Mary Luella (Savarese) (Averill) Adamski died Thursday, July 21, 2022, after a brief battle with leukemia. She is survived by her husband Theodore Adamski of Exeter, NH; daughter Lauren Simmonds (née Averill) (Darrin) of Peachtree City, GA; son Peter Averill (Susan) of Georgia, VT; son David Averill (Sherri) of Plaistow, NH; his daughter Katherine Averill (Perry Smith) of Atkinson, NH; his daughter Carolyn Averill (Scott Senter) of East Kingston, NH; his 12 grandchildren, Caitlin, Courtney, Trevor, Hannah, Annie, Summer, Susannah, Quinn, Olivia, Luke, Rosalie and Dylan; three great-grandchildren, Luella, Sadie and Averill; and many lifelong friends. She is predeceased by her first husband, Philip Averill; parents Anthony and Muriel (Rambo) Savarese, and brothers Roy and Robert Savarese.

Mary Lou was born in Hackensack, NJ on August 21, 1939 and raised in Woodcliff Lake, NJ. She graduated from Pascack Valley High School in 1957 and graduated in 1960 from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in New York as a registered nurse. Mary Lou was deeply proud of her nursing career. In 1960 Mary Lou married her high school sweetheart Philip Averill and they lived with their five children in Montvale, NJ. Mary Lou loved adventure. In 1973, she and Phil moved to Danville, NH where they co-owned the Danville Camping Area with Phil’s sister Betsy and her husband Jack Hackett. After the loss of her husband Phil in 1984, Mary Lou raised her family independently. She returned to full-time nursing, completing her nursing career at Rockingham County Nursing Home as a nurse supervisor. She met Theodore Adamski and they married in 2003. Mary Lou and Ted built a loving home in Exeter, NH, and enjoyed gardening, traveling, going on night cruises and picnicking at the beach.

A lover of books, game nights, movies, the beach and laughter, she spent her favorite moments surrounded by her family. Mary Lou loved her community, volunteering at her children’s schools, leading Pathfinders and Scouts, and participating in Friends of the Library. As a member of the First Congregational Church of Kingston, Mary Lou actively participated in and led the pastoral team, through which she helped countless members of the community. Mary Lou had the biggest heart and was kind to everyone. His legacy lives on in his beloved family and friends.

Calling hours will be Thursday, August 4 at Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home at 116 Main Street in Plaistow, NH from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A funeral will be held at the First Congregational Church of Kingston at 6 Church Street in Kingston, NH on Friday, August 5 at 11:00 a.m. Donations can be made by donating blood or platelets to a local Red Cross blood drive and the First Congregational Church of Kingston Pastoral Care Fund.

Posted July 28, 2022

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