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Caitlin E. Adams

Bastrop, Texas — Caitlin E. Adams, formerly of Canaan, N.H., passed away on Monday, June 24, 2013, after a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Fiercely competitive all her life, she fought to maintain her independence until the end, and her last days were filled with visits and love from family and friends.

Caitlin loved her work at the Birthing Center at Alice Peck Day Hospital. Helping babies come into this world was a joy to her. She was a passionate person who took up many causes. In her last years, she became an activist for the Campaign to End the Death Penalty and Free Rodney Reed, who is currently on death row.

Caitlin delighted in nature and traveled to see many glorious sites. She mused that when she would transition from this life, she would like to make a few more stops, including Yellowstone, base camp at Mt. Everest/Chomolungma, and Alpe d’Huez during the Tour de France.

Caitlin referred to her ALS as “Lou.” She lived an active life and knew how to enjoy life by bicycling, mountain biking, running— until her opponent Lou appeared. She accomplished much in her life, including completing the Boston Marathon, and yet knew the sweetness of being still enough to experience butterfly kisses. She inspired others to be their best selves.

She leaves her sons, Jamie Troiano, Kevin Troiano, and Tim Troiano of Chicago. She is predeceased by her father, Hugh Bray. Surviving family includes her mother, Helen Bray of Clearwater, Fla.; her siblings, Kenny Bray, Glen Ellyn, Ill., Dennis Bray, Newark, Ill., Mary Ann Richardson, San Francisco, Calif., Randy Bray and Bob Bray, Naperville, Ill., Jim Bray, Germany, Judy Patrick, Clearwater, Fla., David Bray, Phoenix, Ariz., Kelly Goodwin, Pittsburgh, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews. She leaves behind her husband, Bob Cheney of Cambridge, N.Y.; and many close friends too numerous to list.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on July 23, 2013, at St. Helena’s Church in Enfield, N.H., with a reception to follow at the parish hall.

Contributions can be made in Caitlin’s name to: Rodney Reed Defense Trust Fund, Hull Hendricks Macrae LLP, ATTN Andrew Macrae, 221 West 6th Street Suite 960, Austin, TX 78701-3400 or to the Campaign to End the Death Penalty Campaign to End the Death Penalty, PO Box 25730, Chicago, IL 60625, or online at www.nodeathpenalty.org.