Obituary: Bonnie C. Wells
Bonnie C. Wells
On Jan. 26, 2018, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease and with family by her side, Bonnie Colleen (Daly) Wells of Lemon Cove, Calif. left us to be home with the Lord. She was 77 years old.
Bonnie was born on Feb. 9, 1940 in Fresno, Calif. to her parents, Patrick A. Daly and Florence G. (Moore) Daly. She graduated from Tranquility High School in San Joaquin, Calif. in 1957. Bonnie continued her education at Hollywood Presbyterian College, earning her registered nursing degree in 1961. Upon graduation, she began her career at Exeter Memorial Hospital in the obstetrics department and found her heart’s desire as a geriatric specialist. She retired from Kaweah Delta after over 40 years of nursing service.
Bonnie eloped with Billy Wells to Nogales, Mexico in 1959. Then, a year later, they were properly married in Exeter, Calif. at the request of Bonnie’s father. The Wells’ lived in the old Daly homestead in Yokohl Valley during which time their first child was born. Billy and Bonnie later moved to and managed the Woodlake Ranch Christian Camp in Elderwood, Calif. They served in the ministry of First Baptist Church, The Navigators, and Hume Lake and retired after 13 years of service. After retiring from ministry, Bonnie went back into full time nursing as well as supporting her husband in cattle ranching endeavors.
Bonnie was big hearted, quirky, and had the gift of hospitality. Famous for her lemon bars, persimmon cookies, and unsweetened tea she was always ready for unexpected guests. Bonnie loved gardening, keeping up with her grandkids, and her sweet dog Daisy. Few knew about her obsession with Daytona 500 racing on the radio. Bonnie was a true prayer warrior and had a special way of seeing the Lord’s work in everything around her.
Bonnie is survived by her husband, Billy Wells; children, Michael Wells his wife Pennie from Porterville CA, Donna Rice her husband Bryan from Morrill NE, and Sarah Wells from Lemon Cove CA. She was richly blessed with 16 grandchildren, 12 great-grand-children and currently 3 in the oven. She was proceeded in passing by her daughter Mary.
Visitation will be held from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 at Evans Miller Guinn Chapel in Exeter. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 at the Faith Tabernacle Church of Exeter, 515 S. Filbert St. Burial will be private in the Exeter District Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.evansmillerguinnchapel.com. Services entrusted to Evans Miller Guinn Chapel.