LeAnn Higgs McAdams, of Tooele, Utah, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and loved ones on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at the age of 68, reuniting with her beloved husband.
Born Oct. 9, 1950, to Phyllis and Merlin Higgs in Kaysville, Utah, LeAnn was fun and a great friend to people. She loved to color as a child and was a mama’s girl. Their family enjoyed fishing, camping and traveling together. On one fishing trip, everyone was catching fish, except for her. LeAnn’s dad felt bad and put one of the fish he had caught on her line when she wasn’t looking and put it back in the water. She was so excited to pull in her own fish.
LeAnn graduated from Davis High School in 1969 and married her first husband, Tom Ward after graduation. They later divorced.
She attended Painters Beauty College and worked as a hairdresser. She also worked in respiratory therapy at St. Benedicts Hospital and had other various jobs.
She married Danny Ray Olsen in the early 1980s. On Jan. 9, 1987, LeAnn gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Alice, who was stillborn. The death of her little Alice was one of LeAnn’s greatest losses. The couple later divorced.
LeAnn eventually met the love of her life, Michael Shelton McAdams, and the couple married Nov. 12, 2001 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They had very happy years together. Mike would often bring her roses and made her feel like a queen. They enjoyed motorcycle rides together and brought out the best in each other. They were in Bikers Against Child Abuse. LeAnn cared for him in his final years as he went through and lost the battle to Squamous Cell Cancer on Aug. 9, 2007.
A very determined woman, LeAnn lived independently up to the day before her death, even as she struggled with advanced COPD.
LeAnn was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Janeane Hobey; daughter, Alice; and her one true love, Michael.
She is survived by her two sisters, Catherine Nielsen and Elizabeth (James) Holmes; her husband Mike’s children: Tammy, Jackie, Ben, Andrew, Becki and Jeremy; step-mother, Trudy Higgs and her step siblings, David Poulus, Michael Poulus and Kathy Fladie; two nephews, a niece and their children.
Although it breaks our hearts that she is gone, we know she was welcomed into the loving arms of her Heavenly Father and her dear husband, Mike.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 7, 2018, at the Overlake 2nd Ward, 1717 Berra Blvd. in Tooele, Utah at 10 a.m., with visitation from 9-9:45 a.m. followed by interment at the Utah Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Park at Camp Williams, where she will be buried with Mike.