Chris Wells

WASHINGTON - Chris Wells, 63, of Washington, formerly of Germantown Hills, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at her home after a long, hard-fought battle with breast cancer. She passed with her family at her side.

She was born on June 21, 1949, in Peoria to Bruce and Ruth (Murphy) Anderson. Chris married Lee Wells Jr. on June 21, 1969, at St. Vincent De Paul in Peoria.

She was preceded in death by her parents and several aunts and uncles.

Chris is survived by her husband; her daughter, Jennifer (Keith) Miller of Washington; and her son, Scott (Michelle) Wells of Germantown Hills. She has one brother, Scott (Tracy) Anderson of Peoria; and one sister, Sherry (Mike) Klute of Peoria Heights. She has five grandchildren who were the light of her life, Joseph, Austin, Brenden, Zachary and Vivian. Chris also has two nieces, Rachel and Kailey; two nephews, Jason (Ashley) and Ryan; and one great-niece, Makenna.

She graduated from Richwoods High School in 1967.

Chris worked at Peoria Savings, Security Savings and then at Bradley University from Oct. 10, 1988, until she retired on June 21, 2011, starting in the admissions records room and then becoming the transfer coordinator. She was always very proud of her title, and was awarded by the Athletic Department at Bradley for all of her hard work over the years.

Chris enjoyed playing bunco with her friends.

Chris taught Sunday school at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Washington and First English Lutheran Church in Peoria, where she and Lee are members.

Chris wanted to make sure that we let her family know how much she loved them and how thankful she was for their love and support. She also wanted her Bradley family to know how thankful she was to them for sticking by her; and for those who are still fighting, her prayers are with them.

Funeral services for Chris will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Mason-White Funeral Home, with Dr. James Lillie officiating. Burial will follow in Glendale Cemetery in Washington. Visitation will be on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. and also one half hour prior to services on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of her to Susan Komen, or to First English Lutheran Church.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Feb. 21, 2013