Sep 11, 1927 – Sep 23, 2017
Jeannette was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Genevieve Kopp (Campenella). She was raised in Livingston, Montana, where she graduated from Park County High in 1945. After graduating, Jeannette attended The University of Montana in Missoula, and became the first member of her family to pursue a post-secondary education.
She worked as a teller and stenographer at the First National Park Bank in Livingston from 1947 to 1953. Jeannette married her high school sweetheart, Jack Adams, on December 31st, 1953, In Bozeman, Montana. Shortly after, they moved to Sheridan, Wyoming, and opened Bighorn Taxidermy.
In 1968, they immigrated to Smithers, B.C., where they built and ran Adams Igloo Taxidermy and Wildlife Museum until their retirement in 1995. Jeannette was an active member of the Smithers Evangelical Free Church.
She was an animal lover and a firm believer in second chances. She rescued countless animals-from broken-winged birds to stray dogs in Mexico-and was glad to share her home with them over the years. The only thing Jeannette loved more than being out in nature-listening to the choruses of songbirds-was spending time with her family.
Jeannette is survived by her daughter Andri; grandchildren Brady and Hailey; son-in-law Steve Krakana; cousins Ellen, George, and John Campenella, John and Mary Brackstead, Linda and Jay Doig; nieces and nephews Sandy, Barry, Janet, and Judy Adams.
Jeannette is predeceased by husband Jack Adams, her parents; aunt Alta Campenella, and cousins Bill and Joanne Langford, and Robert Campenella; niece and nephew Joanne Adams and Bill Hurley.
A heartfelt thanks to Dr. Paige for her loving care.
A celebration of life will be held on December 30th, 2017 at 2pm at the Evangelical Free Church in Smithers.
Flowers gratefully declined. Memorial donations in Jeannette’s name can be made to the Northwest Animal Shelter Society through the Bulkley Valley Credit Union.
Goodbye, until we meet again…