Shirlee Ann Wells

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Shirlee Ann Wells (Clemens), 84, of Le Mars, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 at home with family in Jefferson City, Missouri, following a brief illness.

Shirlee was born on Feb. 1, 1935, to Roy and Kitty Wells. She graduated from Le Mars Central High School in 1952, and over the years would remain in close contact with many of her high school classmates, even hosting their 40th reunion at her home.

After high school Shirlee attended Saint Joseph’s School of Nursing in Sioux City, from 1952 to 1954, finishing 1964 to 1965. She graduated as a registered nurse in 1965, receiving the Honorary Award of Courage from the Physicians Staff Community at the hospital.

After graduating, Shirlee was employed as a surgical RN at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Later, she attended Saint Joseph Creighton Memorial Hospital School of Anesthesia, graduating in 1968 as a CRNA. After graduation she was employed there as a nurse anesthetist.

Shirlee retired from anesthesia due to health reasons, and worked as a private duty RN.

She went on to graduate from Westmar College in Le Mars in 1974 with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree, attending part-time classes at Briar Cliff University. Shirlee obtained her master’s degree at the University of South Dakota. She eventually went on to teach college psychology courses.

Shirlee ended her career as a therapist at CSADV, (Counsel on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence), where she also played an active role with domestic violence awareness efforts, authoring manuals on the topic. Throughout time, Shirlee was a lifetime member of the American Red Cross.

Education and helping others in need were two values held strong by Shirlee, and values she would pass on to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Over the years, Shirlee lived life to its fullest, finding much joy in hosting family gatherings big and small, spending time with many loved animals, and listening to the blues. She was immensely proud of her children, John and Cheri.

Survivors include her son, John (Laney) Clemens; daughter Cheri Rus; sister, Darleen Renken, and brother, Steven (Diane) Wells. Her grandchildren include Benjamin John (B.J.) Rieken, Rebecca Rieken, Samantha Trollinger, Lucas Clemens, and Charlie Clemens. Her great-grandchildren include Melody Beaulieu, Benson Rieken, Bowen Rieken, and Jorah Trollinger.

Shirlee was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Kitty Wells; daughter, Christina Clemens, and grandson, Steven Clemens.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23, at Morningside Chapel Christy Smith Funeral Home in Sioux City, with burial following at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from noon until service time on Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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