Charles Adolph “Ade” Abbott was born in Ohio on January 22, 1908, the son of Bertha and Robert L. Abbott, a photographer and poultryman. The family moved to Tucson in 1920 and lived in the San Xavier neighborhood. Ade was a member of the first graduating class of then-new Tucson High School in 1925, and worked as a bookkeeper for the Cotton Oil Company in 1930. By 1936 he had taken a position as buyer and advertising manager for the Martin Drug Company, and wrote a regular column about bowling for the Tucson Daily Citizen from 1941 to 1942. He was active in the Tucson Advertising Club, the Mountain View Men’s Club, the Tucson Bowling Association and the Jaycees. He helped organized the Tucson Trade Bureau in 1954 and served as its Executive Director from 1955 to his retirement in 1973.

Ade and Joy began collecting minerals at least as early as the 1950s. They retired to Sahuarita, Arizona; Ade passed away there on Feb. 8, 1990. Joy Bridgewater Abbott (born November 9, 1913) died in Sahuarita on May 29, 2000.