Mabel M. Wells

Written by Theresa Rose on May 12, 2016

Mabel M. Wells, 98, of Keosauqua died at 1:13 P.M. Wednesday May 11, 2016 at Van Buren County Hospital, Keosauqua.  She was born July 2, 1917 in rural Keosauqua to Benjamin and Dott Roush Whitcanack and married Everett L. Wells May 8, 1938 at her parents’ home near Keosauqua.  Mr. Wells died November 9, 1975.

Mabel graduated from Keosauqua High School.  She and her husband farmed in Van Buren County and served many years as co-managers of Cerro Gordo County Care Facility in Mason City.  They retired to Birmingham in 1975 and she moved to Keosauqua 20 years ago.

Mabel was an active member of Keosauqua Christian Church and Christian Women’s Fellowship and had been in Eastern Star.

Surviving are a son, Kriss Wells (Martha Easter-Wells) of LeClaire , IA, two grandchildren, Linda Wells (Tim Phillips) of Minneapolis, MN and Austin Wells (Shanna Fatica) of Mentor, OH, three great-grandchildren, Mabel, Josie and Theo, a brother, Earl Whitcanack (Leona) and a sister Betty Hendricks(Glen) all of Keosauqua, other relatives and many friends.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Wells, three brothers, Harold and Karl Whitcanack in childhood and Rex Whitcanack and two sisters, Pauline Shipley and Fraces Dodds.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 P.M. Saturday May 14, 2016 in Keosauqua Christian Church with Rev Bill Shewmaker officiating.  Visitation will open at 3:00 P.M. Friday at Pedrick Funeral Home, Keosauqua with family present 5:30-7 P.M.   Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Cantril.  Memorials to Keosauqua Christian Church may be left at the funeral home, church or mailed to the family at 22905 Great River Road, LeClaire, IA 52753