Dora Beth Adams

9 Jan 1935 - 28 Sep 1999


Dora Beth Adams

9 Jan 1935 - 28 Sep 1999
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I want to write about a favorite aunt I wish everyone in our family knew better, Aunt Dora Beth. She was the daughter of Leonard Mendenhall Perkins and Laney Pearl Taylor born in Lava Hot Springs Idaho 9 Jan 1935. She was the youngest of three living children out of fourteen total pregnancies her mo
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Dora Beth Adams


Dayton Cemetery

Highway 36
Dayton, Franklin, Idaho
United States


September 23, 2013


September 20, 2013

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Dora Beth Perkins Adams

Contributor: BarbaraLeishman Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

I want to write about a favorite aunt I wish everyone in our family knew better, Aunt Dora Beth. She was the daughter of Leonard Mendenhall Perkins and Laney Pearl Taylor born in Lava Hot Springs Idaho 9 Jan 1935. She was the youngest of three living children out of fourteen total pregnancies her mother endured. Her only brother was Taylor Perkins and her older sister Mary Alice. The family lived on a small dry farm east of Lava a couple of miles on Fish Creek. The house is still there. They struggled to make the farm pay the bills in the depression. Grandmother Perkins had gone to the Teachers College at {.Idaho ] and taught school in Lava. Two first cousins came to live with the family for several years, Byron and Jean Sharpe the children of Aunt Dora Taylor until their father moved them to Oklahoma. As a little girl, Dora Beth loved her dolls and paper dolls. She liked the piano bench for her paper doll house and sometimes the same game could go on two or three days. We had wonderful imaginations when it came to what our doll families could do and accomplish. On the farm, growing up, we always had a dog, several cats and often bum lambs to look after. Dora Beth loved to sit on the back step in the sunshine and pet and play with the kittens. I have vague memory of our dad sitting in a rocking chair with Dora Beth on one knee and me on the other knee and reading to us before we went to bed. Dora Beth start school when she was five years old. Her birthday wasn’t until January but because the class was small, they agreed to let her go. She did well with grades always average or above. Dora Beth was smart and loved to have fun. They rode the sleigh to school in town in the winter and the bus in spring and fall. She was baptized in the old natatorium on the Portneuf River. Dora Beth loved school and always wanted to be a school teacher, so that’s exactly what she did. She had lots of friends while she was growing up always had a best friend in Lava. It was Mary Warner all through elementary school and they kept in touch with each other for many years. During her teenage years she was fairly popular and well liked. By then we were living in New Plymouth, Idaho and going to school in Fruitland. There was only a branch of the church there, held in a hall up above the bank and heated in winter by two pot-bellied stoves. Dora Beth was very strict about not dating any boys that were not church members. But she certainly didn’t lack for dance partners. She loved to dance and we went to what we call Lucky Clover Dance most Friday nights. What a lot of fun we all had. Back in the 1940’s we did a lot of things we wouldn’t ever consider now. One Sunday Dora Beth and I went to a movie on a Sunday afternoon. We were there before the lights were dimmed. As we walked down the side to our seats we heard someone say, ‘Look there goes two Mormon girls.’ Needless to say neither of us ever went to a movie on Sunday after that. In 1940 her father and brother went to find a new farm to rent near New Plymouth, Idaho. She attended school in Fruitland, graduating there in 1955. She was accepted to Brigham Young University and attended a year there in 1955-56 thinking she would like to be a teacher. On April 1956 she rode with her mother to a Relief Society meeting in New Plymouth. On the way back she drove through a cloud of smoke from weeds being burned along a fence line. Another vehicle crossed the center line and struck the car Dora Beth and her mother were riding in. Grandmother Perkins was killed instantly by striking the windshield. Dora Beth was terribly injured, and for a time it was not expected to live, but she was a fighter. Dora Beth always lived what she believed and followed the commandment of the Lord. However, her determination and will power became more and more evident over the next few years. She was in and out of the hospital for the next three years. She very often walked by faith stepping into the dark before the light came. In April of 1956 Dora Beth had gone to pick up Mom where she had been helping to quilt. It was spring and many farmers were burning ditch banks getting ready to turn the water in. On the way home they ran into some heavy smoke and it resulted in a head-on collision. Mom was killed instantly and Dora Beth was very seriously injured. In fact, she was in a coma for a week or so. We had Mom’s funeral and she was buried in Dayton, Idaho. We were back for a couple of days before Dora Beth woke up. I remember her saying, ‘Mom’s gone isn’t she?’ Whether that’s my imagination or not I’m not sure, but she did know that Mom had died in the crash. At the time of the accident Harry and I were living in Farmington with two children, so I kept Cathy with me and stayed with Dad most of that summer to help with Dora Beth. Harry took Cliff with him and went back to Utah to work. Dora Beth was very seriously injured. The doctor said her pelvis was like a plate that had been dropped on cement and broken into a lot of pieces. In the hospital in Ontario they put her pelvis back together as well as they could. She was in a body cast and the had a hole drilled through the cast so that a wire attached to the bone could have weight hung on it to keep the bone in place. Anytime anyone even touched that bed it hurt her. She lost the sight in her left eye and had many other broken bones. As time went on, she got osteomyelitis in her left leg. This is infection of the bone and bone marrow, the same thing Joseph Smith had when he was a little boy. That first summer she needed to have private nursing around the clock, and they let me do the day shift. So Dora Beth stayed with Dad on the farm and until Dora Beth got out of the hospital in Ontario, Oregon in the day time. I was pregnant with Cindy at the time but didn’t tell anyone until I started to wear maternity clothes. Neighbors and friends were very good to help with things. They took care of Cathy while I was at the hospital, did laundry, brought many meals and so on. Dora Beth came home in a body cast for a while then back to the hospital. Dora Beth was transferred to LDS hospital in Salt Lake, so Taylor and Dorothy transported her by making a bed for her in the back of a station wagon. It jarred her a lot, and Dorothy and Ty both remembered she moaned going over the joints in the cement roads in Utah. They stopped at a motel for an hour or two, so she could rest. The people at the motel were so nice and said there would be no charge for the room. When she was at the LDS Hospital, there were five or six times that she was able to come out and stay with us or other relatives for a week or two. She was still in a body cast with a hole in it for medication, but at least she was rid of the weight and wire. When she stayed with me, it was necessary every day to change the dressing which was a piece of cloth about two feet long and half an inch wide applied with tweezers. The old one had to be pulled out, and the new one to be tucked back in the hole as far as it would go The first time or two was really hard, but I got better at it, so it didn’t hurt her as bad. One time she went to Dayton, Idaho and stayed with Aunt Ada. She had a friend that offered to come and change the dressings for her. When she heard what she had to do, she said she would pass out, but she learned how to do it and did it. Another time she went to stay with Aunt Ada’s daughter, Sylva in Preston, Idaho, and Sylva was able to change the dressing for her. We were all glad when that mess got cleared up. And Dora Beth most of all. Despite her condition, she still wanted to have fun. She had a contest with Sylva’s teenage son, Darrel. It was to see who could keep an Alka-Seltzer tablet in their mouth until it had dissolved. Can you just imagine how funny that would have been to watch! Dora Beth won, of course. Sylva told us how much her family enjoyed having Dora Beth stay with them. She was a very determined young woman, and it showed in many things she did over the years. She could always think of fun things to do or talk about and even though she went through some horrific things, she never lost her sense of humor. Another time when she was staying with us in Farmington, she was in a hospital bed in a body cast and we talked the man from the beauty shop into coming to the house and giving her a haircut and a shampoo. We slid her up so her head was over the end of the bed and he went to work on her. He did quite well considering the circumstances, and we all laughed so much that he said he hadn’t had such a good time for a long while. One day we wrote an epistle like a chapter of scripture. A sidewalk was being laid in front of the house, so we put the epistle into a pickle jar and buried it in the new cement. As far as I know, it is still there. Dora Beth studied her scriptures a lot, prayed often, kept the commandments and did everything she knew how to stay close to her Father in Heaven. One day she was sitting in the kitchen with me talking. She had a really big decision to make. The osteomyelitis in the bone of her lower left leg resulted in it being five or six inches shorter than her other leg. Her decision was whether to wear a shoe with a huge sole on it or have part of her leg and foot removed and wear a prosthesis. That’s not a common problem for most of us. We fasted and prayed a lot about that, and she decided to go for the artificial foot. She was really nervous about it, right up until the time for the surgery. Then she just smiled and said Heavenly Father is in charge, everything will be just fine. She responded well to the amputation, though she complained her foot itched inspite of having been taken off. She was able to return to New Plymouth and recovered in a hospital bed they put up in the living room of the farmhouse. Dora Beth fought through and and learned to drive again with a brake control on the steering column. She was able to get a job at JR Simplot in Ontario while she went back to college at Treasure Valley Community College there. She graduated and got her teaching certificate. In 1965 Granddad sold his interest in the farm, and they moved into Fruitlnd, so Dora Beth could drive to school at Fruitland elementary. She taught school for many years and loved it, and the kids loved her. She had a wooden prosthesis that was very unsofisticated, but she never complained. I was in my midteens during those years and spent part of my summers with her and granddad. We even took a long road trip to Calgary to see Mary Alice and Harry and their family who had moved up there, so Harry could work in the Indian Placement Program. In 1971 she met and married Fred Adams, a widower with grown children. They adopted Mark Adams, from a young Native American unwed mother. Dora Beth was ecstatic to have a baby, and loved him deeply. They moved to Kuna where they had more space. She ended up with two Masters Degrees after several years. One was in Remedial Studies, the other was in Elementary and community counseling. So she fulfilled a childhood dream of teaching school. She taught fourth and fifth grade most of the time. After she was married, she accomplished several things. She learned calligraphy, took sewing lessons. She was in the stake Relief Society. Went back to school to both of her masters degrees, just to name a few. She never tired of learning and when she dressed to teach school, she dressed for her kids. She often told me of this one or that one who would say, ’Oh, Mrs. Adams, you look so beautiful. If she thought her kids would like it, that is usually what she bought. She was Mark's greatest advocate and pal. He and Fred did not get along in his teenage years, and Mark eventually moved out and cut off contact, which was sadness for her. Dora Beth had never been in great health and began to have trouble getting around, and Fred became a very zealous guardian, always careful for her, which eventually meant he began to refuse attempts by her family to visit in their home in Meridian. Mark fathered a little girl born out of wedlock, and Mike Perkins and Trudi adopted her and named her Dakota. We all love her; she is a very kind, soft-spoken young woman. Dora Beth has several other grandchildren by Mark, though we have no idea who or where they are. Dora Beth's health declined to the point Fred could not care for her, and she had to enter a nursing home in Boise where she passed away 28 Sep 1999. She was buried next to her parents in the Dayton City cemetery. Uncle Fred remained very aloof from the family and eventually entered a nursing home in Boise. He spoke by phone with Taylor a few times, but then did not respond. Nothing was heard from or about him until 2014 when we learned that he had died in 2008 and been buried next to Dora Beth in Dayton, and no one knew it. What we remember about Aunt Dora Beth was her laughter, her courage in the face of unrelenting pain, her determination to complete her degrees and become a teacher, marry, and raise her son. She had an avid interest in family history and passed on the stories she had collected form her mother. those stories have become the core of what we know about our Perkins, Mendenhall, Taylor, and Henderson families. She was an extraordinary woman, and her nieces and nephews remember her with great fondness and are proud to have known her. Aunt Mary Alice concluded: Remember at the family reunion we had in Boise? There was a watermelon contest. Everyone got a nice big piece of melon, a plastic bib, and you were not allowed to use your hands? Dora Beth won hands down. Her face was covered with melon juice. What fun. And what determination. Whenever Dora Beth had bad stretched of health, she would have quite a few people come to visit her. It seemed like anyone that came to know her loved her. I used to think that most of the people who came to cheer her up were the ones who got cheered up. One time when she had one of her many surgeries, I went to stay with her for a couple of weeks. After a few days she got to feeling pretty good She was tired of being stuck in the house, so we went to the mall and rented a wheel chair. And Oh, my gosh did we ever have fun! We always did when we were together. She even talked me into using a cane because she was on one shopping trip. Dora Beth had a lot of good qualities she was very strong-willed and determined when it came to things she needed to do for her health and for he rehabilitation from that car accident. She had a great personality and sense of humor. She was a good friend a kind and considerate person. She did things for other people whenever she could. She had a very strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe she had a close relationship with her Heavenly Father. There are a great many in this world who were and are better for having known her and followed her example. A special thanks to Aunt Mary Alice Smith for taking time to write up her memories about Dora Beth which have been included in the foregoing life story. Other family members please feel free to send memories, corrections or additions. I will add details as they become available. Larry Perkins

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Dora Beth Adams was born on 9 Jan 1935
Dora Beth Adams was 7 years old when World War II: The Imperial Japanese Navy made a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, intending to neutralize the United States Pacific Fleet from influencing the war Japan was planning to wage in Southeast Asia. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
Dora Beth Adams was 23 years old when Space Race: Launch of Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth. The Space Race refers to the 20th-century competition between two Cold War rivals, the Soviet Union (USSR) and the United States (US), for dominance in spaceflight capability. It had its origins in the missile-based nuclear arms race between the two nations that occurred following World War II, aided by captured German missile technology and personnel from the Aggregat program. The technological superiority required for such dominance was seen as necessary for national security, and symbolic of ideological superiority. The Space Race spawned pioneering efforts to launch artificial satellites, uncrewed space probes of the Moon, Venus, and Mars, and human spaceflight in low Earth orbit and to the Moon.
Dora Beth Adams was 29 years old when The Beatles make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing before a "record-busting" audience of 73 million viewers across the USA. The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential music band in history. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several musical styles, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways. In 1963, their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania"; as the group's music grew in sophistication, led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, the band were integral to pop music's evolution into an art form and to the development of the counterculture of the 1960s.
Dora Beth Adams was 44 years old when Jim Jones led more than 900 members of the Peoples Temple to mass murder/suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, hours after some of its members assassinated U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan (pictured). James Warren Jones was an American religious cult leader who initiated and was responsible for a mass suicide and mass murder in Jonestown, Guyana. He considered Jesus Christ as being in compliance with an overarching belief in socialism as the correct social order. Jones was ordained as a Disciples of Christ pastor, and he achieved notoriety as the founder and leader of the Peoples Temple cult.
Dora Beth Adams was 45 years old when Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage. Mount St. Helens or Louwala-Clough is an active stratovolcano located in Skamania County, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is 50 miles (80 km) northeast of Portland, Oregon and 96 miles (154 km) south of Seattle, Washington. Mount St. Helens takes its English name from the British diplomat Lord St Helens, a friend of explorer George Vancouver who made a survey of the area in the late 18th century. The volcano is located in the Cascade Range and is part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc, a segment of the Pacific Ring of Fire that includes over 160 active volcanoes. This volcano is well known for its ash explosions and pyroclastic flows.
Dora Beth Adams died on 28 Sep 1999 at the age of 64
Grave record for Dora Beth Adams (9 Jan 1935 - 28 Sep 1999), BillionGraves Record 5251739 Dayton, Franklin, Idaho, United States