Frances "Dade" Adler passed away on July 5, 2016, due to age. Dade was born on Sept. 18, 1921, in Beckley, W.Va., to Ben and Ida "Mimi" Lewis.
She and her brother, Mel, spent their childhood exploring the beautiful green, rolling hills of West Virginia.
Dade went on to attend what is now known as Arcadia University, being one of the few women of her generation to earn a bachelor's degree. She studied French and Spanish. She enlisted in the Waves at the start of World War II, working in communications and stationed in Miami, Fla. She spent her afternoons after work on the beach with her friends.
It was in Miami that she met the love of her life, Phil Adler, a flying tiger and war hero of World War II. After Phil's plane was shot down in China, he was nursed back to health in a Miami hospital and earned a Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross.
After their marriage in 1945, Dade and Phil relocated to Lebanon, where their daughters Judy and Barbara were born and raised. They owned and operated a chain of department stores that sold women's clothing.
Once their daughters graduated high school, they spent most of their time in The Hamlet in Delray Beach, Fla., which became Dade's home for 40 years, and was where she felt the happiest and worked on her fabulous gift of golf skills. They were married until Phil's sudden, sad death in 1981.
In her later years, Dade became a beloved grandmother to three grandchildren. She provided her family with endless educational and travel opportunities. They enjoyed annual gatherings in Park City, Utah, and tours of Alaska, Europe, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.
Dade was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, her husband, and many beloved friends.
She is survived by her dear daughters, Judy Adler Feltman of Park City, Utah, and Barbara Adler (Larry) Sparks of Sheridan; her grandson, Phil (Jesamyn) Sparks of Indianapolis; her granddaughter, Riley (Jase) Clinkenbeard and their children, Cavett, Leo and Mac of Westfield; and her granddaughter, Miley Feltman of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dade will be laid to rest next to her husband, Phil, in Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon. In lieu of flowers, please donate to any veterans' charity or fund.
Online condolences may be made at www.myersmortuary.com.
Published on July 18, 2016