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Rita M. (Heywood) Adams

March 15, 1939 ~ September 29, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old

Rita Adams Obituary

Rita Maria Heywood Adams, a longtime resident of Croton-on-Hudson, NY, passed away peacefully with her daughter by her side on September 29, 2023, at the Yorktown Assisted Living Residence at the age of 84. She was born on March 15, 1939, in Port of Spain, Trinidad, daughter of the late Percy and Margaret (Ahye) Heywood.

On June 21, 1968, in New York City, she married Ainsley Ashton Adams; they were happily married for 47 years until his sudden passing on July 11, 2015. Rita is survived by her loving daughter Natalie Adams Bolden; her four grandchildren, Stefan and Kyle Ellis; Amara (Melody) and Melvin Bolden, Jr. Rita is also survived by her three brothers, Thomas (Noel), Winston, and Martin Heywood; her three sisters, Theresa Narine, Mary Modeste, and Helena Shampoo. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Though Rita graduated from St. John’s University with a Master’s degree in accounting, working as an accountant at Disney/ABC in New York until she retired in December 2002, she was well-known as the right hand of her husband. Making trips to various stores to get items for Ainsley’s college students, she was a frequent presence on the Pace University Pleasantville Campus.

Along with her husband Ainsley and stepdaughter Wendy-Anne Ellis, Rita is predeceased by sisters Irma Semoy and Joan (Vera), and brothers Cornelius (Sonny), John (Jimsey), and Kennedy (adopted brother).

Her Family will gather to remember her Life with a Mass of Christian Burial at 2:30PM on  Saturday, October 14, 2023 at the Holy Name of Mary Church, 110 Grand Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520. The Family will be receiving friends starting at 1:30PM, prior to the Mass. Interment will be private at the discretion of her family. 

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Memorial Gathering
October 14, 2023

1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Holy Name of Mary Church
110 Grand Street
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520

Mass of Christian Burial
October 14, 2023

2:30 PM
Holy Name of Mary Church
110 Grand Street
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520

Video is available for this event

Private Interment


Alzheimer's Association
2649 South Road, Suite 101, Poughkeepsie NY 12601
Tel: 1-845-471-2655


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