Janice Brown Adams, 85, of Colchester, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, November 18, 2021, returning Home to be with her Lord and Savior. Born June 27, 1936 in Colchester, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Dorothy (Palmer) Brown. She graduated from Bacon Academy in 1954 and enrolled in Eastern Connecticut State University in 1964 while raising her five children as a single mother. She graduated ECSU in 1971 and went on to get her Master’s in 1984.
In 1972, she began working in the Lebanon school system as a kindergarten teacher. She taught the “transition” program for a period and later first grade which she taught for most of her career. She retired in 2000. In her retirement, she continued teaching art classes as a volunteer for the Colchester Bible Baptist Church.
Janice was deeply devoted to her faith and family. She was a founding member of Colchester Bible Baptist Church which began with a small group of women meeting in a living room for Bible study before they recruited a pastor and moved to the old Knights of Pythias building. Janice began holding Good News Clubs in backyards over summers for neighborhood children. As the church grew, she was instrumental in bringing AWANA to the church. She loved putting her teaching experience to work, using her creativity in church programs for children and attending to church bulletin boards as a labor of love.
She had a love for art, puzzles, crocheting, and meeting people. She collected friends and ‘adopted’ family wherever she went -- in church, on trains, and even her chemotherapy treatments. She loved butterflies and dogs, and welcomed many dogs in need into her home over the course of her life.
Janice is survived by her children and their spouses Robert “Rick” Adams Jr. and Lori Adams of Charlotte, NC; Kathleen Brown and Gus Brown of Waldoboro, ME; Stephen Adams and Donna Adams of Colchester; MaryGrace Dennler and Bernard Dennler Jr. of Colchester; and Christopher Adams and Tony Adams of Wethersfield; her brother Fred Brown of Colchester; 12 grandchildren and over 20 great grandchildren; numerous other extended family and friends; and her dog Googie.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, December 5 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Rd, Colchester, CT 06415. A funeral service will take place the following morning on Monday, December 6 at 10:00 AM at the Colchester Bible Baptist Church; burial will follow in the Exeter Cemetery in Lebanon. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Colchester Bible Baptist Church 38 Chestnut Hill Rd, Colchester CT 06415, or to the Colchester Hayward Volunteer Fire Company, 52 Old Hartford Road, Colchester CT 06415, or to Camp Northfield www.campnorthfield.com. For online condolences, please visit www.auroramccarthyfuneralhome.com.
Colchester Bible Baptist Church
38 Chestnut Hill Rd, Colchester CT 06415
Colchester Hayward Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary
18-54 Old Hartford Rd., Colchester CT 06415