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Wilma Wells

May 13, 1928 ~ February 28, 2019 (age 90)

Wilma Ruth Dareing Wells was born May 13, 1928 to Rev. M.R. and Mary Elizabeth (Hill) Dareing in

Quapaw, OK where her father was pastor of the First Baptist Church. The family moved to Miami, OK

where she graduated from Miami High School in 1947. She married Jack Wells and they lived for a while

in Miami, before moving to Timber Hill, north of Vinita. They lived in Claremore for a couple of years

before settling in Pryor in 1955. Wilma worked at Safeway in the meat department for several years. In

1979, they purchased the old Welch School building and converted it into a home, where they lived for

18 years. During this time, Jack was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Wilma cared for him at home

for 7 years and when he went to live at the Oklahoma Veteran’s Center in Claremore, she was there with

him almost every day for 7 more years. She studied her Bible relentlessly and had a large collection of

Bible reference books. She was a Sunday School teacher for many years and spent countless hours

preparing her lessons. She was a member of Rehoboth Baptist Church in Claremore. She loved caring for

her grandchildren and great grandchildren and was always happy to have a baby in her arms. She was a

wonderful cook and was known for canning and freezing vegetables from her garden as well as making

several varieties of pickles & jellies.


She is survived by two daughters; Jean Martin and husband Garry of Tulsa and Mary Stone of Pryor; Six

grandchildren, Jon Ketcher and wife Hollie of Pryor, Sam Ketcher & wife Shawna of Wewoka, OK, Jesse

Rowland and wife Indai of Owasso, Jeri Daily and husband Josh of Pryor, Joe Martin of Tulsa and Katie

Stone of Pryor: Eight great grandchildren; Jonathan Ketcher, Savannah Ketcher, Noah Daily, Arauna

Daily, Jonah Daily, Gabe Ketcher, Ian Ketcher and Karson Chandler; one sister, Aranna Lubin of Sun City,

AZ, two brothers, Jay Dareing of Miami and Ray “Corky” Dareing of Phoenix, AZ, as well as several nieces

& nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jack, one daughter, Jackie Sullivan, and two sisters, Earlene Cawyer and Louise Kidwell.

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