Lebanon Reporter


December 26, 2013

Olive B. Wells

Mrs. Olive Berniece Taylor Wells, 99, of Lebanon, died Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at Homewood Health Campus, Lebanon.

Mrs. Wells was born in rural Lebanon, on Oct. 13, 1914, a daughter of the late Vesper Earl and Lora (Cleaver) Edrington. She was reared and educated in Boone County and graduated from Dover High School in 1932.

On June 4, 1932, Olive was married to Carl Thomas Taylor in Boone County; he passed away on June 18, 1947. She then was married to James Edward Wells on Aug. 21, 1956 at the Pleasant View Church in Boone County. Mr. Wells passed away on Nov. 26, 2008.

Olive spent most of her life in Boone County with the exception of five years in Indianapolis. For 17 ½ years she worked as the receptionist for the medical office of Dr. Charles Weddle and Dr. Robert Wisehart. With the election of Frank Hiland as treasurer for Boone County, Olive started work as the deputy treasurer. She retired in 1976 after 10 years with the treasurer’s office. After retiring, she enjoyed spending her winters in Florida until Mr. Wells’ health limited their travel.

Mrs. Wells was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. As part of her interest in community service, she helped establish, along with her devoted husband, the Faith Bible Camp for children near Crawfordsville. A highlight of her life was when she and her husband had travelled to the Holy Land. Olive enjoyed sharing her pictures with anyone who displayed an interest.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Pleasant View Church.

Survivors include daughters Kathleen Julian (husband Martin) of Franklin, and Rebecca “Becky” Schaeffer of Lebanon, two daughters-in-law, Katy Taylor of Lebanon, and Bennie Hobson of Winston Salem, N.C.; step-children James A. Wells (wife Victoria) of Madison, Ala., Cynthia A. Miller (husband Michae) of Toledo, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

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