Helen Virginia Adams, 89, of Lakefield Township/McMillan, died Monday evening June 1, 2020 at McLaren Northern Michigan in Petoskey. Born July 3, 1930 in Wadsworth, Ohio, daughter of the late John and Freda (Straub) Drollinger, Helen was a graduate of Wadsworth High School and a 1953 graduate (Summa Cum Laude) of The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in education. Helen taught kindergarten, first and second grades in Columbus, Ohio, Birmingham, Michigan and San Bernardino, CA until her retirement to raise her two children Eric and Barbara. Later in life she taught classes and was a supporter of the YWCA in Royal Oak, Michigan. Helen first met her husband William Adams as a sophomore in high school 75 years ago and they were attracted to each other almost immediately. They were united in marriage on August 29, 1953 after she graduated from college. They resided in Royal Oak, Michigan for more than 30 years. They enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. In their college years they had often made the trip to school on a Harley Davidson motorcycle. In their 70’s, they bought a new Harley and made several tours around Upper Michigan and the western United States on it. They were seasonal residents of the Lakefield Township area and, in 1986, permanently moved to the area. Helen was a member of the Newberry United Methodist Church, active member of the Newberry Garden Club and former member of the Newberry Women’s Club.
One of her greatest joys was having her children and grandchildren visit at their home on Big Manistique Lake. In addition to her parents, Helen is preceded in death by her siblings John Drollinger, Mary Emerick and Dale Drollinger. Survivors include her loving husband of over 66 years, Bill, of McMillan; children Eric (Jennifer) Adams of Indianapolis, Indiana and Barbara Adams of Royal Oak, Michigan; grandchildren Philip and Elizabeth Adams, Nicole Sypniewski and Logan Bursick. At a later date, Helen will be fondly remembered and celebrated with a memorial service at the Newberry United Methodist Church. Memorials may be directed to Project Petunia in care of the Newberry Garden Club or the Newberry United Methodist Church in her memory.
Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.