OBITUARIO

Mary Jo Wells

30 abril , 193230 marzo , 2021

Mary Jo Wells (née Reed) of Madison, Tennessee, passed away on March 30, 2021. She was born on April 30, 1932 in Indianapolis, Indiana. After graduating from Thomas Howe High School, she attended Ball State Teacher’s College and graduated in 1954 with a BS in Art Education. In 1961, she earned a master’s in Art Education from Michigan State University. During college, she worked one summer at Estes Park YMCA Conference Camp in Estes Park Colorado, where she did a lot of hiking, including climbing Long’s Peak, an 18-hour round trip.

From 1954-57 she taught art in White Plains, New York and spent one summer traveling all over Europe, England, and Scotland. Then from 1957-62 she taught art in Charlotte, Michigan. Mary Jo and Clayton met on a blind date and were married in August of 1961 in a Friends’ Society (Quaker) ceremony. They moved to their farm at 1322 N. Every Road, near Mason, MI, where they lived for more than 50 years and raised three children. As the kids got older, Mary Jo resumed making art, joined the Mid-Michigan Art Guild, and had pieces accepted in local juried shows. While travelling in the USA in their travel trailer, Mary Jo and Clayton bought a lot near his brother in Hot Coffee, Mississippi and parked the trailer there for some weeks in the winters. From 2006-2013, they spent two months a year at their condo in Port Aransas, Texas. In February of 2021, Mary Jo and Clayton moved to Madison, Tennessee to live closer to their daughter Shauna.

Mary Jo was a thoughtful and considerate woman who personified the Golden Rule. She was very generous with her time and volunteered as a Girl Scout leader, Boy Scout leader, room mother and donated blood regularly. Later in life, she delivered for Meals-on-Wheels and helped drive people to medical appointments. In addition to her volunteer work, she also had a fun sense of humor and often sang “camp songs” to her kids, meaning songs she learned during the many years she participated in summer camps from junior high to college. Throughout her life, she attended many different churches: Presbyterian, Methodist, Friends’ Meetings, and the Unitarian Universalist Church. During later years, she enjoyed starting off her week with coffee and conversation with the Monday Morning Divas in Mason, MI. Family and friends feel fortunate to have one or more pieces of art that she made including watercolors, oils, pastels, carvings, sculptures, and multi-media pieces. Mary Jo is survived by her husband, Clayton H. Wells, and children Valynda Wells (David Howard), Carlton Wells (Kathy Wells), and Shauna Wells (John Fabke). She is also survived by grandchildren Rachel Wells, Clayton Wells II, Grace Lake (Justin Lake), Evan Howard, and Leslie Howard, and by great-grandchildren Wade Yelinek and Henry Lake, and by many other relatives and friends.

A Visitation will be held for Mary Jo on July 31, 2021 at 10:00 a.m at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing, Michigan 48823. Memorial Service will begin at 11:00 a.m at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes with a luncheon to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the American Red Cross.

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31 julio

Visitation

11:00 am - 11:00 am

Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

1730 E. Grand River Rd.
East Lansing, Michigan

31 julio

Celebration of Life

Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

1730 E. Grand River Rd.
East Lansing, Michigan

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Kathie Klages

26 julio , 2021

I met Mary Jo while attending Curves in Mason. We went to Holt Curves and then to Leslie Curves as each Curves shut down. Mary Jo was a delightful woman whom I just adored. She always had a smile on her face and was full of warmth. I just today saw this notification as I was looking for another obituary. I am so sorry for your loss. She was a very special woman and I will miss her!

Jamie Willard (Cherry)

17 junio , 2021

Mrs. Wells was the sweetest lady in the Every Road neighborhood by far. I’m sorry for the tremendous loss💔

Mindy Bartlett - Steel

17 junio , 2021

Carlton,

I am sorry to hear about your mom and wanted to let you know I am thinking of you and your family.

Mindy

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