Friends of Library president dies of brain cancer

Adams remembered for sharing knowledge, community support

A lover of the library, bonsai, dollhouse miniatures and the community, Kathryn “Kate” Adams, 73, left a diverse and deep impact in Sequim.

The Madison, Wisc., native succumbed to brain cancer Feb. 18, said her husband Fred Fallon.

She was diagnosed less than two months ago with minimum symptoms, he said.

Adams moved to Sequim about 20 years ago with her late husband Peter, a well-known bonsai expert, and she became active with the Friends of Sequim Library holding multiple leadership positions including president — a role she held until her death.

Through her and other volunteers’ efforts, they raised hundreds-of-thousands of dollars for programming at the Sequim Library, said Liz Phelps, Friends of Sequim Library secretary.

Adams also helped organize the monthly sale’s art, crafts, gardening and music books.

Lucy Carey, a friend through the library, said Adams loved to volunteer at books sales.

“She enjoyed meeting people at the sales and helping them find books,” Carey said.

The pair often got together on Sundays with their families and/or friends to watch movies or football on Sundays, too.

“We’d share meals, laugh; she had a good sense of humor,” Carey said. “That’s the part of our relationship I’m going to miss the most.”

Along with books, Adams was active with gardening, including bonsai.

Evan Miller, a friend of her and Peter, said they bonded over bonsai and Peter became a mentor for him.

He said Adams was “generous with her knowledge, and a kind and caring individual.”

“She really wanted to share her knowledge,” Miller said.

Adams co-authored two books with Peter, including “Bonsai: Easy Steps with 21 Species,” and served as chief editor for “Bonsai Solo” magazine.

The pair traveled the world teaching and learning about bonsai, and had a son, Christian Caspar IV, who died in his 20s, Fallon said.

Adams liked to work with her hands, he said.

“She was always wrapped up in doing something,” Fallon said. “She didn’t like being idle.”

Another major interest for her was building dollhouse miniature dioramas.

Sandy Olson befriended Adams at the Mini-Marvels club in Port Angeles in 2005, a group she remained active with until she became ill.

Olson said Adams loved to make miniature books, which have been featured at the Sequim Library.

“She was very kind, and always interested in what other people were doing,” she said. “I just miss her tremendously.”

Fallon said their home is filled with Adams’ dioramas and shadow boxes of his wife’s work.

Fallon said he accidentally met her over the phone. He intended to call the library but by mistake was given Adams’ home number, and the two struck up a conversation leading to many more before meeting. A relationship sparked, they went to Hawaii, came back and got married in 2015, Fallon said.

Adams holds an undergraduate degree University of Wisconsin — Madison, and her sister and four brothers reside in Wisconsin

A celebration of her life will be scheduled at a later date.