Cora Adame

 Soccorro “Cora” Adame
Mass of Christian Burial for Senora Adame, 96, will be Friday August 26th, 10 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Lawrence. Senora Adame died Sunday, August 21, with family around her.

She was born August 28th 1918, in Mexico and came to the United States four years later, where she was raised by her parents Sarah and Jesus Ramirez.  She graduated from Emporia High School, went on to college at Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, where she graduated with Masters and Bachelor’s degrees in Spanish, French, Psychology, and Art.  While attending college she met Sam Adame and after graduation married him on June 10, 1942, in Emporia.

Senora Adame began her teaching at Central Junior High School in Lawrence.  Senora  Adame then went on to establish the Language Arts department at Lawrence High School where she taught Spanish until her retirement.  Senora’s tenure at LHS was filled with happiness and joy.  Senora continued her passion of teaching where ever there was a need.  She taught at the Senior Citizens Center right up until 2010.   She was a lifelong parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and was active in the community.  Senora Adame enjoyed her membership in the Lawrence doll club.

She is survived by their three daughters, Rita Adame and Sara Adame Reese, both of Lawrence, and Laura Adame Trickey, Kansas City, Mo.; a brother, Louis Ramirez of Wichita, a sister Lucy Roman of Whittier California, and predeceased by her parents and brothers Jimmy Ramirez, Lawrence Ramirez and sister Mary Black. Senora Adame is also survived by 10 grandchildren; Brandon and Candise Trickey, Robyn and Ramon Reese Garcia, Michael and Leslie Reese, Julie Trickey, Heather Trickey, Brian Trickey, Debra Trickey, Scott Trickey, Matt and Marie Reese, Cal and Amanda Trickey; and 20 great-grandchildren; Dustin, Ryan, Nathan, Greighson, Jessica, Antonio, Justine, Steven, Jordyn, Paisley, Christina, Sammy, Ellie, Mia, Rigley, Roman, Kaden, Kelsie, Kylie, Kaden and 3 Great-great-grandchildren.  

The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7pm with a rosary at 7 p.m. on Thursday August 25th, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation to the Cora Adame Scholarship Fund and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

21 Condolences

  1. Jana Whitaker Hinz on August 23, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Senora Adame was my Spanish teacher at LHS. I always enjoyed her classes… especially the “Spanish Club.” When I hear someone speak in Spanish, I think of her and it always puts a smile on my face.

  2. Richard Adame on August 23, 2011 at 8:14 am

    So Long Aunt Cora!
    She has had a long and full life Everybody! Its Always hard to say goodbye But we can take comfort in the fact she is with Familiar Faces and is Happy. I will mention yall in my prayers!

  3. Greg Nabors on August 23, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Muchissimas gracias, Señora Adame, for all you did for me!

    In her Spanish classes and club, my eyes were opened more to the world outside our town and nation, reaching even to Brazil. With a good solid base of her Spanish instruction under my belt, I was able to live in Miami, learn Portuguese, married a Brazilian, and have traveled to Brazil at least 10 times.
    “Somos amigos, buenos amigos, de la escuela superior,
    Nos escuchamos y aprendemos el español con gran amor…”

  4. Carrie Coffey and Charlene Jimboy on August 23, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Please accept our deepest condolensces. What a fullfilling and wonderful life she had. You all are so fortunate to have this upon you and all the joyful memories of her. Our prayers for the family and we are very thankful to known your mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and teacher. She will be missed!

  5. LHS Class of 1987 on August 23, 2011 at 10:24 am

    On behalf of the LHS Class of 1987, we would like to give our sincere condolence to the Adame family. She was a wonderful teacher and person to our graduating class. We will miss her dearly. As a small token of our deep appreciation, we will donate to the requested scholarship fund shortly. Our prayers are with you.

  6. Ingrid Pearson on August 23, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Senora Adame was a wonderful, exuberant teacher who instilled in me a love of the Spanish language and Latin cultures. My condolences to her family and all who loved her.

  7. Martha Branson Berger on August 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    My heartfelt condolences to the family of Señora Adame – my Spanish teacher at LHS in 1969-71. What a delightful woman – always so joyful! May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

  8. Shelley Patterson Ayres on August 23, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    I have remembered her simple vowel pronunciation key since 6th grade at East Heights Elementary School.
    a,e,i,o,u, Arbolito de Peru.
    Thank you, Senora Adame.

  9. Mary Pat McQueeney on August 23, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Sara and Laurie, I’m thinking of you at this time. I met your mother a time at UA and immediately recognized that she was an amazing woman. It’s difficult for a woman to lose her mother even if, as my nephew reminded me, “we have no right to expect more than that they have lived a full life.” Your mother has definitely done that–with her family and in the lives of thousands of students. My best to you.

  10. Clara George on August 23, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Sara and Laura and family,
    I remember your mother so well – imagine teaching until 2010. Losing a parent is one of life’s tougher milestones. Please know that all of you will be kept close in thought and prayer. A UA friend
    Clara (Schneider) George

  11. Barb Klein on August 23, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Sara and Laura, I was so sorry to hear that you had lost your mother. I remember her from you all were at Ursuline. From reading the obituary, your mother lead a very full life. You will have many fond memories of her. It is sad to lose one of our parents, but they have all earned a great place in heaven!

  12. Jan (Tallio) Lowery on August 23, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Dear UA Friends, Sara and Lori, How proud you must be of your Mother and so sad to realize your loss. It is wonderful to know you will see her again…she is probably conducting some class UP THERE right now! May God ease your sorrow.

  13. Brandon on August 23, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    To my dear sweet Grandma Cora. I love you and will miss how you would smile when we would see each other. I have always enjoyed telling your story and how Mexico and Mexicans are important to the culture of the United States. I have always enjoyed never having to guess what you were thinking. The window was opened and now you are at the greatest fiesta of all imagination. Dance! Sing! Eat! and Hug everyone for us. Save some beans and enchilladas for me….
    Adios mi Abuellita.

  14. Rita, Sara, Laura Adame on August 23, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Dear Rita, Sara, and Laura,
    I am sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I owe much to her. I was her student (in Rita’s ninth grade Spanish class), visited her classroom at LHS as a KU student to talk about a couple different subjects, she recommended my hiring at LHS to Mr. Medley, and then we were colleagues for 15 years. Coincidentally, Friday night Mr. Medley asked me how she was. I didn’t know of any difficulty and suggested that I thought she was well. I know that it is difficult to lose a parent that’s always been there for you. Among her collection she may have kept some rag dolls that I brought her from Honduras. Good luck with sorting that out.

    I have an engagement out of town from Thursday through Saturday so will not be able to join you for the memorial. I wanted to let you know that I remember her with fondness and wish you girls, ladies, the best. I can only recommend that you seek the Lord according to His Word and not according to some opinion of mankind. God bless you as you seek His comfort.

    John Scollon

  15. Lynda Miller Castro on August 24, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Dear Sara and Lori, I was sorry to learn of your loss. I just wanted to let you know that I think of both of you and our other Ursuline friends often.

  16. Don Harrell on August 24, 2011 at 9:25 am

    I had the distinct privilege of being a student of Senora Adame all through high school (class of 1969). Her teaching has served me well throughout my retail sales and management career. Although I left Lawrence in 1973, I would often hear through my aunt, who occasionally would cross paths with Senora Adame, that she had asked about me. It was very gratifying that she remembered me. I’ll always remember her as a very dedicated teacher who really cared about her students. Vaya con Dios, Senora Adame.

  17. Mark and Lisa Adame Family on August 24, 2011 at 10:04 am

    To Rita, Sara, Laura and all the Adame’s our prayers are with you all. Aunt Cora was always a delight to visit and heaven help us when she corrected our spoken or written Spanish-always the teacher. I have met tons of folks who ask if I am related to Cora Adame in Lawrence-when I say yes they tell me she taught them Spanish. She touch many hearts and kept herself busy as the years grew longer. I can drive in Lawrence now safely and not have to worry about Aunt Cora driving next to me or turning in front of me playing bumber cars-what a gal. Good bye Aunt Cora-we love you.

  18. Jeremy Paretsky on August 24, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I graduated from Lawrence HS in 1962. While not a student of Señora Adame, I knew her. In my junior or senior year, I stopped by her house with a friend. In the course of conversation she suddenly said to me, “You will be a priest.” I told her nonsense: I am not even a Christian and I don’t believe in God. 20 years later, at my ordination, I remembered her words and was suddenly overcome with awe at her prescience. Today I offered Mass for the repose of the soul of Cora Adame.

  19. Monique Murguia on August 25, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Senora Adame your story you use to tell me as a child i will never forget or you driving around in your station wagon =). You are with the lord now RIP. My prayer are with you all much love

  20. Paul Dahlstrom on August 26, 2011 at 11:50 am

    My condolences to Rita and the entire family. I always appreciated Mrs. Adame’s heartfelt enthusiasm and the delight she demonstrated in her teaching. She will be missed.

  21. Kathy (McKinney) Nace on August 27, 2011 at 10:43 am

    “La Senora Cora” was firmly at the helm as I learned Spanish at LHS, and looking back I can appreciate how she incorporated not only lab listening and classroom conversation and written exercises, but the memorization of poetry (I can still recite Los Madeiros de San Juan) and the singing of songs into our understanding of the language and culture. Can you imagine anyone else who could successfully cause a high school football player to sing “De Colores”?! She lives on in my memory and that of every student she ever had!

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