Ada was born in Malta, Idaho on May 11, 1933 to William and Elaine Frost and raised in a log cabin with her brothers and sisters in Grouse Creek Utah. She was the 6th of eight children. Her Siblings are Wilda, Max, Reed, Darlene, Stanley, Myrtle and Kent.
She moved to Tremonton with her family when she was 11. She would later live in Boise Idaho, Baker Oregon, Ogden, Utah and Salt Lake City, Utah.
When she was 20 she married Arthur G. Maness, a man 10 years her senior. Together they had 6 children. Timothy, Michael, Donald, Mary, David and Laurie Elaine who passed away shortly after birth. They later divorced.
Ada worked a variety of jobs over the years. She worked for the police department in Baker Oregon. She was also a taxi driver. She loved children and spent several years working in a daycare. She managed a 7-11 in Salt Lake City across the street from East High School when she was in her 50’s and was adored by all the students who went there for lunch. She was very recognizable in her baseball cap and tennis shoes.
She got sick towards the last few years but was doing much better in a local nursing home where her medications were regular and the meals a little healthier than the 12 pack of Mt. Dew she was drinking a day with sugar cookies and salmon sandwiches. She was the liveliest grandma there and would give the nurses a run for their money. Ada loved to make dolls. She made several sets of Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls while living in the care facility. She was a riot in her Disney clothes, mostly overalls and tee shirts and tennis shoes, running up a down the halls with her walker. The other residents were in awe of her energy.
On January 2, 2003 she and broke her hip. She had hip surgery and was on her way to recovery. Within a couple of weeks she was back in the hospital with pneumonia. Then later she ended up having to get a stomach tube because she had a problem with her esophagus. While in the hospital she got a type of bacteria in her lungs called MRSA. She was released from the hospital on February 7, 2003. Ada passed away on February 8, 2003 in Salt Lake City Utah. Her ashes were placed with her little girl, Laurie Elaine, in the Baker City Cemetery infant’s section where she could look after all the babies, which is what she loved to do in life.