The Essence of Ada’s Life
Ada L. Robinson was born February 11, 1930, to the late Camilla Harris and David Robinson in Mansfield, Louisiana. She was the eighth of eight children. She accepted the Lord at a very early age and was baptized at True Vine Church in Mansfield, Louisiana. In 1945 under the pastorate of Rev. H.C. Charity, Ada united with Union Baptist Church and remained a faithful member for over 68 years under Rev. Milton Marshall, Sr.
Ada attended grade school in the Desoto Parish School System in Mansfield, Louisiana. On September 21, 1943 at age 13, Ada moved to Los Angeles, California. She attended 111th Street Elementary School and received her high school diploma from Los Angeles David Starr Jordan High School. In 1960 while taking sewing classes at Los Angeles Nickerson Gardens and Will Rogers Park, her passion and talent for Fashion Design was revealed. Her sewing instructor, Mrs. Rose Nelson, said “Mrs. Douglas I have taught you as much as I can in my class” and she encouraged Ada to attend Los Angeles Trade Technical College. In June, 1963, Ada received her Associate of Arts degree in Fashion Design from Los Angeles Trade Technical College.
In 1945, Ada met Wilson Douglas. They married on December 25, 1946, by Rev. H.C. Charity and to this union they had one daughter, Sharon Diane.
With a degree in Fashion Design, Ada started her career as a pattern maker and cutter at Monterey Modes of California in Los Angeles, a high end clothing manufacturer. She was later promoted to Fashion Designer until she got the fashion entrepreneurial “bug” and started “Miss Ada” clothing line. This allowed her to pursue her passion in original fashion design, having customers throughout the United States.
Life with Ada was simply rewarding. To her, family and friends were a gift from God and she enjoyed their presence. She carried herself with dignity, honor, integrity and most of all, respect. Ada loved her family and friends and expressed it uncon-
ditionally. She was a devoted caregiver to her sister Ruby Robinson Shelby, nephew, Milton “Pete” Robinson and niece Clara Washington Smith. Ada also expressed this love through her wonderful soul food dishes. Through her many party events, family and friends would come to experience her peach cobbler, homemade vanilla ice cream, coconut-pineapple, 7-Up and German Chocolate cakes. Other favorites were her specialty seasoned smoked turkey, putting in her dose of love, while smoking the turkey for over 18 hours. In 1984, Ada headed her first Douglas family reunion in Keatchie, Louisiana, bringing together Adams, Butler, Douglas and Thomas decedents from all over the United States. She had prepared all the food in Los Angeles, bringing to Keatchie, where relatives would feast and get to know one another. In 2004, Ada achieved another milestone, hosting and preparing all food for the first ever Los Angeles Adams, Butler, Douglas and Thomas family reunion lasting four days. Over the Labor Day weekend 2012, Ada held a “4 Day Bash” to show her appreciation and love to family and friends. This is how Ada expressed her love.
One of the highlights of Ada’s life was traveling to Washington D.C. to attend President Barack Obama’s 2009 Presidential Inauguration.
Ada had planned a surprise birthday party for her daughter, Sharon Diane and her granddaughter, Danielle Nicole and the invitations had been mailed for the Saturday, July 27th event, however the Lord intervened.
On Monday, July 8, while a patient in Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance and after going through a seventeen hour vascular surgery, God sent his Angels of Mercy to enfold Ada in their wings and bear her up as they whispered the promise of the Master; “well done thy good and faithful servant; thou has been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things, enter into the joy of the Lord.” She is preceded in death by her husband Wilson Douglas; her mother Camilla Robinson, her father David Robinson, sisters; Retha Parrott, Wessie Parrott, Lula Parrott, Hester Robinson and brothers; Bonnie Parrott, Emmitt Robinson (Lucille) and Louis Bell Robinson (Maurice).
Ada will always be in our heart. She leaves to cherish her memories a devoted daughter, Sharon Diane (Van); a granddaughter, Danielle Nicole who lovingly called her “Nana”; godsons, William Raymond (B.J.), DeShawn (Yvette), Lamont, Marcus, Marcus Rowe (Entrice), a goddaughter, Simone and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives, extended family and friends.
July 20, 2013 • 11:00am
Reverend Adell McDaniel