Frances Ella Adams


Frances Ella Adams
1924 – 2010

BOWDOIN — Frances Ella Adams, 85, of the Augusta Road, died Saturday, March 6, at the Adams homestead, where she was born Nov. 30, 1924, to parents Herbert K. Adams and Lydia M. (Marshall) Adams and lived all her life.

She attended grade school at the Adams School and graduated from Brunswick High School in 1942. Although she wanted to work with dairy cattle more than anything else, on the advice of her grandmother, she attended business school in Portland. She then worked in Bath as a legal secretary for Mr. Bridgham for 15 years.

In 1959, when her father retired, she took over Adams Homestead, the family dairy farm. She was the sixth generation to farm the property. She ran the farm with the help of her brother, Donald, selling milk to Old Tavern Farms. Her favorite tractor was the 1946 Allis Chalmers, the “little orange tractor” and she drove her ’67 International pickup for many years. She loved animals, particularly dogs and cows. She enjoyed raising calves, attending their births, even if it meant getting up hourly all night and she named every one.

She enjoyed farming and being outdoors. After she retired from dairying in 1986, she kept one or two milkers and raised a few beef cattle, which she kept as pets. She walked her dogs daily and snowshoed in the winter. She enjoyed horseback riding. She also tended a large vegetable garden.

She was a member of the Sagadahoc Grange for more than 50 years, and she served as secretary for many years.

She is survived by two brothers, Frank M. Adams of Buckfield and Donald C. Adams and his companion, Pat L’Heureux, of Harpswell; nieces and nephews, Nancy Adams Downs of Lisbon, Jayne R. Adams of Buckfield, Sally A. Melcher of Fairfield, Kurt A. Melcher and his wife, Carolyn, of Bowdoin, Rachel L. Tremblay and her husband, Michael, of Moscow, Susan E. Melcher and her companion, Tom Swan, of Manchester and Samuel E. Melcher and his wife, Lisa, of Bowdoinham; seven great-nieces and nephews; and several cousins.

 She was predeceased by a sister, Alice A. Melcher; and a sister-in-law, Helen A. Adams.