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Ruth Ellaby Adams

October 6, 1964 ~ November 10, 2017 (age 53)
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Ruth Ellaby Adams

Age: 103 • Burlington

Ruth Ellaby Adams (nee Holdcroft) passed away peacefully at The Converse Home in Burlington, Vermont, on November 10th, 2017. She was 103.

Ruth was born on October 6th, 1914, in South Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the oldest of three girls. While growing up, her mother taught Ruth and her sisters from the Bible every Saturday, and on Sundays her father led the family in church services. At the age of 14, the family joined a Church in Vancouver. Ruth soon started to teach a Sunday School class, and remained very active until age 30 when she started to travel more.

Her first missionary work was near her home base, but since World War II was ending, the need was clear to Ruth to carry the Gospel to far points. This began in northern British Columbia, from there to the northern United States for more training, and then across the Atlantic to work with missionaries in France - and to learn French.

In one town in France, she was invited to gather the young children for their meeting one Sunday. Afterwards, a young man came over to talk with her - in English. This was the beginning of a friendship with Palmer, her husband to be - he from the Paris area while Ruth was working with her children's groups in southern France. Palmer was learning French and beginning to know the French Christians as part of his missionary work.

As they learned to know and love each other, they became engaged. About a year later, Ruth needed to return to the United States to meet with her Mission. Palmer took her to the ship and they parted as she sailed back to the States. In New York, her future parents-in-law met her and she stayed with them at their home in New Jersey while she attended more training with her Mission.

After a few months, she took the train back to Vancouver and was met excitedly by her parents to plan their wedding. Palmer arrived a short while later, followed by his parents. Ruth was always so grateful that everyone made it safely after travelling such great distances over ocean and continent. They were married April 14th, 1956.

Later that summer, Ruth and Palmer returned to France to continue their missionary work. They soon realized that the Scofield Bible had not yet been translated into French, and they both spent many years thereafter bringing a French translation to realization. After almost 20 years of prayer and labor, the French translation of the Scofield Bible was ready for printing in 1975. Some were distributed throughout France, to Québec, and to the French speaking countries in Africa.

This work later led them to establish a presence in Québec, Canada around 1980, and then to also have a home in Burlington, Vermont, around the mid-1980s. During a period of almost 30 years, Ruth and Palmer divided their time among France, Québec, and Vermont - very active in their missionary work and with the worldwide distribution of French language Biblical literature to missionaries. To further this service, they created PARA Resources Foundation in 1989, which they personally funded in order to subsidize this distribution outreach to the less affluent areas of Africa and the Caribbean.

On August 15th, 2009, Palmer passed away - shortly after Ruth and Palmer relocated to an assisted living facility in South Burlington. Ruth eventually transferred the publishing and distribution activities of PARA to another Christian organization in Québec to continue the legacy of subsidized service to missionaries the world over. About two years ago, Ruth moved to her final residence at The Converse Home where she received loving care from all of the staff. A few weeks ago, she celebrated her 103rd birthday, joined by nephew Jim and his wife Lonnie Adams from California, dear friend Roland Cloutier from Quebec, and nephew David Adams by telephone, along with staff and other residents of The Converse Home.

Ruth's two younger sisters, Mary and Joy, both predeceased her. She is survived by nephew David Adams, his wife Rose, and their children, from New Jersey; nephew James Adams and his wife Lonnie, from California; nephew Robert Adams, his wife Michelle, and their children, from California; several cousins in Canada; very dear friend Roland Cloutier and his wife Linda, from Québec; dear friends Kelly and Will Murphy from New Hampshire; and many other friends worldwide.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 16th, 2017 at 10:00am at the Corbin & Palmer Funeral Chapel, 209 Falls Road, Shelburne, Vermont. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Converse Home, 272 Church Street, Burlington, Vermont, or the Immanuel Baptist Church, 6 South Poplar Avenue, Maple Shade Township, New Jersey.

 Service Information

Funeral Service
November 16, 2017

10:00 AM
Shelburne Funeral Chapel of Corbin and Palmer, 209 Falls Rd.
209 Falls Rd
Shelburne, VT 05482

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