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Afton (Adamson) Jacob

June 26, 1922 ~ December 19, 2020 (age 98)



Our dear mother and grandmother Afton Dianthia Adamson Jacob, 98, went home on Saturday Dec. 19 in Orem. The last surviving member of her large, loving family, she is now engaged in a long-awaited reunion with friends and family she has missed for a very long time.

Afton was born June 26, 1922, in Highland, Utah, the tenth of eleven children born to David Hutchison Adamson and Jessie Dianthia Adamson. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Nida Adamson Hall,  Alta Adamson Nash, Arnold George Adamson, Martell David Adamson, Clyde Alexander Adamson, Gilbert Earl Adamson, Virgil Myers Adamson, Jesse LeGrand Adamson, Victor Keith Adamson, and Karl Blaine Adamson, daughter Geraldean (Jeri) (Grossgebauer), grandchildren Jeffery Jacob Harmon, Cristy Sue Cooper (Ferran) and Jason Leek, and great-granddaughter Mandy Zabriskie (Young).

She learned to work hard on the family farm and carried that quality with her the rest of her life. She was always busy working in her garden, canning fruits and vegetables, sewing clothes for her family, piecing and quilting quilts, mowing her lawn and many other things. She was an Energizer bunny that never stopped working until, to her frustration, her body wouldn't let her anymore.

She attended school in American Fork and met Ralph Jacob of Orem in 1937. They were married on Dec. 30, 1939. They rented a two room house in Orem near Ralph's parents that had a coal stove, but no running water. Their first daughter, Joyce, was born while living there. Not long after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Ralph left for California to work in the shipyards with Afton and Joyce following a few weeks later. While there, their second daughter, Geraldean (Jeri) was born in 1942. In 1944 they moved back to Orem and were blessed with three more daughters, Marilyn, Jolene and AnnaLee over the next 11 years. Afton lived the rest of her life in Orem. Ralph and Afton divorced in 1972.

After her divorce, Afton worked at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center as a housekeeper for 14 years. She hated driving, especially in the snow, but got up at 5:00 every morning, often scraping ice and snow off the car, and drove to work no matter the weather.

She was a devoted mother and homemaker and loved and served her family all of her life. 

Afton was always focused on the details, but understood the big picture and was an example of faith, perseverance, and love.

She is survived by her daughters, Joyce Ann (Henry) Ogden, Marilyn (Gertsch) Orem, Jolene (Kitchen) Simi Valley, CA, AnnaLee (Harmon) Orem, 25 grandchildren, 68 great grandchildren, and numerous great-great grandchildren.

A viewing will be held Tuesday, December. 29, 2020 from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm at the LDS chapel located at 865 West 1000 North, Orem. Services will begin at 1:00 pm in person for family only, but available for live streaming service via ZOOM. 

In lieu of flowers, Afton requested that donations be made to Primary Children's Hospital.

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Recording of Service


Private Family Services
December 29, 2020

Orem Timpview 5th Ward
865 West 1000 North
Orem, UT 84057

Private Interment

American Fork City Cemetery
26 West 600 North
American Fork, UT 84003

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