Marjorie Ann Adams


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Marjorie Ann Adams

Marjorie Ann Adams was born on April 21, 1930 in Seattle, Washington, the daughter of Viola Marie Nygard Landweer and Robert Eisse Landweer.   She was the widow of Robert Clinton Adams V with whom she shared 55 years of married life.  She died in her Bellevue home on March 5th, 2021 surrounded by her family.

She grew up in Seattle, Washington where her father, a customs house broker, ran the Robert E. Landweer Company.  As a Campfire Girl, she attended summer camp at Camp Sealth on Vashon Island from age 7 to 21, firstly as a camper and later as a counselor.  Here she learned some of her foundational life lessons including leadership skills, the importance of good manners, and the art of making lifelong friends.  Due to its great impact on her life, we have chosen Camp Sealth as her memorial fund.

She graduated from the University of Washington in 1952 majoring in Pre-Physical Therapy, completed her Physical Therapy training at Stanford University, and eventually pursued a career as a Pediatric Physical Therapist.  At the UW she was active in the Phi Mu Sorority.

Her first job was at Children’s Orthopedic Hospital in Seattle, towards the end of the polio pandemic era.  During this time, she met her husband Robert Clinton Adams V when the Mountaineer Players produced Androcles and the Lion, (he was Androcles, she was the lion), and they were married March 4, 1955.

Since they started married life with both a car and a seaplane their first home was a houseboat on Portage bay.  In the true spirit of adventure that marked her life, she joined Bob on a flight from Seattle to Oakland, CA in their small seaplane – when she was 7 months pregnant!   The challenging flight took 2 days going down and 2 days coming back with many fuel stops on the way.  They were grounded for 2 days on lake Shasta without sufficient winds to take off and later faced head winds on the way home causing them to run out of gas forcing them to land on a nearby river.  Marge took all this in stride as part of an adventurous life.

They later moved to Bellevue and lived the rest of their lives in their Meydenbauer Bay home.  They were renowned for having an open home, welcoming guests from all around the world (you know if you were one of these!).

In the latter part of her career, she trained as a Neurodevelopment Therapy (NDT) therapist for children, and became so passionate about NDT that she devoted decades of her life training others around the world.

She threw herself with great passion into everything she did, whether work or leisure.   Over the years she was involved in promoting access for people with disabilities with the Special Technology Access Centre (STAC), teaching science in Seattle inner city schools, genealogy research, book clubs, the “Medina Goose and Duck Club” and much more.

She is survived by brother Jim Landweer (Shirley), daughter Kathy Adams Bradford (Mike), son Mike Adams (Brigit), 3 grandchildren – Megan Adams, Colleen Gough (Ben), Chris Bradford, and great-granddaughter Eden Gough.

A memorial service for her is planned for July 2021, when all can join in. Details to be announced at a later date.

Donations in lieu of flowers should be directed to Camp Sealth  ‘In memory of Marge Adams’.   Mail checks to: 2414 SW Andover Street, Suite D-105, Seattle WA 98106.  Online donations:  (include  ‘In memory of Marge Adams’  in ADDITIONAL INFORMATION box)

2 Responses to “Marjorie Ann Adams”

  • Chris Gray says:

    I was so sad to read that Marge passed. I worked with her in the therapy department at Hauck School in Kirkland. I was so lucky to work with 3 of the best PTs and have treasured that time all these years. As an OT fresh out of school, I couldn’t have asked for a more supportive group than Marge, Lois and Lynn. Since retiring, we have continued to get together for Sunday brunch once a month (until the pandemic). Those were great times. I will always remember Marge’s caring heart, great smile and laugh and support for all the children we worked with. I will miss her so much. All my love to the family.

  • Helen Withers says:

    Marge was a wonderful lady. I was a stew for Pan Am and enjoyed hanging out with the Boeing guys and water skiing at the Medina Goose and Duck Club. I went snow skiing with them on Mount Hood, tore up my knee and ended up in hospital with a cast from hip to toe. Marge came into my room and said “You are coming to live with us” and took me to the little house on Shoreland Drive. She sent a couple of the guys to get my belongings. I was able to get around on crutches, watch Kathy and Mike while she was out, do the dishes, answer the phone and take messages. When her friends asked who answered the phone, she said “The English Maid”. When the cast was taken off, she provided daily PT until I could walk well enough to go back to work. I transferred to San Francisco and when I came back to visit she said “You’ve been replaced!” I thought she had rescued someone else, but she proudly showed me her new Kitchen Aid dishwasher! She lives on in my heart.

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