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Virginia Wadsworth Adams

January 3, 1916 — June 5, 2011

Virginia Wadsworth Adams, cherished mother of Christopher, George and Anne, age 95, died on Sunday, June 5 at “Brookhaven at Lexington”, surrounded by her family. Ginny, as she was known to her family and friends, was a long time resident of Lincoln, MA before becoming a resident at Brookhaven in 1998.

Ginny was a devoted wife and mother, loyal and generous friend and lived life to the fullest. She was passionate about the arts, enjoyed the Boston Symphony, travel, New England antiques and the town of Lincoln. She was a natural athlete in tennis and golf, a gourmet cook and a gracious hostess. She had a keen interest in details as could be seen in her award winning flower arrangement at the DeCordova Museum, in fine needlepoint stitching and rug hooking. Throughout her long illness, she remained dignified and interested in her family and friends and never lost sight of the wider issues impacting the world she lived in.

Virginia Helen Dorr was born January 3, 1916 in Guild, N.H., daughter of George A. Dorr and Helen Neal Dorr. Ginny was one of four siblings. Her father owned and operated the woolen mill in Guild, NH since 1899. The mill continued to be owned and operated by the Dorr family until 1979. She was raised in a lovely Newport home, designed by architects, McKim, Mead & White.

Ginny graduated from Knox Preparatory School in Cooperstown, N.Y., attended Goucher College in Baltimore, MD and graduated from Katherine Gibbs School in Boston.

Ginny married her first love, Charles Young Wadsworth from Winchester, MA in 1938. Together they raised their three children, ultimately settling in Lincoln, MA, having also lived in Winchester and Wayland. While Charlie focused much of his energies on the community and a successful law career as Senior Partner with Hill & Barlow in Boston, Ginny was able to devote herself to a vibrant family life, was Senior Associate at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, a loyal supporter of DeCordova Museum in Lincoln and a volunteer at the Columbia Point Library in Boston. Charlie died in 1979.

In 1982 Ginny married Thomas Hinckley Adams, Jr. Tom was a long time partner at the Payne Webber firm in Boston until his death in 2000. Ginny lovingly embraced Tom's two children, Tom and John. As she did with Charlie, Ginny traveled extensively with Tom.

Ginny is survived by her sons Christopher Dorr Wadsworth (wife, Ann), George Dorr Wadsworth (wife, Joan) and their son, Gregory Young Wadsworth; daughter Anne Wadsworth Markle (husband, Alvan 4th) and their son, Brinton J.W. Markle and Alvan’s son Andrew B. Markle; stepsons, John Adams and Thomas Adams III and his two children and their families. Ginny is also survived by her sister, Priscilla Dorr Swayze and sisters-in-law Lavinia Wadsworth and Ollie Dorr and loving nieces and nephews and a host of dear friends. She was preceded in death by her oldest sister, Phyllis Newell and her younger brother, George A. Dorr., Jr.

Ginny was a member of the First Parish Church in Lincoln for many years

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to:
The Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA. 02115

Arrangements under the care of Glenn D. Burlamachi, CONCORD FUNERAL HOME, Concord.

Proud to be family owned, operated and occupied since 1936.

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Memorial Service

Friday, June 24, 2011

11:00am - 12:00pm (Eastern time)

First Parish in Lincoln

14 Bedford Rd, Lincoln, MA 01773

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