Kellen Adams

Obituary of Kellen Adams

In Memoriam: Kellen Adams (September 20, 1968 - January 23, 2024)


The world mourns the passing of Kellen Adams, a beacon of love and generosity, who departed this life on January 23, 2024, at the age of 55. Born to Jane and John Hemminger in Walterboro, South Carolina, on September 20, 1968, Kellen's journey was one marked by warmth, kindness, and an enduring commitment to those she loved.


Kellen's early years were illuminated by the Arizona sun, as she relocated to Phoenix, AZ with her mom. Its here she discovered a passion for ice skating, a pursuit that not only brought her joy but also became a canvas for the artistry of her spirit. Even in those early years, it was evident that Kellen approached life with a sense of grace and enthusiasm that would become hallmarks of her character.


Her teenage years were spent amidst the enchanting landscapes of the U Circle Ranch, surrounded by the love of her uncle, grandfather, and two cousins, Jaque and Julie. These formative years shaped Kellen, instilling in her a deep appreciation for hard work and difficulties of ranching in southern Arizona, the beauty of nature, and the importance of shared moments filled with laughter and love.


After graduating from McClintock High School, Kellen ventured to Tucson in pursuit of new horizons. It was there, in 1995, that fate intervened and introduced her to the love of her life, John Adams, during their shared work at Biosphere 2. The connection between Kellen and John was immediate and profound, leading to a joyous union on September 27, 1997. Together, they built a life grounded in love, respect, and shared dreams.


Their family expanded with the birth of their daughter, Taylor, on May 27, 2004. Kellen embraced motherhood with the same grace and warmth that characterized every facet of her life. Her days were dedicated to creating a home where love and laughter flowed abundantly, creating cherished memories that would endure through generations.


Kellen's love extended beyond her immediate family to include her four-legged companions, and among them, Bob the miniature dachshund held a special place in her heart. Her presence added an extra layer of joy to Kellen's life, and their bond was a testament to the profound connection she shared with her pets.

However, what truly defined Kellen was the immense compassion that emanated from her heart. Her kindness knew no bounds. Whether a friend facing a challenge or a stranger in distress, Kellen's innate generosity shone through, leaving an indelible mark on the lives she touched.

Beyond her relationships, Kellen found solace and joy in the company of her horses. Riding through open fields or sharing quiet moments with these majestic creatures brought her a sense of peace and connection to the natural world she so deeply cherished.


As we bid farewell to Kellen, we celebrate her life, a life that exemplified the beauty of love, compassion, and selflessness. In her passing, we are reminded to carry forward the light she brought into the world, to extend a helping hand to those in need, and to treasure the moments of laughter and love that make life truly meaningful.


Kellen Adams leaves behind a legacy of kindness and generosity that will live on in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to know her. May she rest in eternal peace, surrounded by the love that she so freely gave to others.


Kellen’s services will be held on Saturday February 10th, at 10:00 AM at Vista De La Montana United Methodist Church in Catalina, Arizona,(3001 W Miravista Ln. Tucson, AZ 85739),  where she spent her final year working in the company of so many true friends.  A reception will be held after services in the Elizabeth Room of the church, where refreshments and light snacks will be offered. 


In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to Vista De La Montana United Methodist Church at

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