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Carla May Wilks Adams is the mother of Anastasia Steele.

She married her first husband, Franklin Lambert, while she was pregnant with Anastasia. When she gave birth to Anastasia, according to Carla, he only held Anastasia once and, after she was born, he was killed during combat training.

Next she married her second husband, Ray Steele. He was in the same unit as Franklin. They had been married for 16 years when the divorce was settled.

Next, she married her third husband, Stephen Morton. Their marriage did not last for long because, according to Anastasia, she was uncomfortable with Stephen. So she moved in with her father Ray. They divorce after 5 months of marriage.

Finally, she married Bob Adams, her fourth husband. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Savannah, Georgia .