Ms. Therese Cecile Wells
22 December, 1924 – 27 April, 2021
WELLS, Therese Cecile (nee Leduc): It is with great sadness that we announce Terry’s passing at the age of 96. She is lovingly remembered by her sons Wes (Sue), and Bob (Margherita); grandchildren Nathan (Meghan), Aaron (Jaimie), Brianna, Amanda, Melissa; her great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews; and beloved friends at Brentwood Presbyterian Church. Terry is predeceased by her husband Clarence; and seven siblings. Graveside Service to occur at 2:00 pm on Thursday May 6, 2021 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (3789 Royal Oak Ave. Burnaby, BC) with pandemic restrictions in place (family to notify those to be invited). In lieu of flowers, donations in Terry’s name may be made to a charity of your choice. An electronic message of condolence may be left for the family to see at www.forestlawn-burnaby.com.
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Ms. Therese Cecile Wells
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11 May 2021
6 May 2021
We first met Terry around 7 years ago when we moved back to Burnaby and started Brentwood Presbyterian. She was always a delight to be around. Such a positive person.
She loved her garden and just the other day said she wanted to plant some carrots this year. Last summer she ventured to vegetables she hadn’t had before. It was quite a crop.
We will remember Terry fondly and miss her.
Pat and Al
5 May 2021
What a journey! Living in Burnaby for the last 70 years and 51 years in our new house with a view from Mount Baker to the winter sunsets, you had a great and long life. Although life was not a bowl of cherries during the depression but once you met your angel, the fairy book ending started. You are now with your beloved angel husband of 64 years and both of you will continue to look down at your sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren and great grandchildren from heaven.
We love you and miss you!
5 May 2021
One story that you told me was that when you two decided to move to Vancouver and your CP Rail pass allowed you free transportation along with your husband; This was right after your marriage. Unfortunately, when the conductor came to collect tickets, he denied dad his free fare as your ID (Leduc) did not match his (Wells). The feisty French came out from you and the conductor allowed dad to continue your journey.
1260 was one of your favourite numbers as your first accommodation with dad was on Thurlow St. with this number. Wes was born a year later and you moved to Burnaby a few years later. Although dad never smoked, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and had one lung removed in 1951. Dad occasionally reminded us that King George VI also had his lung removed in 1951.
As you know mom, Dad was a worker. He would leave before we went to school and back at 7 pm to have dinner. Whilst working for Cunningham Drugs as a dispatcher, he would wash the fleet of Volkswagens each Sunday, occasionally taking his children to wash the cars as well. I believe Wes and I earned 25cents per car however we would drive the cars back to their parking spots. That was my thrill. Dad would be up at 6 am cooking breakfast each day; his meal consisted of porridge, egg, bacon (½ slice only), jam on toast, orange juice and coffee for the adults. Milk for the children. This is what kept you strong and healthy; you made a similar healthy breakfast but without the bacon.
Dad also liked planting vegetables and you took on this challenge after dad passed. The garden was full of carrots, peas, beans and other vegetables along with this weed called Rhubarb. One could not kill it. Every year it would blossom up for your strawberry and Rhubarb pies and cakes. Your carrot cake was very popular after the Sunday service downstairs for lunch.
5 May 2021
Your journey through life was a story with a fairy book romance. Born in the roaring 20’s in Edmonton only to be a very young girl in the depression 30’s. Your father sent you to his sister’s in Montreal at age 10 only to find out that the family had chicken pox and moved you to another relative. From there, another move to the catholic church where the nun’s looked after you in a very strict fashion. It was hard on you and your memory does not recall much other than that Quebec school system moved you two grades below the level of the Edmonton school district. It was tough for many Canadians in this depression era and is was difficult for you not having your parents with you, but you persevered. I note that I never heard from you that you were mad at your father. You thought that he made the right decision.
Coming back to Edmonton in your late teens, you completed your education and jumped back the several grades that you lost whilst in Montreal. After schooling, your dad, who worked for CPR, got you a job as an assistant agent floating from station to station in small towns from Alberta to Saskatchewan. You also trained on your own time to become a telegraph operator which you secured. Although this was a very difficult skill to master, I was amazed at the salary that CP paid for their telegraph operators. They paid well.
If memory serves me, you met a very handsome man at the CP station in Ravenscrag, Sask. However, he was too shy to say hello. This young man lived on a farm near the town of East End, which was 13 miles away. He however, dropped in on several occasions. Finally, you introduced yourself and history was in the making. This young man was named Clarence. It is a little fuzzy how long your romance lasted before marriage in 1948, but we do know it was short. Love at first site. You met the man of your dreams!
TO BE CONTINUED
Mary and Rick Reynolds
5 May 2021
We will miss Terry! Her young at heart attitude, her readiness to share a laugh, and the strength of her faith will be long remembered. This year we will plant some carrot seeds in her honor though we don't expect the results to be anything like hers!
We send condolences to all the family.
Rick and Mary Reynolds
5 May 2021
Bob, Wes and Families,
My heart goes out to you and your families. Your wonderful Mother raised two boys to be gentlemen , who both married women who made your lives and your parents lives better. My favourite memories of Auntie Terry was when after a day at the beach she and Clarence would visit Hazel. The 3 of them sitting at Mom’s kitchen table (Usually Blake would still be on the golf course) talking and laughing. I remember Hazel describing she and Clarence were walking to school when a classmate came by on his horse. One or both of them called him (Rudy?) to come off his horse and join them to look at the gopher. The classmate dismounted his horse and came over to search for the gopher while the 2 of them jumped on his horse and rode off to school while the classmate now had to walk to school. I still remember seeing Auntie Terry’s smile and the quick teasing jokes she and I made at them for doing that. Hazel enjoyed their visits so much as did I.
Several years later I was reading a book and came upon a page describing a young Constable Nathan Wells who initiated discovered and managed to resolve the largest serial killer investigation and crime scene in Canadian history. I immediately called Auntie Terry reading the page about Nathan and she updated me on her accomplished grand children. It was a beautiful conversation hearing the pride in her voice of her loving family relationships.
Love from Donna Barker
4 May 2021
To Wes, Bob and families, my heartfelt condolences.
I have known Terry since I started attending Brentwood Presbyterian Church in 2010. During this past 14 months I have had many visits and phone conversations with her. This was so easy and such a pleasure. She was always so positive and never complained. Although she enjoyed being with people, especially at church, she loved her home and was very content being by herself, busy with her garden, canning, freezing, baking, listening to her audio books, just always doing something.
Terry’s enduring faith and trust in the love of God sustained her and she would always say that she was blessed. She was the perfect example of how to grow old gracefully. I will miss her.
May memories of her be a blessing to all who knew and loved her.
Rest In Peace Terry.
Your friend, Lynn.
1 May 2021
Terry and I shared many happy times together. Just being around her was a joy. She had an easy laugh and a wonderful hug followed by a few quick rubs on the back. She loved to share muffins, loaves and of course her special carrot cake. She will be fondly remembered. I'm sure she's happy to be with Clarence - she missed him so much.
1 May 2021
My family and I remember Terry being part of the congregation at Brentwood Presbyterian Church with her husband Clarence and how welcoming she was to us when we first started attending. We have fond memories of having her carrot cake every month as we celebrated the birthdays of each month. Terry would always go around to make sure that everyone got a piece and if someone from my family was not in attendance, she made sure to get a piece to them.
Terry will truly be missed. May she rest in perfect peace.
Vanessa, Janet, Derek, & Edwin (Boadu Family)
1 May 2021
Terry made a big impression on me at Brentwood Presbyterian. On my first visit she made sure I tried her carrot cake and I was very grateful. She wore a bright pink jacket and had such a genuine and easy smile. I'm a car nut and we had fun discussing her 57 Nash. I think it reflected her well. Not pretentious but a true classic and sure to make you smile.
1 May 2021
When I first starting working with Brentwood Presbyterian Church in late 2009, Terry and Clarence were among the first who welcomed me warmly. The whole congregation has that spirit, but they embodied it with a special degree of energy. Her carrot cakes, her wonderings in Bible study, and her presence in Sunday morning worshiping will be deeply missed. Though I gather the recipe for the carrot has been passed down to the congregation, and it will be good, it won't be the same. Prayers for all the family and friends who mourn her passing on into the next realm of our living. I imagine she and Clarence will be dancing together again, as they did when they met. At least that how I remember the story.
1 May 2021
Dear family of Terry,
I had the delightful experience of sharing a post-church lunch conversation with Terry at Brentwood Presbyterian church.
I left that day with a lightness of spirit after our chat. The topic has faded in my memory, but not the laughter and joy.
You must miss her very much. Rob and I send our sympathies as you mourn her passing.
Rita and Rob Long