My Life, as I Recall it Yet

As written by Romaigne herself, with updates and additions

Romaigne Thomas Adams passed away April 22, 2022.  She was the elder daughter of Gertrude Sprunger Thomas and Martz Auburn Thomas, born December 9, 1925 in Berne, Indiana. Her remains have been cremated, as she desired.

She won a President’s Scholarship on viola from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, having graduated from West Side High School in Union City, Indiana in 1943 and then from DePauw in 1947 on an accelerated program.  

She married John Louis Adams on January 1st, 1946, after he returned from military service with the Mighty Eighth Air Corp in England.  From this union came three children and spouses, all living today:  Janet Lorraine Kuster & her husband Eric Kuster of Sweet Home, Oregon, Thomas Alan Adams and his wife Marianne of Decatur, Ga. and John Louis Adams, Jr. and his wife Marjorie, of Decatur, Ga.  She was preceded in death by her husband, John Louis Adams in 2006, and by her younger sister Marilyn Peterson in August of 2021, and her sister’s husband, Kim Peterson in May of 2021, both of Union City Indiana, where she grew up.

Romaigne and John lived in Rochester New York while he completed his Masters Degree in Music at Eastman School of Music. Both Janet Lorraine and Tom were born there.  

She moved to Rome, Ga with her husband where he had accepted a teaching position at Shorter College, and then to Decatur when he moved to Agnes Scott College. 

She was a member of Decatur Presbyterian Church, Pi Beta Phi social fraternity, and Mu Phi Epsilon, music honorary society.  Romaigne taught Two Year Olds in Sunday School for many years.

Romaigne played viola in the Atlanta Symphony for thirteen years under Henry Sopkin and Robert Shaw.  She also taught many violin students who started with her, then graduated to her husband when they became proficient and promising.  Romaigne and John  played with the Savannah Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, and were hired as guest performers with the Recife, Brazil Symphony for a year.  They toured with many celebrities, including Henry Mansini, Jackie Gleason, John Denver, and performed with James Brown, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and many others.

There are three grandchildren, Kenneth Harlan Johnson and his wife Stephanie, Brandon Craig Johnson, and Thomas Alan Adams, Jr.; and Ken’s daughter Sarah and her husband Wes & their sons, Noah and Max.

This website is in Romaigne & John’s honor and memory. This is a work in progress. All suggestion and contributions of photos, stories, etc. are very welcome. So are complaints! Please send them to the webmaster. f you would like to be advised of major updates, please email the webmaster at mbadams@money99.

As written by Romaigne herself, with updates and minor additions

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