by her side for almost 20 years.

A Celebration of Diane's Life is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at the Bridge Restaurant in downtown Anchorage.

Memorials in Diane's name are suggested to the American Cancer Society or Bean's Cafe in Anchorage.

Sourcce: Alaska Dispatch News, 12 February 2015



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