DUNDEE, Mich. — Vicki Lynn Adams was born in Peoria, Ill. on October 15, 1951. She was the only daughter of three children born from the union of the late Ralph K. and Mary (Leggett) Adams. Vicki was a 1969 graduate of Washington High School. In 1978, she joined the United States Army. She acheived the rank of Sergeant. Vicki reenlisted several times and served during the Persian Gulf War, being honorably discharged in 1995.
Always being on the move, Vicki wasn’t one to let the grass grow under her feet. She wasn’t afraid of hardwork and certainly looked forward to new challenges. She helped to provide for the needs of her family with various forms of employment, including being a cook at Deland-Weldon School District, working for General Cable Corporation, employed by the post office, licensed as a home daycare provider, and even operating a roller rink in Illinois. Vicki spent 10 years as a laboratory technician at Mercy Hospital Clinics, in Berryville, Ark.
From her marriage to Clarence Jim Smith, also a U.S. Army veteran, Vicki, was blessed with the birth of three children. In addition to working outside the home, somehow, she found time to be a fabulous cook and meticulously keep a neat, clean home. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, and canning. Vicki was an avid reader of thriller novels.
Vicki Lynn Adams-Smith, age 68, of Dundee, passed away at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, November 21, 2019, at Oasis Senior Living, in Adrian. She had been under the care of Hospice of Lenawee. In addition to her parents, her passing was preceded by a brother, Jack Adams.
To cherish her memory, she leaves her beloved husband, Clarence Jim Smith; one son, Michael (April) Smith; two daughters, Darci (Matt) Marek and Danette (Sharon) White Smith; a brother, Charles (Sandy) Adams; five grandchildren, Amber, James, Sara, Emily, and Abby; three nieces, Cary, Kelly, and Mindy; and three nephews, Jeremy, Brian, and Kenny.
Friends may gather from 3-7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at Merkle Funeral Service, Dundee, 297 Tecumseh Street, Dundee, MI (734) 529-3156. Inurnment will take place with full military honors in Roanoke Township Cemetery in Roanoke, Ill. at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee. Online guests may visit www.merklefs.com.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to Hospice of Lenawee and Oasis Senior Living for their superior care.