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Patricia Louise Wells
06/18/1928 — 05/29/2012
From Richland, WA, USA | Born in Lewistown, MT
Patricia Louise Wells
PATRICIA LOUISE WELLS
Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother passed away peacefully on May 29, 2012 in Richland, Washington.
She is survived by her son Mike Linda Terry, daughter Melody Dave Carruthers, daughter Karin Rick Wells, and son Ken Michele Wells; grandchildren Stuart Smith, Rebecca Salvador, Caryl Terry, Kristin Terry, Jackie Wells, and Jonathan Wells; great-grandchildren Gabrielle Huebner, Trinity Walker, Chloe Smith, Trevor Kidd, Bradley Geobels, and Kendall Smith; and her great-great-grandchild Mason Huebner.
Pat was born June 18, 1928 in Lewistown, Montana to Oscar and Maude Thompson. During her childhood, she and her sister Stella lived in several small towns in Montana, Kansas, and Wyoming where her father was working for Continental Oil as aDrilling Superintendent. She graduated from Manville High School in Wyoming at age 16. She raised her oldest children in Casper, Wyoming and her youngest children in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Pat was the Accounting Director at the Rapid City Area - Chamber of Commerce for 21 years. When she retired at age 65, she embarked on two great adventures. She went on an Alaska Cruise and became close friends with Betty Smith from New Zealand. Later she went to New Zealand to see Betty. She often spoke about her travels and displayed many souvenirs in her home. She was always supportive of her entire family and interested in their accomplishments. In 2008, Pat enjoyed having the entire family in Richland to celebrate her 80th birthday and watching the slideshow that celebrated her life. Pat also kept in touch with several close friends in Rapid City, who were very important to her. The family wishes to thank Dr. Deray and his staff at the Kadlec Senior Clinic, the physicians and staff at Kadlec Medical Center, and the staff at Wynwood Assisted Living Facility for the compassionate care they provided to Pat. Funeral services will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at Memories at Sunset Event Center located at 915 Bypass Highway in Richland.
So sorry to read about Pat’s death in the newspaper this morning. I worked with her at the civic center for many years and she was my movie buddy. Every Sunday we went to an afternoon movie and then went out to eat. I will miss her. My sympathy to the family.
We missed Pat so much when she moved. We had lots of fun times together here in Rapid City. When she went to Omaha to visit her son Mike she would stop over and stay at my parents house too. Lots and lots of laughs. Occassionally, we even tried golfing together. We will hold our great memories of Pat close to our hearts for a long, long time. Our deepest regards to her family. She was a great lady and friend.
Our deepest sympathy to Pat’s children. We always enjoyed our time with Ken and Karyn and Pat during the 1980’s and 1990’s. We thought of Pat many times since she retired and later as she moved to Washington. She was a great friend and we always enjoyed her friendship.
Dear Kenny & Karin,
Wayne & I were very surprised to read your mother’s obituary in the Journal. We didn’t know she had moved as we had lost contact. We remember so many good times as your neighbors. Our best goes to all of you!!
I am so sorry to hear about Pat’s passing. I worked with Pat for a number of years at the Rapid City Chamber. Pat was an amazing co-worker and friend! One year, we had a wonderful opportunity to visit our mutual dear friend Ting Knecht in Colorado, along with our good friend Doris. What wonderful memories!
May God bless each of you with similar wonderful memories of time spent with, Pat! What a truly phenomenal lady! God bless all!
I have missed being with Pat so much. She was a HOOT! We had such good times together. We shared books and movies. I’ll never forget when we went to the first Harry Potter movie. I had read the book, but Pat hadn’t. She was completely lost and didn’t get the movie at all. We laughed about it on the way home. I’m so glad she got to spend her last years near family members. Family was always so important to her.