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1923 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
ELIZABETH D. "BETSY" WELLES passed away on January 22, 2016, in Santa Cruz, California. She had resided in Riverside, California, for 63 years and moved to Santa Cruz in 2010 to be closer to her sons and their families. Betsy was born on August 24, 1923 in Louisville, KY, to Hazel and Marshall Dale. She spent her childhood in Indianapolis, attended high school at Sullins Academy in Bristol, VA, and received her Bachelor's degree from Connecticut College in New London, CT. It was in New London that Betsy met a young Naval officer, James M. Welles, who was from Riverside, CA. They were married at Betsy's family home in Fort Wayne in 1945. Following Jim's discharge from the Navy and completion of his Bachelor's degree at UC Berkeley, they moved to Riverside. Betsy spent 20 fulfilling years working in child welfare services for the County of Riverside. She was active in the Junior League and the Victoria Club, and was an avid reader and bridge player. She and Jim also enjoyed the many years they spent boating and cruising. Betsy was predeceased by her beloved husband Jim. She is survived by two sons, David and Michael; daughters-in-law Andrea and Courtney; her grandchildren Connor (and Megan) Welles, Nicholas Welles, Suzanne (and Spencer) Joseph, Madeline Welles, and great-granddaughter Hayden Joseph. Family services will be held at sea. If you'd like to remember her with a contribution, the family suggests the Cancer Research Institute, www.cancerresearch.org or the Cure Alzheimer's Fund, www.curealz.org

Published in Press-Enterprise on Jan. 31, 2016
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