Frances Ashby   ‘Polly’ Adams

Frances Adams, known as Polly, 96, of Austin, and formerly of Wharton, passed away Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 of Parkinson’s disease. She was born in Parkin, Arkansas on 

May 30, 1923 to Thestle and Eugenia Ashby Yewell. The family settled in Mission where Polly was raised and graduated high school. 

On Sept. 9, 1942, Polly married Robert Leon Adams in Conroe. While Robert served in the U.S. Army during World War II, Polly went to work in various military bases as a telephone operator. They moved around a lot while Bob was getting established in the oil business before settling in Wichita Falls. They had a lovely farm 14 miles out in the country with horses and a few cattle. During this time, Polly was the “Chief Operating Officer” of Admyr, Inc., her husband’s oil logging company.

Polly’s main interests were playing cards and dominos, dancing, (especially with her brother Jack), gardening, riding her horse, parties and especially, traveling. She and Jack loved spending time together and having fun! Her travels took her to far away places like China, Egypt, Ireland, Jerusalem, England and all over Europe. Polly especially enjoyed traveling with Barbara Kurtz.

Polly was known as a very fun-loving and generous person and will be missed by her family and friends. 

She is survived by her niece Susan Yewell Fernandez and husband Carlos of Austin; niece Barbara Kurtz and husband Roy of Wharton; nephew Tommy Tipton of Kemah; nephew Mickey Yewell and wife Vangie from South Padre Island; and great nieces and nephews: Stephen Fernandez, Christina Carmona, Michael Yewell, Chris Erin Yewell, Erik Adams and Jeff Adams.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, March 5 at 1 p.m. at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Services are under the direction of Wharton Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at

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