Thelma L. Wells, 85, of Crystal Springs died Monday the 21st of November at Copiah Living Center.
Visitation will be 5pm-8pm Tuesday at Stringer Family Funeral Home in Crystal Springs. Services will be 10am Wednesday at Stringer Family Chapel.
Born in 1931 in Citronelle, Alabama, to Frank and Lizzie Leon, she was the youngest of three children, following Frankie and Thomas Earl both of whom preceded her in death.
Thelma graduated from Citronelle High School where she was Head Cheerleader, Homecoming Queen, and Miss Citronelle High. She married Onous J. Wells Jr. in November of 1949. They would have celebrated their 67th Anniversary the day after her death. Following marriage, they lived in Jackson, MS, Sherman and Edinburg, TX, West Point, MS, Louisville, KY, Jackson, Terry, and Crystal Springs, MS where they lived since 1989.
Thelma was active in the Jackson Symphony League, the Southwest Jackson Civic League and taught young women in various capacities at Alta Woods Baptist Church in Jackson. Thelma worked as a church secretary and in various positions in her husband’s Dental office to help build a successful Dental practice in South Jackson.
Thelma enjoyed snow and water skiing, tennis, music, and flying aircraft as a Private Pilot. She was a wonderful Hostess, entertaining and even planning weddings and preparing the cakes and flowers for friends and family.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Onous J. Wells, Jr., of Crystal Springs, MS, her children, Larry C. Wells (Donna) of Crystal Springs, MS, Onous John Wells, III (Teresa) of Dallas, TX, and Frank Blair Wells (Jayne) of Crystal Springs, MS, her grandchildren, Caleb Wells (Carlie), Dr. Kevin Wells (Dr. Martha), Ashlie Langston (Daniel), Nathan Wells (Amanda), Dr. Joseph Wells (Casey), Brittany Steels (Bryan), and Haley Lynch (Ryan), eleven great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Thelma made friends easily and had many through her years of volunteering with community, civic and church groups. She was always the life of the party.