Lee Emily Adams
Lee Emily (Vayna) Adams, 78, lost her fight against Alzheimer's disease on October 1, 2019 in Zionsville, Indiana.
Lee exemplified a kind and loving spirit. She enjoyed taking walks, reading, gardening, fashion, theater, art, and design. She traveled often, and especially loved visiting the beach. Lee had a heart for helping others, creating a cozy and loving home, and having a good laugh. No matter where she lived, her love for her family and helping others was evident, and she made all who met her feel welcomed and loved.
Lee was born on November 8, 1940 in Villefranche-sur-Mer, France, amid the turmoil of WWII. Her Polish mother and Hungarian father, Ludwika (Kulkiewicz) and Ladislas Vayna, met at the Sorbonne in Paris a few years earlier. While Lee's father was in the French Army, working undercover for both the French Resistance and the United States, her mother fled the German invasion to southern France. She found refuge in the home of an American expatriate, where Lee was born. In danger from the Nazis, her family then fled to the U.S. on the infamous voyage of the SS Navemar.
Lee's family settled in Levittown, NY, where she grew up with her two brothers, Steve and Tom. After graduating from SUNY-Oneonta, she taught elementary school. While living in southern California, she met and married Roger Adams in 1966. They moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, and had two daughters, Morgan and Molly.
Lee earned her Master's Degree in Education from the University of Virginia in 1983. Her dedicated professional and volunteer work as a teacher and counselor included: women re-entering the workforce after time away; teaching biofeedback and relaxation to chronic pain patients; running a support group for breast cancer survivors; working as a counselor for a hospice group; and starting her own private counseling practice.
Showing the same adventurous spirit that took her across the country in her earlier years, Lee moved to Colorado to be closer to Molly's family, and with them to Zionsville, Indiana. From the outset of her Alzheimer's diagnosis, Lee wanted to share both her and the caregiver's experience of living with this disease. Molly wrote about their journey on her blog (www.abundantlyawesome.blogspot.com) and in the book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Alzheimer's and Dementia.
Lee is survived by her daughters, Morgan Ford (Anson and Charlotte) and Molly Godby (Jacob and Reese and son-in-law Jason), by her brothers Steve Vayna (Linda) and Tom Vayna (Brenda and nephew Brandon), her former spouse, Roger Adams, and by innumerable friends throughout the country.
In memory of Lee, donations can be made online to the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Indiana or mail your check to: Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana Chapter, 50 E 91st St, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240.
Published on October 3, 2019


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Judy Owens
Oct 04, 2019
I met Lee when she moved into Robin Run. We became friends and ate lunch together daily. I enjoyed her so much. Was hard to watch her deteriorate with time. I remember she loved music so much and would sway to the rhythm. She was a very special person.