Ellen Dundon Wells, who died on January 24, 2018, was born Ellen Lavern Dundon on May 30, 1924 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was the third of five girls born to Velma Fem Gridley Dundon and Henry Joseph Dundon. From age 3 to 83, she lived in Mishawaka, Indiana. In 1947, she married James Raymond Wells, Jr. of Elm City, North Carolina. He preceded her in death in 2017 after seventy years of marriage. In 1987, Ellen and Ray bought a home on Sanibel, Florida in Periwinkle Park, where they wintered for twenty years before becoming full time residents in 2007.
Ellen worked as a secretary for an investment company and then for the superintendent of the Mishawaka Public Schools. On Sanibel, she was a volunteer at the Sanibel Historical Museum & Village, Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum and The Schoolhouse Theater. She is survived by daughters Barbara Wells Roberts of Joshua Tree, California and Karen Turner of Sanibel, as well as a grandson Rusty Turner and wife Ashley, and great-grandchildren Noah Turner, Cheyenne Turner and Oceana Reed.
Graveside services will be held 11:00am Monday April 30, 2018 at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Elm City, NC.
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