Lula D. Adams

Lula “Dawn” Adams, 87, of Charlotte, a woman devoted to family, died peacefully August 3, 2021. She was born in Lansing, Mich. on June 9, 1934, to Malcom and Aletha Bollman. She married David Adams on October 17, 1953 and together they raised five children. Dawn adored her family and enjoyed being a full-time mother. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren gave her immense joy and pride, she enjoyed making even the small moments memorable and special. Always helping others whenever she could, Dawn was also a caretaker for elderly family members, drove a special needs bus from 1975 to 1991, and worked for a local car dealership delivering cars. She also volunteered for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and was a chairperson for the local society.
Dawn enjoyed cooking and canning, as well as knitting and sewing, which was very helpful in raising five children. She also loved fishing, and the family had many memorable trips over the years that involved time spent on fishing trips. Dawn and David spent 68 wonderful years together making memories on many trips including Canada, a weekend at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, and one big trip to Alaska.
Dawn is survived by her husband, David; children, Roger Adams (Cindy Molnar), Jerry Adams, Mary (Jeff) Burpee, and Chris Adams; grandchildren, Andrew Adams, Bethany (Randy) Slaght, Jason (Lisa) Adams, Jerome Adams, Alaina (Brian) Dempsey, and Molly (Mike) VanSyckle; Jeff (Bethany) Burpee Jr., Allison (Mike) Cosgrove, and Judson Burpee; 27 great-grandchildren; and sister, Beatrice “Squeak” Steele. She was predeceased by son, Douglas Adams; and eight siblings.
Friends are encouraged to support Dawn’s family by attending services or sharing memories on her tribute page at Visitation was Friday, August 6, 2021, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Funeral services are Saturday, August 7, at 11 a.m. at Pray Funeral Home with Dawn’s favorite (and only) son-in-law, Jeff Burpee, officiating. The funeral will be webcast so you may watch it from any computer, smartphone, or mobile device that has internet access. Go to, click on Dawn’s tribute, then click on photos and videos from your computer, or media from your smart phone. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.