Suzanne Love Adams

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Suzanne Love Adams, 80, Mission, Kan., passed away Friday, Aug. 6, 2010, at Kansas City Hospice House. Suzanne was born Nov. 2, 1929, at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City and was the daughter of the late Walter Standlee Love, M.D., and the late Mary Claybrook Love. As a member of a prominent pioneer Vernon County family, she happily grew up in Nevada, where her father and grandfather were long time practicing physicians. Suzanne was a 1947 graduate of the Nevada High School, attended Lindenwood College and graduated from The University of Missouri -- Columbia where she was a member of Delta Gamma social sorority. On June 14, 1952, in Nevada, she married Robert E. Adams, who was the long time executive director of Research Hospital and Medical Center as well as military aide to President and Mrs. Harry S. Truman. Mr. Adams preceded her in death on Aug. 28, 2004.

Suzanne's number one priority was her love for her children, sister, niece and nephews. She also placed great value on very close friendships with members of her sewing club, bridge clubs, and the neighborhoods where she lived. The support she received from those friends whenever there was a need was always deeply appreciated. During her active life, Suzanne was an avid bridge player and for many years was a member of the Musettes (now the Women's Division of The Kansas City Museum) assisting with theatrical presentations at grade schools throughout Kansas City. Suzanne was also a past member of The Research Hospital Auxiliary. As a child, she enjoyed attending summer sessions at Camp Lake Hubert. As an adult, she enjoyed many summers with her family and wonderful neighbors at their former home on Star Island in Cass Lake, Minn.

Suzanne was a 58-year member of Country Club United Methodist Church and The Indian Hills Country Club.

In addition to her husband and parents, Suzanne was preceded in death by her sister, Rosemary Love Wachtel. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ann Adams of Coppell, Texas; her son, Robert Standlee Adams of Mission; niece, Mary Love Guthrie and husband Lee of Nevada; nephews, Joseph Walter Wachtel and wife Suzanne of Kansas City, Mo. and Richard Edward Wachtel and wife Sally of Olathe, Kan. In addition, she is survived by four great-nephews, three great-nieces, their families and her beloved dog Izabella.

Memorial service will be 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 11, at Country Club United Methodist Church, 400 W. 57th St. Private burial will precede the service in Mount Moriah Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, MO 64145; Animal Haven, 9800 W. 67th St., Shawnee, KS 66203; or the charity of your choice.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the compassionate staffs at Kansas City Hospice House, Bickford at Mission Springs, the Health Care section of Brighton Gardens, and the devoted friends who supported her during the challenges she encountered late in life. Mom's keen intellect, selflessness and unconditional love will forever remain in our hearts. Online condolences may be left for the family at