Carol Wells 1939-2014

Carol (James) Wells, 75, of Holton, formerly of Mayetta, passed away Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at her home.

Carol was born Jan. 11, 1939, in Mayetta, the daughter of George and Mildred (Burks) James. She graduated from Mayetta High School in 1956, later graduated from Kansas University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and earned her Master’s Degree from Emporia State University.

She taught English in Fairview, Whiting and Mayetta. She also taught English Comp at Washburn University for 14 years. She taught speed reading and tutoring at vari­ous educational centers. Carol was the first Mayetta graduate to re­ceive a full academic scholarship to Kansas University.

She was an accomplished pianist and played for several area churches and also served as EUM secretary for many years. She was a member of Buck’s Grove United Methodist Church.

Carol married Robert Danks and they later divorced. On May 10, 1986, she married Melvin D. Wells in Mayetta. He survives of the home.

Other survivors include her son, Roy Danks (Corrie) of Great Bend; her daughter, Robin Danks of Phoenix, Ariz.; her stepson, Dennis B. Wells (Linda) of Fremont, Neb.; her stepdaughters, Susan Wells of Tulsa, OK and Janetta Wells-Stucks of Independence, MO; her sisters, Georgine Ent (Wayne) of Radley and Nell Ritchey (Bill) of Topeka; her brother, Bill James of Lawrence; and her 16 grandchil­dren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Rosalie West; and her brother, Bob James.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31 at Mer­cer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will follow in Mayetta Cemetery. The family will greet friends Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are sug­gested to The Boys and Girls Club of Topeka or Buck’s Grove United Methodist Church, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.

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