Wednesday, December 01, 2010

OBT: Margie Adams

Marjorie Valentine Adams

Marjorie Valentine Adams Dec. 7, 1913 - Nov. 16, 2010 Marjorie
Valentine Adams noted birder, writer, and artist, graduated from
Austin High School with scholastic honors. At the University of Texas
she studied as an art and English major. She married Louis Taft "Red"
Adams February 14, 1933. They had been married 72 years. She worked
for stations KNOW and KVET with Jake Pickle, Ed Syers, Bob Phinney,
and John Connally. She was editor of The Texas Builder magazine. Her
feature stories appeared in LOOK, POST, and READER'S DIGEST. Her
weekly column BIRD WORLD was published in numerous Texas newspapers.
She and Red were pioneers in Austin's film industry. Their films Where
Should a Squirrel Live and What Good Is a Warbler, received many
national awards. Marjorie was active in the Texas Outdoor Writers
Assoc., Writers' League of Texas, Travis Audubon Society, and she
served as a Regional Director of the Texas Ornithological Society.
"Margie and Red" helped establish the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve.
She was a founding life-member of the American Birding Association.
Marjorie's book, BIRD-WITCHED, was published in Nov. 2005. Marjorie is
survived by daughter, Zilla Adams, son, Lew Adams and wife Louise,
grandchildren Melynda Smith and husband Joe, Kelly Zabcik and husband
Bob, Adam Witherspoon and wife Jessica, Alethea Anthony and husband
Dennis, nine great grandchildren, and cousins June Smothers, James P.
Davis and Elizabeth Kelley. Marjorie and her husband Red were founding
members of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin. A
memorial service will be held at 4700 Grover Ave., Austin, TX, 78756,
Sunday December 5, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be
made to the Travis Audubon and/or the First Unitarian Universalist
Church.

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