Caring, strong willed, and quiet are just a few ways to describe such a great lady like Becky S. Wells. She had a great sense of humor, a loving heart and was there to listen to you. Her family was her main love, including the love she had for her husband of 43 years, her two children, five grandchildren, three brothers, three sisters and all her nieces and nephews.
Many memorable events took place in 1953 with the end of the Korean War and Queen Elizabeth II being crowned queen of England at the top of the world list. The first Polio vaccine was developed, the first James Bond novel was published, Peter Pan premieres, the New York Yankees won their fifth World Series in a row, the first Corvette car went on sale, transistor radios started to appear for sale and the first color television sets were sold on average of over $1,000 a set. For Thomas and Mildred (Waters) Smith, at the top of their list was the announcement of the birth of their fourth child, Becky Sue Smith on March 28, 1953 as she was born at Lucky Hospital in Wolf Lake, Indiana.
Becky was raised in Wolf Lake along with her older siblings, Cindy, Tommy and Vicki and younger siblings, Tim, Gary and Annie. She was an adventurous girl who enjoyed playing with her siblings, being outdoors and riding ponies. She played the cornet in the school band. She attended Wolf Lake High School until it was closed down and graduated from Central Noble High School in 1971. The following year her life would be changed as she met the man of her dreams.
While picking up an order at Pizza King, Carl Wells saw Becky and asked her out on a date. He was home on a two week vacation from his job in Florida and after that date he was not returning to Florida. The two would be married on August 31, 1974 in Columbia City. They would have two children together, Eryn and Jason.
For over 27 years, Becky drove a school bus for Whitley County Consolidated Schools. She started out as a substitute driver which brought her the opportunity to become full time. Loving all children, she enjoyed her time driving them to and from school. Along with working full time, she was still a full time wife and mother. She also was a member of the VFW in Wolf Lake. Becky was a gifted cook and her family will miss the great meals she made, especially her fried chicken, macaroni pie and mayonnaise cake.
Her greatest gift of being a mother was becoming a grandmother to three wonderful granddaughters, Ashlyn, Addalie and Mekyah, grandson Colten and was looking forward to the birth of another grandson, Liam. She cherished the memories of going to the casinos, being on the lake, the beaches in Myrtle Beach and the Bahamas, going fishing, camping, mushroom hunting and riding with her husband on motorcycles. Becky loved the outdoors. She enjoyed gardening flowers, vegetables and canning. She was a fan of Elvis Presley and visiting Graceland brought her many smiles and memories that would last a life time.
In October of 2017, Becky became ill and her health was never the same. On the morning of Friday, May 11, 2018, her family's lives changed forever. Becky Sue Wells, 65 years old, passed away at 4:09 a.m. at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
She is survived by her husband, Carl Wells; daughter, Eryn (Sean Ambrose) Wells, of Columbia City; son, Jason (Cari) Wells, of Columbia City; siblings, Cindy (Dave) McClure, of Wolf Lake, Vicki (Rick) Lawson, of Big Lake, Tim (Jackie) Smith, of Columbia City, Gary (Lisa) Smith, of Albion and Annie (Dewey) Sheets, of Etna; sister-in-law, Vickie Smith, of Albion; and grandchildren, Ashlyn (Brett Radabaugh), Addalie, Mekyah and Liam. She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Colten Wells; and brother, Tommy "Butch" Smith.
Visitation is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with Funeral Celebrant Sharon Brockhaus officiating. Burial will follow at Wolfe Lake Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be given in her memory to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send her family condolences online.
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I am sorry for your loss. I remember her from the Bait Store. Lisa "Keister" Gaff.
I wanted to say I'm so very sorry for your loss! Becky was such a wonderful person she was my bus driver from kindergarten on through high school and then my daughters bus driver last year. My daughter was so saddened to hear of her passing and we send our deepest sympathy and condolences! May god be with you in this hard time, our thoughts and prayers are with you all! She was truly an amazing person!
Brandi Baughman & Akasha Patrick
My deepest sympathy for your family's loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
My sincere condolences and prayers for your loss. Donna Chaney Tracy
Since we first got to know you and Becky when your children were just babies, you have been like family. Becky was one in a million, and we are very sorry. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Roger and Jean Long
Hugs and prayers to the
Smith and Wells family,so sorry for your loss
My sincere condolences in Becky's passing. I haven't seen her for years but fondly remember her loving spirit. May God grant you strength, comfort and peace.
Luana (Owen) Walker
I GOT TO KNOW BECKY BY DRIVING BUS FOR WCCS.
SHE WAS A WARM AND FRIENDLY LADY.
MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of Becky's family. I have so many great childhood memories of her at Wolf Lake. She always had a smile and was so much fun to be with. My prayers go out to all of her family and friends. Donna (Schoeff) Hawk
Dear loved ones of Becky,
Our hearts are saddened to hear of Becky's passing. She was a special lady. Please be comforted by warm memories of days gone by. We now live in Texas and are sending prayers of comfort for all. Love, Jack and Mary Hostetler
Carl and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you.......May she rest in peace.....Take care Carl....
My condolences to the Wells
Our condolences to Carl and the family. May God bring you peace and comfort in healing from your loss. Sending prayers your way.
Scott and Linda Parker
Carl and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Becky's passing. May the many memories you all share get you through this difficult time. Hugs and prayers being sent your way.
Carl and Family,
Don and I are so very sorry. Becky was a beautiful person who always made time for others. She was kind and witty, and she could bring a smile to the face of anyone and who had the privilege of knowing her. I will always remember the wonderful fried chicken she made me for my fiftieth birthday - that will forever be my favorite birthday dinner.
Please know you are in our hearts and prayers. We miss her, too.
Jill Long Thompson
So sorry to hear of Becky's passing. May God wrap his arms around you and give you comfort and peace.
Linda Dafforn Conrad
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Carl and family...so sorry for your loss...always enjoyed running into Becky at the fueling station or running her to Ft. Wayne to pick up her bus...
David and Donna Hearld
So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ryan, Stacy Barnett & family
Sorry to hear of Becky's passing. We will be keeping you in our prayers.
Brent & Mary Schrader
My condolences to you and your family. May God comfort you all during these hard times. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Christina Jones & Family
Thoughts and prayers to your family.
I will always remember Becky as a sweet soul. Not only was she kind to me in my childhood, but kind to my children when they rode her bus. She always said hello to us in public or in passing. I'm deeply saddened for all of you, and will be praying for peace and comfort for your family.
My sincere condolences to you Carl and the rest of the family. Becky was a joy to be around, always smiling and always caring about others. We are all blessed to have known her in this life.
I'm sure my sister, Patty, is waiting to greet her with open arms.
Respectfully, Joyce Line
May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will walk beside you in your journey of grief.
Randy Grimes, Brett Gerber and the Staff of DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home
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