Ann “De” Adams Royal, 66, of Locust, passed peacefully and sur- rounded by love on March 17 at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch. Born in New York, she was a longtime resident of Locust.
In her youth she travelled frequently, fascinated by history and culture. At 20, De rode a motorcycle cross-country on a solo journey of self-discovery. Her enthusiasms were varied, creating a rich personal life of gardening, artistic pursuits, political activism, the outdoors and wildlife, family history, and the Arts. A private person devoted to public good, De spearheaded humanitarian projects; mentored youth development; promoted the restoration of architecture; landscape and interior design; and helped provide meals for the local community.
She had a focused interest in programs for mothers and children, nationally and globally. In addition, she was a former board member of the Visiting Nurse Association of Central New Jersey and a former member of the Monmouth County Historical Association and Garden Club.
Professionally, she enjoyed a long and varied career, in recent years as an elder care consultant specializing in senior transition management.
She was predeceased by her parents, John Adams and Ellen Noonan Adams. She is survived by her children, William Christopher Royal III and Elizabeth Ann Royal; and her sister, Mary Minturn Adams.
Services will take place Saturday, April 2 at 4 p.m. at All Saints Memorial Church, Navesink. A reception will follow in the parish house of the church. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the PRASAD Project, First Nations Development Institute, World Wildlife Fund, or VNACJ-Children and Family Health Institute.
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