Lila Viola Adams, age 89, of Arapahoe, Nebraska died on March 2, 2016, at the CA Mues Good Samaritan Nursing Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska. She was born on October 20, 1926, Virtus & Joycie (Vise) Helton on the farm south of Cambridge, Nebraska. She graduated from the Beaver City High School in 1943. Lila married Donald Adams on August 23, 1947.


Lila worked for the Farm Security Administation from 1943 to 1947, and as a secretary for the SAM and Adams Construction companies 1946 to 1987. She worked for county Judge, Alva Zieme; Attorney-at-Law, George C. Proud; the Farmers’ Home Administration 1948-1952, the Bureau of Reclamation, and crew leader for the Department of Agriculture, Census Division for Furnas, Phelps, and part of Harlan Counties.


She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, Arapahoe Women’s Club, the Order of Eastern Star, and Chapter CE P.E.O. Lila was a 4-H volunteer teaching sewing for many years and had served as chairman of the Red Cross Bloodmobile and on the Furnas County Board for Primary, General, and special elections.


Sewing was Lila’s special talent and many were recipients of her clothes, quilts, handiwork, and baby blankets. Lila also enjoyed traveling, making several pounds of Christmas candy for friends and customers, and playing cards.


She is survived by her son, Merle (Benita) Adams of Arapahoe; daughter Christine (Douglas) Snyder of Arapahoe; daughter-in-law, Melody Adams of Arapahoe; grandchildren: Rebecca (Kevin) Selin of Bellevue, Nebraska; Katherine (Logan) Dettmann of Waverly, Nebraska, Adam Snyder of Arapahoe, Grace Snyder of Fullerton, Nebraska; and Thomas Adams of Arapahoe; Great-Grandchildren, Elinor Selin and Andrew Dettmann, along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins.


She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Donald, her infant daughter, Dawn Elaine Adams; son Michael Adams; sisters, Belva Aspedon and brother-in-law, Fred, Bonnie Strickland and brother-in-law, Clifford; Vivian Harding, and brother-in-law, Verle Harding and James Goins, Brother, Vaughn Helton, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Don and Vera Faye Lewis.


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Viewing and visitation will Friday, March 4, 2016 from 10 AM till 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Home in Arapahoe, Nebraska and prior to the service at the church. Services will be held Saturday, March 5, 2016, at 10 am at the First United Methodist Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. Becky Saddler officiating.  Interment will follow at Arapahoe Cemetery, at Arapahoe, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, NE, is in charge of the arrangements.