Idalene Adams


Idalene Xenia Adams, 90, of Brainerd, passed away Saturday, March 19, 2022, at Senior Class Care in Pequot Lakes. A Celebration of Idalene’s Life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, March 25, 2022, at Nelson – Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd. Family and friends are invited to gather one hour prior to services and stay for a luncheon to follow. Interment will take place at Evergreen Cemetery in Brainerd.

Idalene was born July 26, 1931, the daughter of Glenn and Irene (Anderson) Housman in Welcome, MN. When Idalene was young, the family moved to Brainerd. She graduated from Washington High School and married Duane Borders. The couple were blessed with seven children. Idalene as a homemaker at heart and enjoyed cooking for her family and friends – even “treating” them to lutefisk when she was inclined and consistently making 20 loaves of bread a week to give to the mailman, garbage man, etc. In 1971, she married Nick Adams.

Idalene thrived when she was in charge and she tackled many volunteer projects that bettered the community: implementing hospice care for cancer patients at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, working to create an Alzheimer’s Unit at Bethany Good Samaritan, and various projects at Confidence Learning Center. She also was mayor of East Gull Lake from 1988-1992. Over the years, Idalene made thousands of Yoyos that she gave to family or friends or donated to organizations and fundraising events. She loved to be active and was very generous with her time. Idalene also enjoyed the outdoors – whether caring for her gardens or hunting her next buck, she cherished her time outside.

She had a spitfire spirit and spunk that will be greatly missed by her children, Ritha (Bill) Hosking, Jackie Brietbach, Steve (Sue) Borders, Arby (Jeff) Snell, Justin (Cheryl) Borders, and Lisa Kiffmeyer; 18 grandchildren; and many, many great and great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas Adams; son, Lance Borders; first husband, Duane Borders; brother, Charles Housman; and her parents.

Memorials are preferred to Confidence Learning Center.

Nelson – Doran Funeral Home


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