Nydia Adames Obituary
Nydia Maria Adames, a pillar of strength and the heart of her family, passed away peacefully from natural causes on September 4, 2023, at the age of 85 in Warner Robins, Georgia. Her absence leaves an irreplaceable void, but her indomitable spirit and unconditional love will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew her.
Born to Manolo and Trinidad Rodriguez on March 27, 1938, in the picturesque town of Ciales, Puerto Rico, Nydia’s life journey was a tapestry woven with resilience, love, and wisdom. In 1961, she entered into a lifetime partnership with Rafael Adames-Longo, marking the beginning of an extraordinary, 56-year union characterized by mutual adoration, deep friendship, and an unswerving commitment to family.
Making a home in Zion, Illinois, Nydia and Rafael dedicated their lives to nurturing their five wonderful children. With an inborn maternal instinct, Nydia’s primary role was that of a devoted mother, an anchor that kept the family grounded through thick and thin.
Professionally, Nydia was a respected figure in the Waukegan public school system, where she passionately taught English as a Second Language (ESL) and took on various roles at Carman Elementary School, among other institutions. Known for her sharp wit, infectious humor, and the kindness that she naturally exuded, Nydia made a lasting impact on colleagues and students alike.
Upon retirement, Nydia and Rafael relocated to the serene landscapes of Morris, Illinois, and later, to the sunny shores of Fort Myers, Florida. Nydia, an enthusiastic sports fan, remained steadfast in her support for her Chicago Cubs and the Bears. Her golden years were graciously spent surrounded by family, particularly under the loving care of her daughter Nydia and son-in-law Bryan.
Nydia leaves behind a legacy of love, surviving her are her five children: Rafael, Ariel, Nydia Adames-Petty (married to Bryan Petty), Nydia Robinson (married to Anthony), and Ivan Adames (married to Liz). She is also survived by her seven cherished grandchildren: Ashley & Chrissy Petty, Giovanni Adames, Tyler and Arielle Robinson, and Zoey and Alexis Adames. Preceding her in eternal rest are her beloved husband Rafael, her five siblings, and her grandson, Bryan Robinson.
The family will honor Nydia’s life in an intimate, private memorial service. In lieu of flowers, they kindly ask that contributions be made in Nydia’s name to a charity or cause that resonates with you on a local level.
Those who wish to pay their respects, share stories, or offer condolences are encouraged to visit Nydia’s memorial webpage at McCullough Funeral Home’s website (www.mcculloughfh.com). Alternatively, tributes may be sent to Nydia Robinson at 165 E. Division St., Coal City, IL 60416.
In remembering Nydia Maria Adames, we celebrate not just her life, but the enduring love and invaluable lessons she bestowed upon us all. May her soul rest in eternal peace.
Who is Nydia Adames?
Nydia Maria Adames was an 85-year-old woman who passed away peacefully on September 4, 2023, in Warner Robins, Georgia. Born on March 27, 1938, in Ciales, Puerto Rico, she was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, often described as the matriarch and heart of her family. She was married to Rafael Adames-Longo for 56 years, and the couple raised five children in Zion, Illinois.
Professionally, Nydia had a career in the Waukegan public school system, where she taught English as a Second Language (ESL) and held various other roles, particularly at Carman Elementary School. She was well-respected in her community for her kindness and sense of humor. After retiring, she moved with her husband to Morris, Illinois, and later to Fort Myers, Florida.
Nydia is survived by her five children—Rafael, Ariel, Nydia Adames-Petty, Nydia Robinson, and Ivan Adames—as well as seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, her five siblings, and a grandson. The family has chosen to hold a private memorial service in her honor.