Wife of Titans owner Adams dies at 84

Updated: February 2, 2009, 5:16 PM ET
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Nancy Adams, wife of Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams, has passed away, the team announced Monday. She was 84.

The Titans announced that she died Sunday night in Houston but did not release the cause.

"I am deeply saddened to report that following a brief illness, I have lost my beloved wife of 62 years, Nancy," Bud Adams said in a statement. "She was the love of my life and we shared so many great memories together. I will miss her greatly, but know how lucky we were to have each other's company for so long."

Nancy Adams was listed as owner and vice chairman of the board of the Titans. She continued to live in Houston after the Oilers relocated to Tennessee and became the Titans.

Active in charitable efforts, she and her husband established the Titans Foundation in 1999 with an opening gift of $500,000. Recently, the couple donated $500,000 to the Baptist Hospital of Nashville to fund an expansion project.

They've often helped out financially in the wake of natural disasters, contributing $100,000 after Tropical Storm Allison hit Houston in 2001 and teaming with the NFL to donate $200,000 following a 1998 tornado in Nashville.

She was born in Mississippi and attended the University of Kansas, where she met her husband.

Along with Bud, she is survived by daughters Susie Smith and Amy Strunk and seven grandchildren. A son, Kenneth Stanley Adams, III, is deceased.

A memorial service was scheduled for Thursday at 1 p.m. at River Oaks Baptist Church in Houston. A private entombment will be held before the memorial service.

Information from ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky and The Associated Press was used in this report.