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Jane Adams -- Venice, Fla.

April 15, 2018 GMT

We lost our beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend, Jane Ann (Benson) Adams. She died in Rotonda West, Fla., aged 80, from Alzheimer’s Disease on April 11, 2018.

Jane was born in Rochester on March 18, 1938, to the late Laurel “Bennie” and Ruth Ann Vine Benson. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in dental hygiene in 1958. She married Lynn Adams on June 20, 1959. She is survived by her husband, Lynn O. Adams; daughter, Beth (Ken) Johnson; daughter, Wendy Melemed; son, Steve (Auni) Adams; and her brother, Dr. Robert Benson. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Catie, Abby, Aaron and Shayna Melemed, Matt and Alex Johnson, and Keaton Adams.

Mom loved running, traveling, gardening, golf and especially her family. She started long distance running in her 40s with her daughters and completed 25 marathons. She was entered in a 26th marathon and completed five of 26 miles but didn’t finish because she was undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.

For many years after overcoming cancer, she volunteered for The American Cancer Society’s Reach for Recovery program for breast cancer survivors. She was an enthusiastic member of the Lakeview Ladies Golf League in Orono, Minn., as well as being an incorrigible whistler. She traveled all over the world, taking bicycle trips with her husband, brother, Bob, and dear friends, Lowell and Phyllis Schaper.

Mom worked as a dental hygienist for Dr. Jeffrey Hall in Excelsior, Minn., before her retirement at age 50. When she found retirement not entirely to her liking, she worked for Anthony’s Ladies Apparel in Tavernier, Fla., where she mightily protested about “people leaving a mess of clothes on the floor in the dressing room.”

She would want to be remembered as she was before the disease — always on the go, full of life, laughter, and an intense curiosity as to “what exactly those people think they’re doing over there.”

Her grandchildren would like you to remember her as the “White Tornado.” She was up early in the morning, drinking her coffee and eating her banana (thus her nickname “Banana Jane”). She would usually have a few loads of laundry washed and folded and supper planned (tater tot hotdish) before they even came downstairs for school.

Her children would like you to remember her fierce love for us and her great interest in our lives. Please remember the light and love and humor she sent into the world. That is her greatest legacy.

And lastly, her husband would like you to remember the wonderful partner and friend she was for almost 59 years.

When Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, we committed as a family to make her remaining time on earth full of love and daily hugs. We would like to thank all the caregivers who made it possible for us to fulfill our mission: Susie Schwarz, Sandy Hynes, Diane Bifano, Debbie Marr, Rene Cordero, Wendy Cole, and Ellen Frank. The family would also like to thank the staff of Heritage Oaks Memory Care, Englewood, Fla., the staff of Tidewell Hospice, Port Charlotte, Fla., and members of the Brother Geenen Senior Friendship Center caregiver’s support group in Venice, Fla.

May her memory be a blessing.

Services will be private.

Instead of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimer’s Association.