Rita J. Wells

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Funeral service for Rita J. Wells, 91, will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Gray Brown Service Mortuary with the Rev. C. Dale Clem officiating. Entombment will follow at Forestlawn Gardens Mausoleum. The family will receive friends today from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Rita Wells passed away Saturday in Anniston. Survivors include two sisters-in-law, Mary Johnson and Jean Wells; one brother-in-law, Doug Hudson; numerous nieces and nephews, and her dear canine companion, Maggie. Rita is preceded in death by her husband, Hoyt Wells; two sisters, Inez Cole and Bettye Carroll; two brothers, Gene Johnson and Bud Johnson, and her parents, Jefferson Seymour Johnson and Lily Mae Johnson. Pallbearers will be family. Rita Wells was a native of Lincoln, and a resident of Anniston most of her life, living her last few years at Autumn Cove Assisted Living. She graduated Lincoln High School and Anniston Business College, and attended JSU. She entered the Department of the Army Civil Service in 1944, working at Fort McClellan and Anniston Army Depot. She retired in 1979. Mrs. Wells was an avid volunteer, serving on community and civic boards, including the Anniston Soup Kitchen, Special Olympics, Meals on Wheels, Voluntary Action Center, and DHR Energy Assistance Program. She was the Child Abuse Prevention Puppet Program Coordinator and helped coordinate the PAWS program, carrying her own dog to nursing homes and hospitals to visit patients. She was a member of First UMC of Anniston where she served as Coordinator of Children's Ministry at the local and district level, and Coordinator of Free Dental Clinic for indigent children in Anniston City Schools. Mrs. Wells was Vice President and District President of Anniston United Methodist Women. She also served on the Education Commission of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. She taught Kindergarten Sunday School classes at Anniston First UMC for around 25 years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First UMC or . Online Condolences at graybrownservice.com
Published in The Anniston Star on May 30, 2017
Arrangements under the direction of:
Gray Brown-Service Mortuary
1329 Wilmer Ave | Anniston, AL 362014651 | (256) 236-3441
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