Anne Gorbutt Adams

Anne Gorbutt Adams, of Lawrence, passed away peacefully at the age of 91 in her own home on November 7, 2023. She was born on March 21, 1932, in Topeka, Kansas to John Detweiler and Doris Ash Gorbutt. She attended Topeka High School where she was a cheerleader. She then went on to Washburn University where she joined the Pi Beta Phi sorority. In 1951 in Omaha, Nebraska, she married Raymond E. Adams, Jr. of Maple Hill, Kansas. After raising her six children, she completed a bachelor’s degree and graduate level courses at the University of Kansas. Additionally, she studied yoga and meditation with mentors like Judith Lasater and Shinzen Young. She taught and researched the positive effects of yoga in classes convened at the University of Kansas. She also held yoga classes at Alvamar Country Club and other locations in Lawrence, where she lived for the last four decades of her life. She always welcomed her family and friends graciously into her home and lived there until her last breath.

She is survived by her five living children: Marie Adams Dolembo (Tom), Jessie “Sally” Bitar, John Adams (Lisa), Clay Adams, and Charlie Adams.  She is also survived by her eight living grandchildren: Janne Robinson (Aaron), R. E. “Pete” Adams IV (LeAnn), Rebecca Witmer (Greg), Lacy Berryman (Jay), Emily Gropper (Max), Jack Adams (Stefanie), Katy Adams, and Will Adams.  As well, she is survived by her nine great-grandchildren: Lauren Newell, Hadley Schreiner, Autymn Schreiner, Meredith Denton, Sarah Denton, Amelia Denton, John Witmer, Daniel Witmer, and Mackenzie Gropper. She was preceded in death by her son, R. E. “Eddie” Adams III (Peggy), and granddaughter, Rhiannon Meier.