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Adams, Leticia "Leti"

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July 28, 1960 - November 29, 2019

Adams, Leticia "Leti"

Leticia (Leti) Vega Altman Adams, died peacefully in her home on November 29, 2019, in Dallas, Texas. Leti was diagnosed with MSA (Multiple System Atrophy) in February of 2016. The disease took a strong hold on her life and she fought it with every ounce of her strength, until it took her at the age of 59.

Leti was born in Los Angeles, California in 1960 and was raised in El Paso, Texas. After graduating college from U.T. El Paso in 1984 with a degree in Psychology she moved to Dallas, and later lived in San Diego and Austin, before settling permanently in Dallas. She always said her heart was in California, but her spirit was in Texas. She married Brian Adams on July 11, 1998, in Dallas.

She was a patient’s advocate in health care for 30 years and had a caring passion for others.  She had a heart as big as Texas and chose to live a life of servitude. Leti’s infectious laugh brought smiles to everyone around her. She never met a stranger and left an endearing impression on everyone she met. She had an unbelievable knack of finding and talking to celebrities without the least bit of hesitation. She told corny jokes that often made her laugh more than others, but that was the beauty of her personality.  She had a passion for dance, music, art, poetry, photography, decorating, and celebrating life.

She is survived by her husband Brian Adams of Dallas; son Matthew Altman of Los Angeles CA; mother Carmen Vega of El Paso; and five brothers: Richard Vega (Irene), Robert Vega, Roger Vega (Rose Mary), Ron Vega, and Ray Vega; and, several nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her father Ricardo Vega.


Dallas Funeral Service
A memorial service will take place January 3, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
6306 Kenwood
Dallas Texas, 75214


El Paso Funeral Mass
A funeral mass will take place January 11, 2020 12:00 p.m.
St. Patrick Cathedral
1118 N. Mesa St.
El Paso, Texas 79902


Private Graveside Service
Mount Carmel Cemetery
El Paso, Texas


In lieu of flowers, Leti requested donations be made to the MSA Coalition
Check ‘I WANT TO DEDICATE MY DONATION TO SOMEONE’ in memory of: Leti Altman Adams
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A Signature Service under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home
10116 E. Northwest Highway
Dallas, Texas 75238

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Tom Ellis

July 19, 2020 1:55PM

I was just now thinking of Leti, who I worked with at Baylor Hospital in the 80's. So sorry to learn about our loss. She was a wonderful patient advocate and friend to everyone.


January 15, 2020 7:35AM

My prayers for Brian and Matthew. I am so glad Leti had you Brian as a husband for so long. Thank you for loving her faithfully. I will always remember our time at J&M and UTEP, our time together in California and have been reading her many letters sent to me, which I will treasure. Rest in peace Leti and may perpetual light shine upon you.

Karel Brazelton

January 03, 2020 11:21AM

Prayers for your family at this time

Jamie and Sarah Adams

January 03, 2020 10:00AM

Brian and Matthew, May the Lord grant you comfort and peace.

Nanette Nabhan Lowther

December 15, 2019 8:26PM

My condolences to the family.

Chuck Maese

December 15, 2019 8:02PM

I will remember Leti's warmth and good humor. She was always welcome company.

Rosie Arias Medina

December 15, 2019 11:17AM

My deepest condolences to the Vega & Adams family. Leti was a dear friend of so many of us who went to high school with her. She was one of the kindest, loving, compassionate & very funny persons I’ve ever known! We love & miss you. 😢 Rest in peace “Changa” (inside joke). 💞

Jeff Hilman

December 12, 2019 10:23AM

May the good Lord's peace beyond understanding surround and comfort your entire family during this difficult time.

martha dischinger

December 11, 2019 6:29PM

Leti was truly and angel and we all loved her dearly and she was a devoted mother and wife. She was taken all too soon. Our family will miss her terribly. Prayers to Brian and Matthew and her wonderful Texas family.

Charles & Grace Hanson

December 11, 2019 12:51PM

May the perpetual light of Jesus shine on you cuz. You will be missed.