Melba N. (Dene) Adams

August 30, 1922January 12, 2011

Melba Nadine (Dene) Adams, of Midland, passed away Wednesday, January 12, 2011. Dene was born August 30, 1922. She was raised and educated in Scranton, Texas. She married W.D. (Slats) Adams on July 26, 1941 in Cisco, Texas. They have resided in Midland since the early 1940’s and have been members of Bellview Baptist Church since 1951. Dene loved to laugh and has loved basketball since her high school days when she was a forward for her high school team. She worked in retail sales until she retired at age 83. Dene felt her real ministry was achieved when she was able to provide comfort through food to friends, co-workers, and family. Most of all, Dene cherished her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were the lights of her life. She is preceded in death by her parents, Noel and Ollie Thompson; brothers, Lee Thompson, Alton Thompson, Lawrence Thompson, and Doyle Thompson; sister, Carolyn Thompson. She is survived by her husband, W. D. (Slats) Adams; daughters, Jo Ann Ray of Weatherford, TX; Beverly Martin and husband Jerry of Austin, TX; son, Ronnie Adams and wife Terry of Midland; grandchildren, Kristi Hopkins; Brian Ray and wife Julie; Jeff Martin and wife Rachel; Lee Anne McLeod and husband Todd; Ronnie Adams Jr. and wife Jessica; Sarah Gignac and husband Jason; great-grandchildren, Haley; Kolen, Jordan and Reagan; Isabel and Zara; Ian and Meredith; Preslee; Jaron and Jalynn; brother, Bill Thompson and wife Jackie; sisters-in-law, Lora Thompson and Mona Thompson. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews, and longtime friend and caregiver, Linda Cote. Our family would like to thank the staff of Senior Care Center for the love and compassion shown to our mother and the care they continue to provide to our dad.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 15, 2011

Melba N. (Dene) Adams

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Lisa Morgan

January 19, 2011

Ronnie, Terry and all the family-
I will also remember Dene for her love, kindness, and friendship. She was my mother’s best friend (Grace Creech). Mom and Dene had that special bond of true support and friendship. Heaven has a special place for Dene, she had the ability to love others just the way they were. Love to all of you.

Judy Beasley

January 16, 2011

Dene was a dear friend to us for many years.When I was young she was one of my Sunday School Teachers at Bellview Baptist.We pray that God will give you comfort and peace at this time. We Love You All.
Ken and Judy Knight Beasley
Alamogordo, New Mexico

Dave and Becky Edwards

January 15, 2011

Beverly, Jerry, and all the family -
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We pray for a peace that can only come from God at a time like this. May He bless you richly.

January 15, 2011

We will miss her so much.

Brenda Massey Smith

January 14, 2011

Dene was always special to me and my sisters. She was fun, funny and friendly and I always loved seeing her. We are so sorry for her passing, but so joyful that she is with Jesus!

January 14, 2011

Kristi & Haley:
My thoughts are with you in this difficult time. Your grandmother must have been so proud of you both and her "light" will continue to shine on through you . May God & your friends continue to comfort you.........
Meg Walter

G & J Bomar

January 14, 2011

Dene was forever cordial, gracious, and hospitable to us. We remember well the time we spent in her home one winter day, enjoying a Sunday dinner that she cooked. Her devotion to her family and church will always be remembered and treasured. Both she and her husband were forever attentive and caring about us, and our children. We miss her, and our prayers continue for Slats and her children.