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Rue Ann Adamson

January 21, 1947 –
 November 5, 2022


Rue Ann Adamson, 75, of Grand Prairie, TX, entered Heaven’s Gates November 5, 2022, surrounded by a room full of people who loved her as much as she loved them. Rue Ann’s vibrantly beautiful heart was bigger than Texas and she used that heart to love BIG…sharing all of herself generously with her family, friends, and colleagues throughout her colorful and adventurous life.

Born January 21, 1947, in the Texas Rio Grande Valley, to Justus and Janice Haley, she was baby sister Rue-Rue to her big bubbas, Dean & “Rakie”, who spoiled her rotten and protected her up until she drew her last breath.

Rue Ann’s passions in life were her family, friends, animals, food & wine, art, and travel. After graduating from Edinburg North High School and University of Oklahoma, she began her career in travel as a flight attendant, then moved on to roles with vacation tour operators, hotels, and travel agencies. Rue Ann spent the better part of five decades in the travel industry where she developed, nurtured, and amassed a cadre of lifelong, loyal friends she was blessed to travel and “do life” with. She made a significant impact in this space and was as well-known and beloved to her business family as she was to her biological family.

Ever true to her Texas roots and strong “Haley-woman” DNA, Rue Ann was the epitome of a “Steel Magnolia”, a term used to define southern women who exemplify both traditional femininity and an uncommon fortitude. Like the magnolia flower, she was both delicate and beautiful, yet tough enough to persevere through challenging seasons of life. Just as she joyfully lived life out loud, embracing all the blessings the Lord showered upon her, and drinking fully from life’s cup, she also fearlessly faced adversity head-on with grace, poise, and dignity…. including in her battle with cancer this year. Our precious angel Rue Ann wanted to stay here with us so badly, she gracefully and fiercely fought, with that uncommon fortitude, right up until her Heavenly Father called her home. And we understand why He wanted His angel back. While our human hearts are shattered, our spirits rejoice, as we know Rue Ann’s last travel adventure was to the best destination of them all.

Rue Ann is survived by her brother Dean Haley and his wife, Diana Haley, brother Ray Haley and sister-in-law Barbara Haley Dingman, stepson Bradley Adamson, nieces and nephews Lelan Haley, Rhonda Haley, Sharon Haley Purcell, and Travis Haley, and close family friends, Rachel Jessen, and Sean Jessen.Memorial services for Rue Ann will be held at a later date determined by the family. Please leave family condolences and share memories here on this website.

    Jeanie ludwig
    12 Nov 2022

    Rue Ann was a beautiful and kind lady. I am thankful to have known her.
    Jeanie land Ludwig
    Mickey George Ludwig

    Debbie Stevenson
    13 Nov 2022

    Rue Ann was full of excitement and so much fun to work with. Enjoyed traveling with her to Mexico with Funjet Vacations. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Debbie Ridgmar Travel

    Susan Linex
    14 Nov 2022

    My dear Rue is one of the most amazing people I have been blessed with.

    Thank you Rue for being “Mother Two” to me for 45 plus years and more years to come. I will cherish all of our moments together. You have never not been there for me in the physical world and now I look forward to your presence in the spiritual world. Thank you for spending most of the holidays and the just because daily moments with our family. You have always been consistently with us and we will miss your physical hugs and presence, but will continue to celebrate you every single day. You have given us so many memories and lessons in life that will live on. As a family we are thankful that you and mama were lifetime best of friends/sisters/soulmates because life wouldn’t have been as beautiful without you. Thank you for always being there for mama and us. Thank you for allowing us to choose you as family and for choosing us back. Thank you for being one of the most loving and loyal family members one could dream of having.
    We had a family celebration in your honor this past Saturday and I know for a fact you were there with us because we could feel your fun and loving spirit. I’m sure many of us were still hoping you would walk through that door, but our reality is now we will have to feel your spirit surrounding and embracing us instead.

    We love you so much and this sucks, but we will comfort and support eachother to get through this time just like you have always been there to comfort and support us for almost 50 years. Thank you for being you and thank you for all the love you shared with us!


    Paige Bankston
    17 Nov 2022

    I’ve known Rue Ann Since I was 19 years old, hate to admit but I just turned 61. So 41 so I have had the Amazing Pleasure to have been her friend for 41 years. She knew everything and anything about travel and was an wonderful teacher, friend, and Angel. This industy and I will miss her so much. We were all very lucky to be graced with her presence.

    We do love you Rue so very much but now God gets his Angel back!

    Elizabeth Thomas Hogan
    20 Nov 2022

    I met Rue Ann when I was 17. I write this now as a 68 year old women who was helped and nurtured by this Angel. I was to be launched into the life I know today by Rue Ann and George. It was like a dream. She and George wrapped their arms around me and gave me the love and direction I needed as a very young girl starting life. I was a nobody and she made me a somebody.
    Thank you Rue Ann. There are no words for how you much you meant to me. My first real hair cut at Crimpers salon in Dallas.
    My first set of eyelashes. You made a woman out of this girl from the Valley trying to figure out life. You were my teacher, my guide.
    I’ll never ever forget you. You are Home. At peace.
    I love you Rue Ann.

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