Mary Beth Adkins

Mary Beth Adkins

February 13, 1934 - January 15, 2019
Lake Forest CA

Mary Beth Adkins

February 13, 1934 - January 15, 2019
Lake Forest CA


Mary Beth Adkins, age 84, passed away peacefully on January 15th, 2019 from heart failure. She was born February 13th, 1934 in Dallas Texas to Walton Sneed and Julia Taylor. She married the love of her life, Joel Adkins, who proceeded her in death in 2007.

Mary Beth was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother.

Mary Beth enjoyed meeting new people. She was a very social person. In addition to her role as a greeter at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest CA, she also loved to play the Ukulele, Bingo, painting and spending time with her family.

Mary Beth witnessed to countless people throughout the years and always made time for her family and friends. She had a servant’s heart.

Mary Beth retired from teaching in Texas after 35 years.

After her husband’s death Mary Beth moved to California to be closer to her grandchildren, daughter and son-in-law. She loved the palm trees and the beautiful mountains. She mentioned on many occasions that she felt like she had moved to paradise.

Mary Beth trusted that the Lord would lead her and mentioned often that “God is in Control”. Her favorite verse was Proverbs 3: 5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”

Mary Beth is survived by her two daughters L’Jon Gryder, and Angie Rodebaugh and son-in-law Michael Rodebaugh, two grandsons Noah and Joel Rodebaugh and granddaughter Kate Rodebaugh; her brother Dan Taylor and sister-in-law Beverly Taylor; sister-in-law Betty Taylor; sister and brother-in-law Bobby and Johnny Adkins; and sister and brother-in-law Darrell and Phyllis Adkins. Mary Beth had many cousins, nieces and nephews that were very special to her. A local niece, Kathy Hirsch and her husband Reece Hirsch were extremely close to Mary Beth and the Rodebaugh’s prior to and after she moved to California. Mary Beth felt family should always come first. Mary Beth loved her family deeply.

Please join us celebrating her life Wednesday morning January 30, 2019 at 11:00am in the Plaza Room at Saddleback Church, 1 Saddleback Pkwy, Lake Forest, CA 92630. A reception will follow. A graveside service will be held at the Old Andrews Cemetery, 1401 W. Broadway, Andrews, Texas at 2pm Central Time. Mary Beth will be buried beside her dear husband. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, PADRE Foundation  (Pediatric Association of Diabetes Research and Education) or the American Heart Association.


Funeral Service

  • Date & Time: January 30, 2019 (11:00 AM)
  • Venue: Saddleback Church
  • Location: 1 Saddleback Parkway Lake Forest, CA 92630 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 609-8000

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7 responses to Mary Beth Adkins

  1. Mary Beth was truly one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known, with the bluest eyes and prettiest dimples! I will never forget our special times together meeting for lunch in Dallas in the ’80s and the fun visits with her and Joel at my mom’s (his cousin) I know she’s rejoicing with so many loved ones who were at Heaven’s gate to welcome her home. 

  2. John and I will miss Mary Beth. She always had a ready smile and a willingness to help when we got together. I enjoyed our visits throughout the years I have known her. She loved her family and was proud of all of their accomplishment. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. It was fun going to grandparents day at Crean and getting all our pictures taken together.

  3. Pat Johnson says:

    Mary Beth was a beautiful person inside and out. Her light shined brightly when ever she was with you. You always knew that she loved you and how much she loved the Lord. It was a blessing in my life to know her. May God bring comfort and peace to all of those that love her and will miss her.

  4. Sorry for your loss Angie.
    Robert Gainsr

  5. Tammie says:

    Mrs. Adkins was one of my favorite teachers, 4th grade @ Central Elem! May she Rest in Peace. Comfort & Condolences to her sweet daughters & family.

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