OBITUARY

Stephanie "Penny" Wells

January 5, 1944February 8, 2021
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Stephanie “Penny” Wells, 77, of Palm Beach Gardens went home to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Monday evening, February 8, 2021, surrounded by loved ones.

Born in Norfolk, Virginia on January 5, 1944, Penny was the daughter of Frank Cecil and Vada Cowan (Burns) Duff. She grew up in the Norfolk/Portsmouth area and, as a younger person, she spent quality time with her family in the Lebanon/Russell County areas of the Virginia mountains where she was surrounded by aunts, uncles and cousins who all contributed to her gentile, Southern charm.

Penny’s family roots are steeped in exceptional service to our country. Her ancestry includes incredible acts of bravery and heroism spanning conflicts dating back to the American Revolution. Her great grandfather, Samuel Duff, was a prisoner of war during the US Civil War. In 1962, her brother, Frank Jr., was tragically killed on a military assignment while deployed in Panama.

In 1959 Penny’s family relocated to Lake Park, Florida. It’s there she met the love of her life, Dave Wells. They were married in 1964. Together they raised two sons, David and Frankie. Penny would frequently speak of the best years of her life were those years spent raising her boys. She would later be blessed with five grandchildren. To Penny, there was no greater joy than having her family together.

Career-wise, Penny provided administrative and reception support in the legal and banking industries for a decade. Her most fulfilling work came in the form of caring for children. Her pure, unending mother’s love was offered freely to the children she had the pleasure of providing love and care. Names like Hanako, Briana, Donnie, Asha, Ashton, Hunter and Taylor cleansed her soul. She loved them all as she loved her own children and grandchildren. Penny strongly believed that we adults have the obligation to preserve the innocence of God’s children as long as was allowable. She would often mention that once they become adults they are adults forever, but they are children for only a short time.

Some of Penny’s most rewarding work was her volunteer mentorship through the First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach, now Family Church. She first volunteered with the Crisis Pregnancy Center, mentoring young women on the joys and challenges young parents face and the importance of living in a way consistent with Christ’s teaching. She also volunteered in the Church nursery most Sunday mornings for more than 20 years. It was there she touched the hearts of countless children. An active volunteer until just last year, she considered this work among the joys of her life.

Penny is survived by her husband of 57 years, Dave; her children, David (Lynn) of Wellington, Frankie (Melissa) of Riverview; grandchildren: Haley, David III, Ashley, Luke and Megan; numerous nieces, nephews and their spouses and children.

Penny was preceded in death by her sister, Virginia, her brother, Frankie, and her parents.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021

  • Reception

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021

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Dolly Wells

February 15, 2021

I will truly miss our phone conversations. I am so happy she no longer has to suffer. She fought so hard for many years. I believe she was happy to finally be going home with the Lord, to be free from the physical pain and free from the toxicity/hate of this world in which we live now. Although, she will miss her family tremendously, she knows she will see them again. Right now, she's rejoicing and dancing with the Lord and his angels. She is at peace, I just know she is. Until we meet again, I love you Aunt Penny.

Dolly

Alisa Schubach

February 15, 2021

Rest In Peace my Dear Aunt Penny . Always in my heart your strong Beautiful Spirit will be & I will cherish my memories of you growing up . Always so kind to us girls & Granville . I wish we could have Gathered more with you . Enjoyed you so much what time we were together. Loved your wit & sass & your strong faith in the Lord & oh how you made me laugh with the things you would say & how you said it . Until we meet again enjoy your Celebration with Our Dear Lord & Savior 💕

Sheri Murray

February 12, 2021

I was very blessed to have her as my Aunt Penny. Such a beautiful lady and I just loved to hear her talk. She could always get a laugh out of you with her sense of humor. I remember always getting excited when they came to visit. She was as happy to see us as we were to see her. She hosted my bridal shower at her home which I appreciated tremendously. I have so many fond memories of Aunt Penny I will cherish for the rest of my life. My husband always said when he did see her, she was so pleasant and kind. He was right! I wish I could have spent more time with her and uncle Dave. Time passes way too fast. She was loved by so many and will be greatly missed.

Elyse Meany

February 12, 2021

We were so blessed to know and love Penny. Decades back, she was truly our hero in providing care for Skyler as an infant and toddler, ( now age 31) during a period of hardship for our family.
Penny was an amazing and precious woman to all of us who were so blessed to know her and adore her. We'll cherish memories and we're grateful she is with our Lord in heaven.

Anthony Borino

February 11, 2021

There are not to many people or things that are constant in this world. Penny definitely broke that mold. For almost thirty years I have had the pleasure of knowing her and being a witness of her faith, her convictions, her fortitude, her love of people. Salon Synergy was blessed to have her a part of our family and she will forever be remembered and loved. We send prayers of love and healing to her loved ones.
Rest in God's Sweet Peace Mrs. Penny Wells.

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