Ada Margaret Smith passed away December 12, 2021 at the age of 85. Ada was born to the late Saint Timothy Thomas Sr and Nettie B Bronson Thomas on August 22, 1936. Ada was the first of 9 children including Saint Timothy Jr, Robert Thomas, Johnnie Thomas, James Thomas, Charlie Seldon, Essie Bea Thomas, Mary Ola Parker and Callie Walker.
Ada graduated in 1953 from Merritt High School , eventually moving on to attend and graduate from Tuskegee University in 1958. Ada was an active member of the Michigan Dietetics Association and the American Dietetic Association. Throughout her life, Ada was always adventurous and didn’t hesitate to venture out on her own. She moved to Detroit, Mi. after graduating from college in order to begin her career while also trailblazing the way for several of her sisters and brothers to follow in her footsteps.
While working at the Veteran’s Administration hospital in Detroit MI., Ada met and eventually married Woodrow Smith, Jr. To this union, three children were born. Cynthia Marie Smith-Frisby, Sharrone Rena Smith, and Michel Terence Smith.
Ada stressed the importance of education and family, providing her children with experiences and opportunities that ultimately resulted in all of her children walking across the graduation stage to receive their college diplomas.
Ada made sure that her children were exposed to the arts through music and dance - as well as sports such as: football, baseball, basketball, cheerleading, softball, track and field, soccer, swimming, volleyball and gymnastics. Ada was always passionate about her family, and despite the pressures of a career and raising children as a single mother, she was always there for them, never having missed a school function or sports event. After pursuing promotions that took her from Detroit, Mi. to Shreveport , LA. to Lincoln NE., Ada ultimately set her roots in Gainesville, FL in 1978 .
Ada worked as the Chief of Dietetics at the Veteran’s Administration hospital, retiring in 1997. Because Ada loved to work and loved people, she began working at Publix in 1997 as member of the Apron’s team , retiring in 2020.
Ada was known to many as “Mama Ada.” She became known not just as the trailblazer but as “the life of the party.” She was vivacious,and had an amazing sense of humor. Anyone who came into her life or home instantly felt that it was the place to be. Her cooking skills were legendary, especially her fried chicken and collard greens, cream corn, sweet potatoes pies, banana pudding, tomato gravy over rice, and potato salad,.
Mama Ada especially loved gardening, preferring to spend the majority of her time in her yard, Ada enjoyed quilting and made many beautiful quilts over the course of her life. She enjoyed yearly vacations in Orlando, FL with all her children and their families. She loved laughing and laughter. She loved people and never met a stranger.
She enjoyed watching sports , particularly when her son played for the University of Alabama and then watching him coach his basketball for Eufaula High School basketball team.
On the morning of Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 4:48am, Ada transitioned peacefully surrounded by her entire family praying and singing hymns of praise . Left to celebrate her life and legacy are: two daughters; Cynthia Smith Frisby (Craig) of Norman, OK, Sharrone Rena Smith of Gainesville, Fl, and one son Michael Terence Smith, Sr. (Bridgette), of Eufaula, AL.; four brothers; James E. Thomas of Montgomery, AL., Saint Timothy Thomas, Jr, (Naomi) of Union Springs, AL., Robert Thomas (Linda), of Detroit, MI.,, Johnnie C. Thomas (Daisy), of Birmingham, AL., and four sisters; Charlie M. Seldon of Indianapolis, IN., Essie Bea Thomas of Midway, AL., Mary Ola Parker of Atlanta, GA., and Callie V. Walker (Arthur) of Midway, AL., Four grandchildren: Angela Sharrone Frisby, Marcus Leon Frisby (Brooke), Michael Terence Smith II, and Michaela Tia Smith; Two great-grandchildren; Jaxon Phillip Frisby and Vanessa Lee Hurd; [insert your name here. You know who you are]; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Memorial services for Ada will be held on Monday, December 20, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church 3146 NW 13th Street Gainesville, FL., with Rev. Rick Butler officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Please visit her memorial page at www.williamsthomasfuneralhome.com