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Friday December 3rd, 2021
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Jacquelyn "Jackie" Wells

Jacquelyn “Jackie” Dee Wells, 88 of Washington, died Monday, November 29, 2021 at the Pleasantview Home in Kalona.

A Celebration of her life will be 11:00AM, Friday, December 3, 2021 at the Washington United Methodist Church. Family will receive friends 1 1/2 hours prior to the service. Private burial of her cremains will be at the Elm Grove Cemetery with military honors.  The service will be livestreamed on the Beatty-Peterseim Facebook page. Beatty-Peterseim Funeral, Cremation Care and Monument Service is assisting with arrangements. In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be designated to FluffyButts Rescue Resort.

Jackie was born December 28, 1932 in St. Paul, MN, the daughter of Chester A. and Lorraine A. (Larsen) Greiff. She graduated from Staples High School in 1950 and enlisted and served in the US Air Force. She was united in marriage to Donald Wells on November 1, 1951 in San Antonio, TX, recently celebrating 70 years of marriage.

She was a faithful member of the Washington United Methodist Church, co-founder of the Washington Humane Society, Art in the Park organizer and organized events for Lending Hands, Blair House and the Washington Public Library. She traveled to Europe, Canada and England. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, painting and was an award winning water colorist.

She was employed at Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids, school lunch lady and YWCA Executive Director.

Survivors include her husband Don of Washington, daughters, Kathy Wells (Chris Bajorek), Penryn, CA, Christine Wells, Washington, IA and Carrie Wells, Riverside, IA; grandchildren Tasha Marshall (Marvin), Carmichael, CA, Kellen-Wells Mangold (Robyn), River Falls, WI, Anton Bajorek (Shayna), Lincoln, CA, Cale Wells-Mangold, Cedar Rapids, IA and Nikolai Bajorek (Christa), Denver, CO; seven great grandchildren; half-sister Sande Palmer, Des Moines, IA; dogs Gabe and Fitz, cats Nikki and Pip.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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I worked at The Journal for 20 plus years and was always glad to see Jackie come in . Bless her heart she would stand and wait several minutes to have me help her and there was always someone else there to help her and she would not have to wait. A kind and loving lady and Heaven surely has a new angel.

Sharon Niffenegger Dec 4 2021 12:00 AM

Hi Linda - Yep, this sounds like Mom. We - her daughters - got our love of dogs and cats from her, that's fur shur. I'm glad you had Annie and think about Mom in such a pawsitive way. Thanks for sharing this memory. This is something we didn't know about Mom.Chris

CHRIS WELLS Dec 3 2021 12:00 AM

Chris, you are very welcome ! Jackie was indeed a very special lady , loved by so many ! Take care .

Linda Brown Dec 3 2021 12:00 AM

Jackie Wells was one of the most creative women I have known. Whether it was a painting or a dress or a card, she was an artist. I am lucky to have been gifted a very sweet photobook with a painted picture of my dog on the front. Jackie was also a courageous woman, who contended with many physical ailments and lived a full life despite those challenges. She painted in Paris and was a director of the YWCA, loved animals and gave joy through all her numerous gifts. My prayers for the family and their loss.

Corinne Stanley Dec 2 2021 12:00 AM

I remember the first time I met Jackie back in early 1983. Our family had just lost our old dog and I had two little boys who were heartbroken. Someone suggested I call Jackie to see if she had a pup for us to love. I called asking her if she knew of a puppy that we could adopt. She said she had a young dog that she had found as a stray recently. Jackie came soon after with a little black dog who was by far the " ugliest dog in Washington County!" She had called her Annie after Ann Miller , the dark haired dancer who had beautiful long legs but was not pretty . I instantly fell in love with this little dog ! With tears in her eyes, Jackie handed Annie over. Jackie knew a perfect fit !! Annie was the best dog we have had ! She was so smart and was loved by everyone who met her ! Annie was loved by my family for over 12 years. I thought of Jackie often and thanked her every time I saw her for that perfect little one ! She always said she just knew Annie would be loved by my family ! Jackie indeed had a pure heart with all animals and I agree all the animals she loved met her at the Rainbow Ridge including our Annie !

Linda Brown Dec 2 2021 12:00 AM

Thanks for these kind words, Judi. I know you understand.Chris

CHRIS WELLS Dec 2 2021 12:00 AM

Thanks, Ruth.Chris

CHRIS WELLS Dec 2 2021 12:00 AM

Although we never met in person, I always felt a kindred spirit in her animal loving ways. I know the coming days, weeks, months, and years will be difficult without this beautiful soul on Earth beside you; but rest assured she will be nearby in spirit for you always. Her family and her loved ones were her life and passion, along with the fur kids, and those she has lost met her at the Bridge to welcome her as well! She is made whole again is and nearby for you, holding your hand while you grieve; hugging you while your heart feels like it is breaking to keep the pieces together; and being your support from beyond through the rest of your days as well. sending my love and warmth your way.

Judi Black Dec 1 2021 12:00 AM

Sincere condolences to family and friends from Carla, Sansa and me.Aad Groeneveld

Aad Groeneveld Dec 1 2021 12:00 AM

Thank you, my friend. Chris

CHRIS WELLS Dec 1 2021 12:00 AM

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