Maria Sophia (Stock) Adamson

October 6, 1927 ~ October 11, 2020 (age 93)


Maria Sophia Adamson

Maria Sophia “Sophie” Adamson, 93, of Valier passed away on Sunday October 11, 2020 at StoneBridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Benton, Illinois. Sophie was born in Dresden, Germany on October 6, 1927. Born to Maria Launhardt and Heinrich Stock. She grew up in Germany where she was a proof reader at a publishing company. On April 9, 1952 she married Henry M. Adamson of Greenup, Illinois, who preceded her in death September 27, 2000. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. As a naturalized citizen of the United States and the wife of a career military soldier, she assumed the roles of mother and father during Henry’s deployments overseas. Sophie moved with her family to Valier and had resided there since December 1964. After moving to Valier, she was employed as a seamstress in Country Set sewing factory in Du Quoin, Illinois and later began her home sewing business. As a professional seamstress, she made everything from everyday clothing to creating gowns for proms, homecomings, and weddings. She also made cheerleading uniforms for many of the local schools. She enjoyed raising many farm animals, gardening, and canning. Later in life, she enjoyed reading, flower gardening, sewing, knitting doilies, and embroidery. Throughout life, Sophie engaged in travel adventures in the United States and the world, including Germany, Australia, Turkey, and Thailand to name a few.

Sophie’s brother, Gunther preceded her in death and his wife Desley resides in Brisbane, Australia

Sophie had two daughters and two sons:

Dorothee “Dee” Merkle, who preceded her in death, husband Phillip Merkle, Boone, Iowa

Emily and husband, Steve Mickelwait, Haymarket, Virginia

Michael Adamson, Valier, Illinois

Thomas “Tom Tom” Adamson, who preceded her in death.

Grandchildren include:

Michael Kelly and wife, Sarah and their children; Kilian and Keira

Katherine Mackenzie and husband, Patrick and children; Hayden, Andrew, and Will

Julie Greonig and husband, Jake and children; Erin and Louis

William Merkle

Kyle Mickelwait and wife Rae and children; Hayley, Owen, and Adam

Leigh Anne Mullins and husband Matt and children; Madison, Max, Millie, Morgan, and Maverick

Nikolette Burgett and husband David and children; Aurora, Bridget and husband Dalton and their children: Channing, Delilah, and Isabella

Mitchell Adamson and wife Rasheal and daughter Samantha

Megan Adamson and wife Ashley

In addition, Sophie is survived by numerous extended family members in the United States, Germany, and Australia.

In accordance to Sophie’s wishes, she will be cremated. Visitation will be Saturday October 17, 2020 at 3:00 P.M. with services immediately following at 4 P.M. at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, Illinois. Covid precautions will be observed.

In lieu of flowers, Sophie requested donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Donations may be made on line at or by mail at St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Research, Memorial Gift, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

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October 17, 2020

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Morton and Johnston Funeral Home
410 S. Main Street
Benton, IL 62812

Funeral Service
October 17, 2020

4:00 PM
Morton and Johnston Funeral Home
410 S. Main Street
Benton, IL 62812


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