Lynn Ellen Adamson, née Farne, 69, took a first class flight to heaven on Jan. 1, 2020 in San Diego, California with her daughter Alexandra “Alex” (CHS ’09) by her side.
A long time resident of Coronado, Lynn was born March 23, 1950 in San Francisco, the daughter of George and Jacqueline Farne.
Lynn was a true Army brat who as a child lived in bases in Hawaii, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Japan. The time spent at these various forts set her allegiance early on, and she always cheered for Army in the Army-Navy game despite later marrying a Naval aviator. She grew up diving and riding competitively and maintained her passion for horses and animals throughout her life. After high school in Fort Sill and El Paso, she attended Oklahoma State University.
Lynn’s life mission was hospitality, and could put anyone at ease. She spent 35 years as an international flight attendant for American Airlines initially based in Washington DC and later in Chicago. Her favorite route was New Delhi because of the shopping, culture, and food. When it came time to retire, Lynn did not want to quit.
In 1987, Lynn met the love of her life, Rob, at a Concert in the Park in Coronado. They married in 1989 at Christ Church and made a home together on the island. Their door was always open and laughter could often be heard on the street. Through the years, they housed many a wayward person and animal. Their favorite arrival by far was their daughter Alex in 1991.
Motherhood made Lynn’s life whole. She fostered a relationship of compassion, love, and support with her daughter. She never considered parenting to be work; instead she found deep satisfaction and enjoyment in being Alex’s cheerleader and teammate.
After Rob died in 1999, their home remained an oasis for all walks of life especially teenagers and Navy bachelors. Lynn was a consummate hostess and wanted people to be comfortable and happy. The duvets were always stuffed, glasses were always full, and all were encouraged to “sleep until you wake up.”
Lynn will be remembered for being effortlessly warm and enveloping. People gravitated toward her because she made them feel respected, understood, and listened to. With infinite wisdom and a lovingly sardonic humor, she always knew just what to say. She became a second mother to many.
Lynn was a fierce friend, a reluctant cook, and a happy drinker. She wanted red wine as dry as the bar room floor and coffee like motor oil. She cherished walks on the beach with her golden retriever Bonnie and spoiling elderly unwanted cats.
Her shopping philosophy was quality over quantity unless it came to throw pillows, oriental rugs, or diamonds—in which case she sought out both.
Politics were her passion, and she was deeply patriotic. She was incredibly proud of her father, husband, and extended family’s military service. A voracious reader, she had a fondness for American history, Ronald Reagan and Winston Churchill. Ben Hur was her favorite movie., and her only regret was never learning to fly fish.
Special thanks are in order to her medical team, particularly her nephrologist Doctor Jill Meyer who outwitted Lynn’s chronic kidney disease for years.
In addition to her daughter Alexandra “Alex” Adamson, Lynn is survived by her sister Leslie, brother David, and a wide circle of beloved family and friends.
She was predeceased by her husband CDR (Ret) Robert Edward “Squatty” Adamson III, her mother Jacqueline “Jackie” Carr Farne and her father George Harold Farne.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Lynn can be made the Shriners Hospitals for Children, the Wounded Warriors Project, or the National Kidney Foundation.