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Claire (Vanderwende) Wells


1922 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Claire (Vanderwende) Wells Obituary
Claire Vanderwende Wells, 93 of Crystal River, died Sunday March 6, 2016. She was born in Harrington, Delaware on December 29, 1922. She moved to Avon Park, Florida at 7 years of age and attended Avon Park Schools. She met and married her husband Henry Floyd Wells of Wauchula in 1940. They celebrated 75 years of marriage last September. She was a secretary for the Pinellas County School System and later for St. Petersburg Junior College.
After moving to Crystal River, she worked as a bookkeeper and volunteered with the Key Training Center Thrift Store and the Sheriff's Youth Ranch Thrift Store. She and her husband owned the Sportsman Camp on Lake Rousseau.
She is survived by her husband Floyd Wells, her children; Mike Wells of St. Petersburg, Sherry Smith of Crystal River and Kim Wells of Colorado, 4 grandchildren; Joshua and Lasha Wells of St. Petersburg, Darcy Smith Hall (Joseph) of Ocala and Stacy Smith Olivier (Andre) of Portland, OR, 2 great grandchildren Lyla and Cohen Olivier. Strickland Funeral Home with Crematory of Crystal River assisted the family with private arrangements.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Mar. 11, 2016
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