Frances Adams

January 10, 1929June 1, 2011

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Frances (DeRita) Adams. Fran died peacefully with her family in a hospice in North Carolina on Wednesday June 1st 2011. She had a variety of illnesses for a long time (including diabetes, heart disease & prior strokes) and it was her choice to enter a hospice near her son’s home (Rick).

Let it be a comfort to you that Fran spent her final five days in a festive setting (alert, happy and without pain), surrounded by friends and family, in a joyous ‘going away party’ atmosphere, with lots of visitors, while friends, family and admirers called in from around the country. Fran also got to enjoy chocolate, cheesecake and many of the rich foods she could not eat in her final years, which brought her much joy. You know how much she loved food and companionship!

Mom was an amazingly loving and generous woman who will be missed by many. A leader in her community for 50+ years, Fran Adams was PTA President, co-founder of Edgewood Community Association, active in local campaigns, a long-time state coordinator for TOPS Club, card club organizer, Purple Hat Club member, you name it. She was the ideal volunteer and leader -- always giving of her time and considerable talents to her community and wide circle of friends. Fran’s birthday and wedding cakes were legendary, as were her large spaghetti dinners and open door for people who needed a place to live while they restarted their lives. Her large dinner table was enjoyed by all.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Archie. She is survived in death by her eldest son, Rick, and his wife Carrie, and their daughters Meghan and Colleen, along with her youngest son, Greg and his wife Marie, and their children Tommy and Emily. She leaves many grieving cousins, nieces and nephews. Her devoted sister, Terry Scheinblum, was fortunately with Mom in her final days and will join the rest of Fran’s large family and set of friends for a celebration of Fran’s life on Tuesday June 7th at 7pm at Forest Lawn Funeral, Home South, in Davie (at the Pyramid). [2401 SW 64th Ave, Davie FL 33317 (954) 792-9360]

Viewing begins at 5pm. Memorial service at 7 on Tues the 7th.

Her funeral and entombment at Forest Lawn will follow on Wed June 8th at 11am.

Funny, generous, loving and devoted, “the Purple lady” will be missed by all. We welcome your participation and attendance, as we salute ‘a life well-lived’ on Tuesday at 7pm.

If you would like to speak or add comments on Tuesday, or post online photos of Fran, please do so. Memorial contributions can be made in her honor to the ARC of Buncombe Co in Asheville P.O. Box 1365, Asheville, NC 28802 (828) 253-1255. ARC builds hope and provides services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and both Meghan and Mom loved ARC.

Or if you choose, purple flowers would be a welcome tribute to Fran at her service.


  • Visitation Tuesday, June 7, 2011
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 8, 2011

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Pam & Jim Wintle

June 9, 2011

Jim and I were so very blessed we got to see Aunt Fran before she left us to be with our Lord. It was a sad time but also a wonderful blessing to see Rick and Greg,Carrie and Aunties beautiful granddaughters. Are prayers are with you all, please stay in contact.

With all our love
Jim & Pam

Kathy Johnson

June 8, 2011

Fran was a wonderful friend .I met her
in the the TOPS chatroom and will miss
her alot. My prayers are with her family.

Angel Coffey

June 5, 2011

My deepest condolences to the Adams family. Although I didn't know her well or for very long but you could tell that she was a woman after the Lord's heart. May God bring you comfort during this time of sorrow...Angel (BBC Connect group)

Barbara Reese

June 5, 2011

Fran was a very secial lady and I am so blessed to have known this sweet lady. I had the opportunity of meeting Fran through TOPS and spent special times with Fran and our Picnic Friends at Camp Hartley. I am honored and blessed to have known Fran. I will miss you Fran! Love Barbara from Texas


June 5, 2011

Our deepest comdolences to "The Adams Family". Frances and the family are certainly in God's thoughts. He eager to heal the pain of losing a loved one.Psalms 147:3-" Our loving God is healing the broken hearted ones, and binding up their painful spots."