Jean  Adams
W. Jean Skaggs Adams, age 89, of Joplin, MO, passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2019, at Freeman Hospital in Joplin.
Mrs. Adams, daughter of the late Owen and Emma (Hardesty) Skaggs, was born on April 28, 1930, in Tuttle, OK. She attended Oklahoma State University where she graduated with her associate degree. Soon after she attended Oklahoma University, where she obtained her bachelor's degree and then completed her Master's Degree in Education at Pittsburg State University.
On July 16, 1951 she was united in marriage to Robert Adams, in Hindsville, GA. Together they moved to the Joplin area in 1967.
Jean was retired from Joplin R-VIII Schools as a teacher. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, dominos, games on her iPad, and was a member of the Missouri State Retired Teachers Association. She was also a member of the Byers Avenue Methodist Church, where she volunteered numerous hours.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Adams, of Joplin; one son, Brad Adams and his wife, Marian, of Neosho; one daughter, Donna Calcote and her husband, Bill, of Houston, TX; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Buddy Skaggs, in 2017.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 21, at 11 a.m. at the Byers Avenue Methodist Church, with burial to follow at Ozark Memorial Park, in Joplin. The family will receive friends on Sunday, October 20th, from 3 till 4 p.m. at the Mason-Woodard Mortuary, in Joplin.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Byers Avenue Methodist Church and may be entrusted to the mortuary.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary and Crematory, Joplin.
Published on October 18, 2019


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Kenn Blurton
Oct 20, 2019
Gracious Lavender Basket was purchased for the family of Jean Adams by Kenn Blurton.  Send flowers
Dana (Vance) Scott
Oct 18, 2019
Mrs. Adams was my Clerical Practice teacher my Sr year. She was a great teacher and I learned a lot from her. She will be missed.
Janice Lansaw
Oct 18, 2019
Jean was a sweet lady and will be missed by all who knew her. Our condolences to the friends and family of Jean. Signed: Janice and LeeRoy Lansaw