Pauline Wells, 88, of Washington, Kansas, died Jan. 3 at the Homestead Nursing Home in Washington. A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 5 at the United Methodist Church in Washington. The Rev. Randy Jellison-Knock officiated. Sheila Ouellette played the organ while the congregation sang “In The Garden” and “ The Old Rugged Cross.” The pallbearers were Tim Wells, Tom Wells, Todd Wells, Jeff Wilson, Brad McCormick and Steve Wahle. The honorary pallbearers were Mike Wells, Danny Wells, Joey Wells, David W. Wells, Jared Wells, Drew Wagoner and Marc Wagoner. Burial was in the Washington City Cemetery. Pauline was born at 11:50 p.m., April 18, 1922 at Waterville to Clarence and Nelle (Ensign) Bolejack. Her identical twin sister, Marjorie on April 19, 1922. The family lived on a farm south of Barnes. After graduating high school, Pauline went to Morrowville for Normal Training to get her teaching certificate. The twins spent a short time in Wichita working for dairies. Pauline bottled milk at the DeCoursey Dairy. On September 26, 1943 she was united in marriage to Blaine Wells at the homestead of C.P. Bolejack south of Barnes. They lived in Wichita after their marriage and Pauline worked at Boeing. In 1958 they moved to Washington. Pauline stayed home and raised her five children and did substitute teaching. She later became activities director at the Homestead Nursing Home and then administrator, a position she held for eight years, retiring in 1985. Pauline was a member of the United Methodist Church, Methodist Youth Leader, Cub Scout Den Leader and member of EHU. She was active in the Red Hats Society, bowling league and exercise class. She was a great cook, grew lots of vegetables and was always willing to share anything she had. Pauline was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Blaine on March 18, 2005; and twin sister, Marjorie. She is survived by two sons, Don Wells (Karen), Scott City, Kan., Dave Wells (Judy), Manhattan, Kan.; three daughters, Susan Brun (Jeff), Meriden, Kan., Laura Soash (Richard), Wichita, Kan., Elizabeth Wagoner (Ron), Derby, Kan.; brother, Charles Bolejack (Carol), Tucson, Ari.; two sisters, Joyce Lamoreaux, Linn, Kan., and Hope Rivers, Ft. Collins, Colo.; brother-in-law, Dale Wells, Washington, Kan.; fifteen grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren. A memorial fund has been established to the church or Homestead Nursing Home. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home.
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