Adania Elizabeth Onstot

September 14, 1937June 3, 2018
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Adania Elizabeth Moore Onstot, of Denison, Texas passed away Sunday June 3, 2018. She was born Tuesday, September 14, 1937 in Parsons, Kansas to Rufus Smallwood Moore (Jack) & Ella Mariah Maynard Moore.

Left this Life and was welcomed into God's glorious presence. Never to be burdened by illness, sorrow, pain, or loneliness. She loved the Lord, and what a beautiful dawning of a new life to be with her Lord.

She is now in the presence of her son, Stephen, her Husband, Bob, and her family and friends.

Adania attended and graduated from Muskogee Beauty College in Muskogee, Oklahoma receiving a Diploma on March, 7, 1955 and worked with her Mother at Ella's Beauty Shop for several years. In 1957, Adania moved to Denison, Texas with her parents when her father was transferred there with MK&T Railroad. Adania met Bobbie Don Onstot and was married on October 5, 1957 in Durant, Oklahoma. On November 18, 1958 they had a son, Stephen Wayne Onstot in Lawton, Oklahoma when Bobbie was in the United States Army. When he left the Army they moved to Richardson, Texas for Bobbie's new job at Collins Radio. On January 8, 1964 they had another son, Jeffrey Craig Onstot(t). In 1969 they moved from Richardson to Van Alstyne, Texas and completely furnished a two story home with only antiques that Adania and Bob had spent years collecting from their trips around America. Adania and Bob had visited every state in the contiguous United States with their children, and took a lot of pleasure in antique hunting. Adania was an animal lover. She had many dogs throughout the years, and she loved canaries. She even raised Yorkshire Terriers for several years.

Adania attended First Baptist Church in Van Alstyne, Texas. She was a Room Mother in both of her son's classes throughout their times in school. She gave her time for both of her son's school functions, and was very quick to make crafts and party supplies when needed, and worked the Fall Festival booths for both of her sons every year. She also was very quick to make food for anything that was needed.

Adania was employed at Wilson N. Jones Hospital in several different departments for 22 years. She also invented the Wilson N. Jones slogan, "Healing Hands, Caring Hearts".

Adania was survived by her son, Jeffrey C. Onstott and his wife Kelly of Howe, Texas; four grandchildren, Stephen J. Onstott and Erica Trillian Smith of Lawton, Oklahoma, Mara Onstott, Adonica Onstott-Thomas, and husband Brandon, and Amanda Onstot of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; two great-grandchildren, Ezekiel Thomas, Amara Thomas of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; brother- in-law John and wife and Barbara Onstot, of Garland, Texas; a close friend, Carol Fox of Denison, Texas; and a lot of friends who loved her.

She is preceded in death by Bobbie Onstot; Stephen W. Onstot; Ella Moore Kellogg; and R.S. "Jack" Moore.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Adania at Bratcher Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, June 8 at 2:00 pm.


  • Rufus Smallwood Moore (Jack), Father
  • Ella Mariah Maynard Moore, Mother
  • Stephen Wayne Onstot, Son
  • Bobbie Don Onstot, Husband
  • Jeffrey Craig Onstot(t) & wife Kelly, Son
  • Stephen J. Onstott & Erica Trillian Smith, Grandchild
  • Mara Onstott, Grandchild
  • Adonica Onstott- Thomas & husband Brandon, Grandchild
  • Amanda Onstot, Grandchild
  • Ezekiel Thomas, Great Grandchild
  • Amara Thomas, Great Grandchild
  • John & wife Barbara Onstot, Brother-in-law
  • Carol Fox, Close Friend


  • Celebration of Life Friday, June 8, 2018

Adania Elizabeth Onstot

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Adania Elizabeth Onstot was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed her to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, she possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. She had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and she was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Adania always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Adania was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

       Her parents were Rufus Smallwood "Jack" Moore & Ella Mariah Maynard Moore. Adania was raised in Parsons, Kansas. Always able to express herself well, Adania possessed strong interpersonal skills. She was optimistic in her outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in her communication. Armed with a great wit, Adania was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      As a young child, Adania showed her creative ability in many ways. She was outgoing and animated. Adania enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. She helped her mother; times were hard.

      Known to others as a focused, logical, open-minded and somewhat driven individual, Adania was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. Her curious nature was spurred by her ability to maximize her personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. She was good with facts and had an excellent memory. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

      Friends and acquaintances found Adania an easy woman to get to know, and those close to her would often praise her open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. Adania was uncomplicated and straightforward in her relationships, which allowed her to accept people for what they were. Later in life, she became friends with Carol Fox, Pam and Harry Porter, Cindy and Bob Douglas, Vickie Morgan Hood and Tony Phillips.

       Adania was attentive to Bobbie's feelings, and she charmed Bobbie and others with her gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, Adania was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

      Very much like a kid herself, Adania identified with the inquisitive and creative side of her children’s personalities. She was able to direct her energy and spontaneity towards helping her children acquire added common sense skills. Adania was blessed with two children, Stephen and Jeffrey. They were also blessed with four grandchildren, Amanda, Stephen, Mara and Adonica.

      Adania was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around her. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Adania’s strengths included being able to think on her feet. She could be a leader who sought impact for her decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Adania was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. She was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Adania could multi-task, and she was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing her to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in her work environment. She was a nurse's aide, worked switchboard and raised dogs. She was employed for 22 years at Wilson N Jones Hospital in Sherman, Texas.

      Adania enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. She had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that she did. She put this creativity toward all of her pastimes. Her favorite pursuits were antique collecting, doll collecting, along with recipe books. She also bred Yorkshire terriers and loved all manner of animals. She was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Adania was a generous woman who prized that same quality in others. So it’s little wonder that she was so active and giving in her community. Adania was a member of several community groups and was in PTA at every school her sons attended and was den mother in both son's scout dens.

      Adania held close traditional values and as a result, faith was important to her. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Van Alstyne, Texas, where she lived from 1969 to 2011.

      Adania’s natural leadership qualities placed her in consideration for public recognition, earning her accolades for her many and varied efforts throughout her life. Some of her most prestigious awards included winning a reward from Wilson N Jones Hospital for inventing their slogan "Healing Hands Caring Hearts".

      Travel and vacations were experiences that Adania truly enjoyed. She preferred to seek out excitement wherever she went and she was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” She was willing to leave her plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included the Monahans, El Paso, Parsons, Knoxville, Galveston, Livingston and Florida.

      Adania was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Adania’s favorites was Bitzi, a Yorkshire terrier. They were best friends for 7 - 8 years. Her family was rounded out by her parakeets.

      When Adania’s retirement finally came in Early 80's, she was well prepared. She used logical analysis of her retirement options in order to ensure her retirement would be fulfilling. Still, she was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed. Her new life involved relocating to Van Alstyne, Texzas. In retirement, she found new pleasure in gardening, shopping, being with family and friends.

      Adania passed away on June 3, 2018 at Woodland Nursing Home, Denison, Texas. She died of renal failure. She is survived by son Jeffrey Onstott and wife Kelly; grandchildren Stephen Onstott, Mara Onstott, Adonica Onstott-Thomas and husband Brandon, Amanda Onstot, Erica Trillian Smith; great-grandchildren Zeke Thomas, Amara Thomas; brother & sister-in-law John and Barbara Onstot; nephew Mark Onstot and wife Katrina. Services were held at Bratcher Funeral Home Chapel, Denison, Texas. Adania was cremated and her ashes were scattered in some of her favorite places.

      Adania was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, she relied on her senses to increase her involvement and awareness of others. She was always able to provide amusing repartee to her friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Adania had a theme song written about her, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” She enjoyed her life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Adania Elizabeth Onstot.