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 Izora Mabel <I>Lewis</I> Adkins

Izora Mabel Lewis Adkins

Hunt County, Texas, USA
Death 2 Nov 1935 (aged 37)
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Burial Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 104673637 · View Source
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IZORA MABEL LEWIS ADKINS was born May 13, 1898 in Hunt County, Texas, the daughter of Edward Thomas Lewis and Emma Willis (White) Lewis. She first appears in the 1900 Census of Hunt County, Texas (June 13, 1900), in the household of her parents as ‘Izora Mabel.' The 1900 Census gives her age as 2 years and indicates her birth took place in May of 1898. The 1910 Census of Clay County, Texas, gives her age as 12 years and her name as ‘Izora.' The 1930 Census of Maricopa County, Arizona gives her name as ‘Mabel I.M. Adkins,' aged 31 on her last birthday. (Since the 1930 Census was taken on April 9, 1930, she would not have been 32 until the following month). Mabel Adkins' death certificate state her DOB as May 13, 1900; but, due to the consistency of the census records, it is believed that the year of 1900 is in error.

Mabel's mother died in December of 1900 and her father remarried to Mrs. Theodosia Walker. The combined family had relocated by 1910 to Clay County, Texas.

Mabel was a buyer for a clothing store when she met Roscoe Adkins, who was an advertising salesman, doing business with the store. One family story is that the store was owned by the Lewis family. Mabel's family objected to her association with Roscoe Adkins and threatened to disown her if she continued her relationship with him. There is no evidence of any contact with her birth family after she left with Roscoe. Years after her death, members of the Lewis family still believed her to be alive.

Earl R. W. and Mabel I.M. Adkins were listed in the 1930 census of Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, with their son Billy Earl. According to the census, they had been married about 2 years. In January of 1931, they were in Harlingen, Cameron County, Texas, where their daughter, Mabel Christine, was born. Patricia (Patsy/Patty) Lorraine was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, in March of 1933 and Louis Delano ‘Dale' Adkins was born in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, in November of 1934. Roscoe's job as an advertising salesman kept the family moving.

Mabel died of hepatitis on November 2, 1935, in St. Paul's Hospital in Dallas, Texas, leaving her husband and four small children. She was buried the next day in the Dallas City Cemetery, Dallas County, Texas. It is no longer an active burial ground and believed to have been used for indigent and unknown persons between 1932 and 1972.

According to Roscoe's youngest sister, Nora Adkins Anderson, Mabel was a very intelligent, educated woman and a ‘devout Methodist' who loved her four children very much."

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  • Created by: Janie Anderson
  • Added: 5 Feb 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 104673637
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Izora Mabel Lewis Adkins (13 May 1898–2 Nov 1935), Find A Grave Memorial no. 104673637, citing Dallas City Cemetery, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Janie Anderson (contributor 47338836) .