Grovetown lost one of its most dedicated servants in Marjorie Adams on Sunday, those who knew the city councilwoman said.
Adams, 79, who spent 14 years on Grovetown's city council, died Sunday at Brentwood Nursing Facility.
"She was such a good lady," Grovetown Mayor Dennis Trudeau said of the woman he served next to for 14 years on the council. " ... She did a lot of good things."
For 11 years, Adams organized the Grovetown Against Drugs Free Summer Day Camp, which she funded through her Christmas tree and cake sales.
Vicky Capetillo, Grovetown's utility billing supervisor, said she grew close to Adams, who was an adopted mother to many throughout the city including children she mentored at Grovetown Elementary School. Capetillo said Adams baked about 1,000 cakes a year, which she distributed to people she knew needed cheering up, encouragement or just a sentiment to know someone cares.
Adams, who began serving as a city councilwoman in 1992, organized the city's DARE program and was active in the city's school activities during Red Ribbon Week.
"What always struck me the most about Marjie and made me like her even more, was the way she wanted to look out for the kids," Capetillo said, adding that Adams was very worried about children staying out of trouble and having something healthy to do after school and during the summer. " ... She really loved children."
Adams, being the wife of a retired military man, had a soft spot for veterans. She organized an effort to send care packages to men and women serving in the military in Iraq. She personally sent hundreds of care packages to troops and brought supplies and often her famous cakes to injured servicemen and women recuperating at the Augusta Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
"Sometimes all they need is a hug," Adams once said of her trips to see the injured veterans.
Adams was interred Tuesday at Bellevue Memorial Gardens after a memorial service. She requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Grovetown Department of Public Safety to support the summer camp.
"She was quite a woman," Capetillo said. "She wasn't totally flawless, but she was quite a woman."
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