Marguerite Irene Adams
Irene was born February 20, 1956, in Orange, New Jersey, the 9th of 11 children of Lawrence and Mary C. Vaughan. She passed away April 19, 2011, from ovarian cancer.
Irene was a teacher. Starting in 9th grade, when she taught 7th grade girls’ physical education, she has taught such varied topics as parachute packing, math, English, Statistics, Research Methodology, computer basics, and gospel topics. She taught in the U.S. Army, on her mission in Scotland and Northern Ireland, as a tutor, as a teaching assistant, as a nurse, as a college professor, as a librarian, and as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She loved the teaching involved in the past 5 ½ years in BYU Library’s Special Collections. She also came to love supervising the extraordinary student workers with whom it was her privilege to work.
At church, her favorite callings have always involved teaching, especially in Relief Society. She loved to get good discussions going that made the women think about and more deeply understand their own beliefs.
Along with teaching she loved to learn, and she completed the last of 7 degrees in December 2010 (2 associates, 3 bachelors, and 2 masters).
For fun she liked to walk, write, travel, visit family, and do crazy things like hang-glide, paraglide, parachute, ride on top of elevators, bungee across a gorge, ride Segways, trampoline, pogostick, and parasail, and then to put pictures of all of these adventures into photo albums. She liked to be active, both in mind and body.
She was blessed to find someone who would share all these adventures when she met Jerry Adams on a blind date in Southern California. They married in the Los Angeles Temple in 1986. This January they celebrated their 25th Anniversary. His gentle caretaking in the year since her diagnosis thoroughly solidified their eternal marriage.
She reluctantly leaves behind five brothers (Larry Vaughan, Jimmy Vaughan, Tom Vaughan, Joe Vaughan, and Kevin Vaughan) and five sisters (Anne Warren, Patty Knutson, Mary Genovese, Cathy Swezey, and Chris Vaughan), 21 nieces and nephews, and about 16 great-nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the general scholarship fund of the school of your choice or to the LDS Perpetual Education Fund.