Betty Adamson (1929-2021)

February 14, 2021

Memorial services for Betty Cox Adamson of Canton, who passed away on February 4, will be held under the direction of Bartley Funeral Home at First United Methodist Church of Grand Saline on Wednesday, February 10, at 2 p.m.

Adamson was born October 7, 1929, in Dallas, Texas, the daughter of L.M. and Mary Cox. She graduated from Forest Avenue High School and attended Southern Methodist University. Her first job at age 14 was at Neiman Marcus.

She married Gordon F. Adamson on July 12, 1952, and they were married for 55 years. They started their lives together in Orange, Texas, where they had their first child, and they lived in Saltville, Virginia, before moving to Grand Saline in 1959 where their second child was born.
Adamson was focused mainly on raising her family but worked for Dr. George Marsh and Dr. Houston Long as a business manager, started a business called The Adamson House and worked for the U.S. Post Office. Her true calling came when she got tired of driving her children to the Mineola Public Library and decided to see if she could get a library started in Grand Saline.
She persuaded the city council to provide some space in the new city hall being constructed at the time and, in 1966, the doors of the Grand Saline Public Library opened with a host of volunteers in place to make it work. She served as chairman of the library board for over 30 years, and it remained her source of joy and pride all her life.

Adamson served as the first city councilwoman for the City of Grand Saline and was named Woman of the Year by the Grand Saline Chamber of Commerce. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Grand Saline where she worked for a time as the church secretary, taught Sunday school classes and sang alto in the choir. She was a founding member of a local book club that she attended monthly for over 20 years and took great joy in occasional trips to the U.K. where she tracked down her Scottish relatives.
She was preceded in death by her husband; by her parents; and by her brother L.M. Cox Jr.
She is survived by her daughter, Jan Adamson of Canton; her son and daughter-in-law, Grant and Johnna Adamson of The Colony; and her grandson, Taylor Adamson of New York City.
Memorials may be made to the Grand Saline Public Library or to an animal rescue organization of the donor’s choice.

Considering the State and CDC's current guidelines for COVID-19, please understand the need to keep a safe distance between those in attendance and wear a mask inside the building. We are all navigating the evolving situation together and want to honor Mrs. Adamson and her family while keeping everyone healthy.

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