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Realtor Bonnie Adams dies of cancer

La Jolla Realtor Bonnie Adams died Dec. 19 at her La Jolla home surrounded by family after a two-year bout with cancer.

Born Bonnie McGrew to famous bandleader Bob McGrew and his wife, Barrie, Bonnie grew up between Colorado Springs and Phoenix, where her father was the Big Band leader at the Broadmoor and Biltmore Hotels. A love of music was instilled in her, something she passed on to her children.

Her husband of 26 years, Dennis Adams talked about the qualities his wife had that endeared her to other people.

“She was an extremely high-energy-level person,” he said. “That life force just brought everybody into her circle.”

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“She sold high-end properties, but she got a great deal of satisfaction working with first-time homebuyers,” he said. “Many of them became lifelong friends. She never worried about her commissions. She always put the client first. “

Adams said his wife’s work ethic and integrity carried over into all aspects of her life.

“Bonnie didn’t have any enemies,” he said. “Everyone who came in contact with her felt welcome, wanted and accepted.”

Susana Corrigan, a real estate colleague of Bonnie Adams, said she will be missed.

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“She was a true friend to me and a real estate agent par excellence,” Corrigan said. “She was a very strong, generous person. We’ll certainly miss her tremendous wit and certainly, her intelligence.”

Another colleague of Adams, Joan Schultz, said of her: “Bonnie died with the same dignity with which she lived. She was a dear friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our friendship.”

Besides her husband, survivors include a sister, Laurie Parker of San Diego; daughter Ashley Gramins and husband John of New York City; daughter-in-law Kirstin Kirn; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by son Bradley Kirn.

Services will be held Dec. 27 at La Jolla Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, gifts in remembrance of Bonnie may be made to San Diego Hospice or La Jolla Presbyterian Church.