Hilda Adams

August 18th, 1926April 27th, 2018

Longtime Boulder resident Hilda Ortiz Adams, age 91, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 27, 2018 at home with her family by her side. She was born on August 18, 1926 in Yauco, near Ponce, Puerto Rico to Pedro Ortiz and Petra Gonzalez. Hilda was a Registered Nurse, and served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army Nursing Corps. Hilda met John Welch Adams while they both were serving in the Army. They were married in Munchweiler, Germany on April 14, 1956.  They moved to Boulder in 1964. They were married for 37 years until John passed away in 1993. 

Hilda and John hosted many international students over the years through the University of Colorado who became lifelong friends.  Students came from Chile, Panama, Italy, Germany, and many other countries.  Hilda also loved spending time with her family, reading romance novels, and gambling in Las Vegas and Blackhawk.  She enjoyed traveling with family when she could, and went to England, Chile, and Puerto Rico and on cruises to Alaska, the Panama Canal, and the Caribbean. 

Hilda is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and siblings Pedro Ortiz, Gil Ortiz, and Celia Lugo.  Hilda is survived by her sister Delia Ortiz Gonzales of Ponce, Puerto Rico, her children Margaret Sparks (Randall) of Lafayette, Robert Adams (Julie) of Boulder, and Brenda Adams (Quentin Finck) of Concord, CA, and grandchildren Mitchell Adams, Michelle Forsyth (Keith), Scott Adams, Tamara Sparks, and John Finck.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to continue to assist those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico at: Hispanic Federation: UNIDOS, Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund for Puerto Rico, or Water Mission Puerto Rico Hurricane Response. 

The family would like to thank all the caregivers, Abode Hospice of Colorado nurses and team for all the kindness and love shown while taking care of her.


There will be a gathering and reception time with the family on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM at Darrell Howe Mortuary in Lafayette. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, May 1, at Green Mountain Cemetery in Boulder.


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R.I.P. Great lady. Mary Alequin Los Angeles, Ca
Dear Margaret, Bobbie, Brenda and families, I could not believe when I saw the obituary in the paper that this day had come. I am so saddened by the passing of Hilda and I am so glad that I got to be one of her host students 30 and a half years ago. So glad to have met her and John, so many fond memories. Hilda is now back together with John and it makes me smile thinking of them watching the dog races and the Broncos together from heaven. And they have all of you and the grand children to watch after and continue her legacy. With deepest sympathy, Monika (and Dan, with Sarah and Stephanie)