Obituary of Lisa Karen (Rehbein) Adams
Lisa Karen (Rehbein) Adams, Age 69, of Phoenix, AZ, went to be with her Heavenly Father after passing away peacefully on the evening of November 29, 2022.
Lisa was born on October 18, 1953, to Arthur Earnest (Bud) and Elizabeth Irene (Irene) Rehbein in South Bend, Indiana. In 1965, Bud and Irene moved their family to Tempe, AZ. Lisa graduated from McClintock High School (Class of ’72) where she was a cheerleader for four years. She attended the University of Arizona, obtaining her Bachelors in Education (Class of ’76), and was a proud member of the cheer squad and Delta Gamma Sorority. After graduation, Lisa moved to Boulder, CO. She then moved to Wyoming, living in Casper and Gillette while working as an Insurance Adjuster. There she met and married Jerry Adams. Together they had two children, Jacob (Jake) and Sara. Lisa took pride in raising her two wonderful children.
Lisa was very passionate about learning, teaching, and government and recently retired from the Tempe Union High School District after 32 years of teaching. Over her 32 years in the district, she taught at her alma matter McClintock High School, Mountain Pointe High School, and Corona del Sol High School. She spent much of her teaching career at Corona and loved all her Aztec students and fellow teachers. Throughout her time at Corona, she taught World History, Geography, Government, and Economics. She was an active coach and assistant with the Honors Competition Government class, helping them prepare for state and national competitions each year. She had been an active participant and representative of the iCivics Organization and We the People Foundation, in addition to being a sponsor for student council. While teaching, Lisa obtained her Masters of Education from Arizona State University and had been working on her second graduate degree after being accepted into the James Madison Fellowship. She enjoyed spending time in Colonial Williamsburg any time she visited Virginia and even purchased an authentic colonial era dress. She would assume the persona of a colonial era woman named Elizabeth House Trist and she would wear her dress to school each Constitution Day, staying in character through each class that day as she taught her students what it was like to live 200 years in the past. Elizabeth even had her own staff badge! Lisa truly enjoyed sharing her passion and teaching all she could to her students.
Lisa was very talented at crocheting and loved making gifts for family, including handmade blankets for all her grandchildren. She enjoyed watching college basketball, especially cheering on her Arizona Wildcats. You could often find Lisa, as well as her home, decorated in red, white, and blue. She also loved a good game of Euchre or Cribbage! Most of all, Lisa cherished time with her family and friends. She was so happy to finally have all four of her grandchildren together in Phoenix. She jumped at the opportunity to attend a school or sporting event and loved taking them special places. G, as she was affectionately called by all her grandchildren, will truly be missed. Lisa wholeheartedly put her faith in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, and was a faithful, praying attendee of the Mountain Park Church in Phoenix and was overjoyed at her recent baptism.
Lisa is survived by her mother, Irene Rehbein; two brothers, Michael (Diana) and James (Jim) Rehbein; son, Jacob (Amy) Adams; daughter, Sara Adams; four grandchildren Mackenzie and Harper Rutherford and Logan and Naomi Adams; as well as several nieces and nephews across the United States. Lisa was proceeded in death by her grandparents and father (Bud Rehbein).
A Celebration of Life will be held at Mountain Park Church located at 6461 S 48th St., Phoenix, AZ 85048 on Saturday, January 14th 2022, from 1pm to 3pm.