Mary Lucille Wells, 93, of Le Mars, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, at Park Place Estates in Le Mars.
Mary Lucille Bray was born May 29, 1917, near Westfield, the daughter of James "Frank" and Rose (Gainor) Bray. Lucille attended St. Joseph's Catholic School in Le Mars for 10 years and graduated from Le Mars Central High School in 1936.
During World War II, Lucille worked for the F.B.I. in Washington, D.C.
She was united in marriage to Fay R. Wells July 3, 1943, in Augusta Ga. To this union four children were born, Gary, Patricia, Daniel, and Douglas. In the late 1940s, the family returned to Le Mars and continued in the family business, Wells' Dairy, Inc.
Along with being a mother, Lucille had worked as a secretary for the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce. In the 1960s Lucille attended Westmar College and graduated with a degree in psychology in 1969.
Her faith played a very important role in her life. She was a longtime member of St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars where she had been involved with many church organizations, including St. James Altar Society, Catholic Daughters of America since 1936, Word of the Aposolate of Fatima, Catholic Blue Army, Legion of Mary, 3rd Order of Carmelite, Deanery Representative to the Sioux City Diocese, and work of Holy Angels.
Lucille assisted with the founding of the Queen of Peace Memorial in Sioux City working from conception to reality. In 1982, Lucille took a tour around the world with the Catholic Blue Army to assist with the development of ideas for the Queen of Peace project. She was part of the Queen of Peace Founders Group from 1981 to 1985 and served on the Queen of Peace board of directors from 1985 until 2000 when she became an ex-officio member of the board.
Survivors include her four children, Gary Wells and his wife, Kessa of Le Mars, Patricia Minthorn and her husband, Larry of Omaha, Neb., Daniel Wells and his wife, Lisa of Le Mars, and Douglas Wells and his wife, Ellen of Le Mars; 11 grandchildren, Ben Wells of Scottsdale, Ariz., Andrew Wells of Le Mars, Melody Minthorn of Iowa City, Natalee Minthorn of Omaha, Neb., and Hulda Minthorn of Twin Cities, Jacqui Wells of Le Mars, Mackenzie Wells of Le Mars, Carley Wells of Le Mars, Kathryn Wells of St. Louis, Mo., Joseph Wells of Chicago, Ill., and Sarah Wells of St. Louis, Mo.; a brother, Joseph Bray and his wife LouAnn of Burbank, Calif.; and a sister Lorraine Laubender of Los Angeles, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James "Frank" and Rose (Gainor) Bray; three sisters, Rosemary Green, Rita DeMarco, and Delores Bray; and three siblings in infancy, Iona, James, and Francis.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars with the Rev. Matt Hewitt officiating. Interment will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery-Neptune, rural Hinton. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with a 4 p.m. Catholic Daughters of America Rosary. The family will be present to greet friends until 7 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home. Visitation will continue Thursday morning from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.
Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.