Marie Rose Adams | Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

July 25, 1927 - November 22, 2019

Marie Rose Adams (nee Marie-Rose Madeleine Elisabeth Drouet), born on July 25, 1927 in Paris, France, age 92, passed away on November 22, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Preceded in death by her husband, William Adams, and her son, David (Danelle-dec.) Adams. Survived by her children: Caroline (Sewak Seebachan) Adams, Veronique (Daniel) Grimes, Christopher (Terri) Adams, Sylvia Adams, Thomas (Gail) Adams, Steven (Katherine) Adams and daughter-in-law Kerrie Adams; her grandchildren: Matthew (Marcia) Seebachan, Christine (Josh) Boege, Justin (Caren) Adamslee, Nathan Adams, Grant (Casey) Adams, Michelle (Scott) Jones, Rachel (Tom) Liners, Elise (Adam) Zantello, Timothy (Amanda) Grimes, Jacob Adams, Andrew (Rose) Grimes, Katelyn (Ben) Crouch, Allison (Stefon) Jones, Jeffrey (Jenna) Seebachan, Lucas, Isaiah, Lillian, Nolan, and Lucille; and her great-grandchildren: James, Ayla, William, Grace, Mickey, Audrey, Isabella, Thomas, Daphne, Lennox, Rocco, Xavier, Gordon, Isaac, and Emmerson. Marie Rose earned her baccalauréat from Notre-Dame de Sion in Paris and her college degree from Ecole de Haut Enseignement Commercial pour les Jeunes Filles (HECJF). She attended the University of North Dakota, then transferred to the University of Minnesota, where she met Bill Adams whom she married in October 1950. They started their family in France and moved back to Minneapolis in 1953. They belonged respectively to the Catholic parishes of St. Helena, St. Kevin and Our Lady of Peace in Minneapolis. Marie Rose was a Board member and French language teacher at the Alliance Française Mpls/St. Paul.

Memorial donations may be sent to Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church at 5426 12th Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN 55417, or to the Alliance Française Mpls/St. Paul at 227 Colfax Ave. No., Minneapolis, MN 55405.


  1. Marie-Jeanne Hargitt-Delévaux says:

    All my love to the family of Marie-Rose, a fabulous mother grandmother and great grandmother. Very unique and loving individual!
    Today I say goodbye to a precious loyal friend, mentor (teaching French ), a vibrant individual with fabulous mind, great conversations, big dreams for all her descendants. Totally French! She helped with a great group of women of her generation to plant the Alliance Francaise in the Twin Cities. Without them, the Alliance would not be what it is today. Un grand merci pour tes talents et ton influence qui ont touché la vie de beaucoup ici et à Paris .

    Gratitude is the memory of the heart .
    J.B Massieu

  2. Katie La France says:

    We will be there. She will be missed by all. Love you grandma Marie. Have fun up in heaven with everyone

  3. Annick Pratbernon says:

    Mes condoleances a toute sa famille. Elle etait ma copine de longue date, on s’etait connes a l’Alliance. Je l’avais perdue de vue ces dernieres annees qu’elle repose en paix.

  4. Guy noonan says:

    Marie-Rose Adams! How reading that name brings a smile to my face. I have neither seen nor heard of Marie Rose since the late 90s when I left Minnesota. She was on the committee with me while I was a President of the Alliance at Minneapolis. During that time Christian Chatton became the director; during that same time we received a grant from the alliance française de Paris for Fr.125,000, equivalent at that time to about US$100,000. This money was to help in the purchase of the building where the Alliance stands now. I can hear her voice, I can see her smile, I can see her grimaces when she didn’t like things, and I can still feel her enthusiasm and also her impatience when she wanted something done? She was a great gift to the Alliance and will still be going forward as the “gift that keeps on giving“ because by her influence so many things were put in place.

    Marie-Rose, dorme bien dans les bras des anges et devant le grand autel construit pour nous accueillir. Guy François Noonan, Ancien Président de l’alliance française de Minneapolis/St Paul. Donné à Saint-Augustin, Floride mercredi le 27 novembre. (

  5. Ronaele Arnett says:

    May precious memories bring peace & comfort to Marie’s family & friends.
    With our deepest sympathy,
    Dale & Ronaele Arnett

  6. June Smith Land says:

    Marie was a wonderful, grand lady and friend. We lived in the same neighborhood and our children grew up together…so many delightful memories that will last forever. We have missed her and the family. Our love and Sympathy to her family,
    June Smith Land, Kings Mountain, NC, Laura Smith Scholz, Edina, MN and Michael Vonsmith, Minnetonka, MN

    • Nicole M Thomason says:

      I just want to say it was a pleasure working with Marie. She can light up a room with her smile,she was loving and compassionate! She had alot of humor as well. I fell in love with her. Rest in heaven Angel!

  7. David K Wells Jr says:

    Marie Rose was my first teacher at L’Alliance, truly the embodiment of le joie de vivre and bonhomie, vibrant, yet not one to be trifled with. she stood firm with very high standards. Quelle raconteuse! I was enthralled with her wonderful stories, especially her eye-witness account from her balcony of the Allies freeing Paris.
    Her smile would light up the room, and that will always remain in my heart.
    My condolences to her family, I’m sorry I was unable to attend the services and speak with each of you personally.
    Fortunately, I was able to be with her at the hospice and express my feelings to this great friend before she left her body.

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