I grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas, and the Ada Wilson home at the corner of Ocean Drive and Doddridge has been a landmark for as long as I can remember (though the round tower is a later addition).
The Corpus Christi Caller-Times recently ran a story on Ada Wilson, the woman who lived there. Among her many accomplishments are a hospital and the creation of Mustang Island State Park. She reportedly referred to Mustang Island as “my island,” and apparently that was not entirely a figure of speech. She was a lady of many facets.
In life, Ada Laverne Rogers Wilson craved attention and knew how to get it. She would always seek the center of the stage. Whichever gene contributes to a sense of discretion and modesty and self-deprecation, Ada didn’t have it. She was always improving and adding to her life story, enlarging her role and manufacturing supporting details as needed, but who would challenge her? Whatever she was, she was never ordinary; as she told Mary Alice Davis, “Honey, I’ve been unusual all my life.” If part of her life story was a creation of her own fantasy, then many were enriched by that fantasy and the deeds of a very great heart.
If you have any interest in South Texas or Corpus Christi, you’ll find the whole article worth the read. And even if you have no connection to the area, you might be intrigued by the story of an interesting woman.