December 30, 1931 ~ July 30, 2019 (age 87)


Psalm 121: 1-2 (KJV) “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.”               

Elyse (Elsie) Lee Milton was the youngest child born to Operice and Eva (Webb) Milton on December 30, 1931 in Hannibal, Missouri . Elyse passed away at Inspiration Hills Nursing Home in San Antonio, Texas on July 30, 2019 after a lengthy illness.

Elsie’s family moved to Chicago, Illinois in the late 1930’s during the Great Migration. Elsie’s belief in God and her faith in God increased immensely after her mother’s death in 1936 and her father’s death in 1941.

After graduating from Wendell Phillips High School in Chicago, Elyse attended classes at the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana Campus and the University of Illinois- Navy Pier Campus. Elyse later met and married James Lacy in 1954 and to that union three children were born. 

In 1971, Elyse married LeRoy Adams in Los Angeles, California. One child was born through this union.

Mrs. Adams was an active and faithful member of Grace United Methodist Church while living in Los Angeles. She was employed at Imperial Bank, Kaiser Credit Union, the Los Angeles Housing Authority and the Inland Opportunity Center in Riverside, California.

In January of 1999, Mrs. Adams moved to San Antonio, Texas and joined Mount Zion First Baptist Church. She was an active and faithful member of the church and a reliable employee at the Office of the Attorney General-Child Support Unit until becoming ill in 2005.

Mrs. Adams was preceded in death by both parents; husband, LeRoy Adams; sisters: Genova Tate, Christina Mallory, Hazel Peoples; brothers, Joseph and Richard White and Operice Milton, Jr.; nephew, Lawrence Mallory; and grandson, Raymond Cook, Jr.

Mrs. Adams is survived by: daughters, Edwina Salas (Mario) of San Antonio; Jennifer Louis (James) of California; Dana Marie Adams of Illinois; son, James Lacy, Jr. of South Carolina; nephew, James Mallory (Constance) of Illinois; niece, Christy Kelly (Champ) of Illinois; first cousin, Laveine Birditt of Illinois; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Donations may be made in memory of Elyse Adams at: Alzheimer’s Association, San Antonio Office, 10223 McAllister Fwy, Suite #100, San Antonio, TX 78216 (or call 210-822-6449).




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Memorial Service
August 17, 2019

11:00 AM
Mt. Zion First Baptist Church
333 Martin Luther King Jr.
San Antonio, TX 78203

Private Committal

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78209

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