With close family members surrounding her, Mary Lynn Lewis Adams Tyrrel passed from mortality into the spirit world on Friday,10 May 2019 in Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona. Beloved and cherished by her family, she was held in high regard for her compassion, integrity, strength of character, and her faith in Jesus Christ.
Mary Lynn was born on Monday, 1 February 1932 to Walter Larcom Lewis and Nettie Ann Hatch Lewis in Taylor, Navajo County, Arizona. She was the fourth of six children. Though her family later lived for several years in Winslow and Holbrook, they returned to Taylor and she always regarded and loved Taylor as her hometown. She attended Snowflake High School. She loved music and was a member of the Glee Club, school choir, she was also a cheer leader.. During her Senior year she met and fell in love with Leon Ray Adams. They were married three weeks after her graduation on 14 June 1950 in Globe, Gila County, Arizona later being sealed in the Mesa Arizona LDS Temple on 3 November 1950. Six children blessed their marriage: Kerry, Dan, Del, Marolyn, Marla and Maelon.
Her family and home was her life and primary focus. She was a wonderful mother, a meticulous housekeeper, a marvelous cook and known for her quilts, knitting, crocheting and handicrafts that she generously shared with family and friends. She had a remarkable memory and facility to recall names and dates, and remembered birthdays and special occasions, endearing herself to all her posterity with cards, balloons and sticks of gum. If she couldn’t sleep at night, instead of counting sheep, she would recite all the names and birthdays of her family and posterity. Her love, words of counsel and encouragement shaped several generations and blessed them with joyful memories.
Mary Lynn was a faithful, devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in a wide variety of positions in the Primary, Mutual, and Relief Society auxiliaries in ward and stake. Positions included many leadership and teaching callings in Ward and Stake Relief Society. How she loved and supported Relief Society and lived the motto, “Charity never faileth”, all her life. She was a member of the Singing Mothers. She also loved and was actively involved in Temple ordinance work and tried to visit as many temples she could. She loved traveling and took many trips.
Though she was self-conscious of her perceived limited formal education, she was an avid reader with wide-ranging interests. She never tired of gaining knowledge. After her children married, she spent hours reading to her husband when they traveled together. Later, she attended Mesa Community College. She actively supported her first husband, Leon Adams, in his many business activities, and served as a corporate officer in several corporations. She was also involved in political affairs serving as a precinct committeeman and captain for many years. She promoted principles of freedom and liberty and was a staunch defender of the U.S. Constitution.
For the first several years of her marriage she and her husband and children traveled to various construction jobs. They lived in a mobile home that they parked in various Arizona towns like Taylor, Globe, Casa Grande, Florence, Apache Junction and Coolidge so that they were close to the construction projects that Leon was working on.. In 1955 they located into a lovely new home in Chandler, Arizona. In 1960, the family relocated to Apache Junction, Arizona where they finished raising their six children, and lived in the same house for 33 years. After Leon suffered a disabling stroke in 1992, she nursed and cared for him for nearly five years, until his death on 29 March,1997. Mary Lynn then resided at various locations, alternating with family members in Arizona, Utah and Missouri.
She met and married Jerry Tyrrel in December of 2002, and they made their residence at his farm in the tiny town in Osborn, Missouri. In 2004 she and Jerry relocated 17 miles east of Kingman, Arizona for two years working for Mineral Mountain Mining. They relocated to St. George, Utah for several years, then in February 2010 they moved to Tempe, Arizona, where they resided until Mary Lynn’s death. Jerry and Mary Lynn had a special relationship, loving and supporting each other for over 16 years. Even with all the moves, Mary Lynn made lasting friends where ever she lived and was very active in the church and community, whether great or small.
She is survived by her husband Jerry H. Tyrrel, her children Kerry (Ellen), Danny, Del Adams, Marla (Randall) Vaughan and Maelon (Steve) Vaughan, 28 grandchildren, and 88+ great-grandchildren, her brother Farrell W. Lewis, sisters Carol (Terry) Holliday and Virginia (Dallas) Stock, sisters-in-law Louise Nielsen, Margaret Adams, Gaye Adams, Evelyn Johnson, Betty (Dan) Haws and Nelda (Ben) Davis and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband Leon Adams, her daughter Marolyn (Robert) Burk, her great-grandson Jonathan Manwaring, her parents, her sisters Doreen Stuart and Thelma Jean Lewis, sister-in-law Irene Lewis, parents-in-law Joe and Belle Adams, brothers-in-law Hal, Lavoy and Mel Adams, James Chapman, Dale Johnson, Pete Thompson, Lonnie Larson, Virgil Stuart, and Harold Rapier.
Mary Lynn was both self-motivated and motivating, yet humble, having no idea how many people she touched with her endless love and affection. She enjoyed the beauties and refinements of life. She prevailed in her faith, even in life’s greatest challenges. She loved the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and bore a fervent testimony of the risen Lord and of the eternal plan of salvation. She loved unconditionally and all were welcome in her home. She is loved and missed by so many.
There is a visitation Sunday, May 26, 2019 from 6-8 PM at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ 85201. Funeral services are Monday, May 27, 2019 at 10 AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Tempe Stake Center, 2707 S. College Ave., Tempe, AZ 85282. Interment is Monday, May 27, 2019 at 4 PM at the Reed Hatch Memorial Cemetery, 400 Center Street, Taylor, AZ 85939.
She sounds like a truly remarkable woman! We are so sorry for your loss!
Bless you and your family. Your sweet mother is in Heaven helping others do their Godly work. Love you and have been thinking of you so much. Her memories will be in your heart forever and ever
Dearest Marla and family,
We send our love and prayers as your mother is reunited with Father in Heaven and her loved ones there. May your hearts be lifted and comforted with thoughts of sweet Heavenly reunions and wonderful memories of your time with her here on Earth
Much love and condolences.
Tom and Gina Wheeler
Dear family and loved ones, please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. It has helped me and many others to know that the Bible promises that soon God “will swallow up death forever” (Isaiah 25:8) and that He will bring about a resurrection of our dear loved ones (John 5 : 28, 29) . May “the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort,” comfort you during your time of sadness. (2 Corinthians 1: 3)
So sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. So nice to know about the plan of salvation. You and Randy will be in my prayers. Love you both Charles Bromley
You guys will all be in my prayers. it hurts that i haven’t talk to great grandma in a long time. she was the best great grandma anyone could ever ask for and she was the absolute sweetest. that’s where grandma marla gets it’s from. i love you guys.
Mary Lynn was the wonderful mother of my dearest friends. Have known the Adam’s since 1962. She was born on the same birthdate as my Dad, and I enjoyed calling and giving cards whenever I could. A truly amazing woman. God bless All of the extended “Adam’s Family.
May your Comforter come just as He said He would in the time of your dear Mother’s passing.
My love to you and your family. I am packing right now for an early flight Sunday morning for a brother’s wedding on Monday. Thank you for the phenomenal tribute of your precious mother.
Oh sweet Grandmother, how you are loved and missed greatly. Being your oldest grandchild has been a blessing. Something that I have worn like a badge of honor. I have looked up to you all my life. I hope to continue to make you proud and live by your example.
To all of your family and friends, I love you all for loving my grandma. Her compassion and kindness was infectious. I hope we can always stay close and care for one another just like she would of wanted. Life is short, being the kind of people to go the extra mile to love one another is the best way to honor Grandmas memory.
Dear Danny Adams and family, our deepest sympathy to you and your family at this time. What an amazing special spirit, who now has joined her eternal husband in the never ending circle of love, which has no end.
Our prayers that you and your family will find comfort knowing your mom is safe in the circle of Heavenly Fathers Angels.
What a beautiful obituary which beautifully reflects the true lady I have been blessed to know these past few years. Taken so suddenly, so sorry for your loss
My condolence to you Danny and Family.
God speed my dear! You are in our prayers! All my love!
She was a wonderful mother, a faithful friend, a committed Christian, a joyful person. May the peace of Christ sustain you all in your sudden loss.