Beatrice Dorothy Adams was born on July 4, 1924, in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Surrounded by her loving family, she transitioned to eternity on December 30, 2020 in Plano, Texas.
Beatrice was lovingly and well known in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, as "Aunt Bea" while her husband was known as "Uncle Shine." She was born to the parentage of the late Jesse J. and Emma T. Rentie Frazier.
She received her formal education in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, at Dunbar High School, graduating with the Class of 1940 at the age of 16. Later in life, she went on to earn an Associate Degree in Science from Connors State College in May of 1986. In May of 1988, she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Oklahoma Baptist University. With great determination, she returned to college at age 62 and graduated at age 66 by the grace of God!
Early in life, Beatrice became an outstanding Dental Hygienist and worked for Dr. Robert Taylor, Sr. and Dr. Robert Taylor, Jr. for over 40 years! She and her sister, Lucille Zanders, had a special bond and both worked there together.
Also, after graduating from Oklahoma Baptist University, she became a writer for the National Baptist Convention of America. She wrote Sunday School and Missionary study literature.
Beatrice accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at Macedonia Baptist Church in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, early in her life. There, she served as the Choir Director for more than 30 years. For several years, she was also the Church Clerk, a Sunday School teacher, a Baptist Training Union teacher, and the President of the Missionary program. She served as the Musical Choir Director for many Oklahoma State Conventions as well.
Beatrice loved sharing the saving gospel of Jesus Christ. She fed the hungry, gave water to the thirsty, provided clothes to the needy, visited the sick and those in prison. She also participated in Macedonia's Outreach Ministry, Soul Winner's Daycare and the Exercise Program, where she taught Aerobics for five days a week in her 60s. She served The Lord for over 50 years until she relocated to Texas to live with her granddaughter, Angel, where she continued to be a blessing with her words of wisdom, faith, and christian lifestyle.
In Lewisville, Texas, she joined with New Beginnings Church and remained there until her death.
Beatrice was well known for being a loving, compassionate, intelligent, faithful, and godly woman. She was was an exceptional writer, speaker, prayer warrior, and student of God's Word. She was a "Pillar of Strength" for so many people! She taught gospel music, wrote religious plays, made photo albums for her grandchildren, and cooked delicious soul food. Most of all, she was always available to listen, encourage, give warm hugs, pray and cry with you, and share whatever she had that you needed. She truly loved people and it showed!
In 1943, Beatrice married James T. Moore. James E. Moore was born to this union. Then, in 1947, she married Sheridan J. Adams. Sheridan C. Adams was born to this union. The two remained married for 46 years until he transitioned to heaven to be with the Lord.
Beatrice was predeceased by her parents, Jesse J. and Emma T. Rentie Frazier; her husband of 46 years, Sheridan J. Adams; children James E. Moore and Sheridan C. Adams; sister-in-law Irma Jean Adams Ashford; sister, Lucille M. Zanders; and brother, J.C. Rentie. She also raised a niece and three nephews who preceded her in death: Don Ashford, James Ashford, Gerald Ashford, and Isa Bernice Ashford.
Those left to cherish precious memories include her sister, Bettye Biglow of Wichita, Kansas; sister-in-law Geraldine Butcher of San Pedro California; Niece/Daughter Theresa Myrtle Choice (Maurice) of Anaheim, California; grandchildren Angel Moore Bagby of Plano, Texas, Shauna Moore of San Bernardino, California, Keisha Moore Harris (Darrin) of San Bernardino, California, and Kieshauna Choice of Riverside, California; great-grandchildren: LaKeish Bagby Lipscomb (Billy) of Little Elm, Texas, Daryl Bagby (Aurora) of Dallas, Texas; great-great-grandchildren: Yasmine Johnson, Kyrin, Caleb, and Zauria Lipscomb of Little Elm, Texas and Alexis, Aliyah, and Alyssa of San Bernardino, California; senior nephews: Donald Zanders (Doris) of Dallas, Texas, and Ronald Zanders (Yvonne) of Flemington, New Jersey, and Jeri Dunn of California, and host of nieces and nephews, relatives, and friends.
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