Longtime Westchester resident Ruth Emily Wells passed away Jan. 4. She was 96.
Wells had suffered a stroke in 1994 but, with care, she was able to live in her residence until she was hospitalized with pneumonia in December 2012.
Wells was born in Indianapolis as the oldest of 12 children to John Franklin and Beatrice Lillian Renfro. She attended school in Louisville, Ky. and in 1937 married James Wells, who passed away in 1975.
Her family moved to Los Angeles in 1952. Wells was a wonderful cook and loved baking, which she loved to share, friends said.
Sunday morning “tea parties” became a weekly affair with friends, homemade goodies, fruit, and the latest news on friends and family. These were held even after her stroke and no one enjoyed them more than Wells, friends said.
She served as a volunteer at Boys & Girls Club of Venice and the Salvation Army, and was an active member of her church, as her faith was a very important part of her life. Wells enjoyed receiving cards and letters and reread them often.
She loved her family, flowers, visiting with friends and supporting her daughters.
Wells is survived by her daughters, Pat Kandel and Bonnie Busk; brother Hal Renfro; sister Doris Jittrell; grandchildren Randy Busk, Lorie Busk, Jennifer Wells and Dennis Wells; Henry Rismann, a great-grand child, many nieces and nephews and many friends.
The Ruth Wells College Scholarship Fund has been established in her memory. Annually, the scholarship aids students who need financial assistance to attend college. Tax-deductible donations can be made at: www.bgcv.org/donate2 (place Ruth Wells Scholarship in the memo line). Checks can also be made to: Ruth Wells College Scholarship Fund c/o Boys & Girls Club of Venice, 2232 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291. Information, Danielle Chi at Danielle@bgcv.org, or (310) 390-4477 ext. 25110.
A celebration of life is being planned.