Ava M. Adams, 89, of St. John’s Lutheran Ministries Home in Billings and formerly of Big Timber, died Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in RiverStone Hospice Home.
She was born Ava Maxine Osse on March 12, 1922, in Jamestown, N.D., one of 11 children of Bessie (Thompson) and John Osse. She grew up in northern Minnesota and moved to Montana where she attended country school in Cushman and high school in Lavina.
She married Clifford Paulson in 1939. She was a farm wife and assistant postmaster and raised her family in Belmont until Mr. Paulson died in 1964. She then moved to Billings and became house mother at night at Marillac Hall at St. Vincent Hospital’s School of Nursing.
She attended Billings Business College during the day and became the manager of the Admitting Office at St. Vincent Hospital, where she worked until 1969 when she married Edgar “Eddy” M. Adams Jr. and moved to the ranch south of Shawmut, gaining three stepchildren.
In 1990 she and Mr. Adams moved to Big Timber. Mr. Adams died in 1997. In 2001 Mrs. Adams moved to Billings to be near her daughter.
Survivors include two daughters, Claire Webber of Billings and Gail Alexander of Washington; stepchildren, Harlan Adams and Lynn Adams of Seattle and Dan Adams of Germany; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and five siblings.
Services will be held Aug. 4 at the ranch south of Shawmut. Arrangements are by Cremation and Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be made to RiverStone Hospice or St. John’s Lutheran Ministries.