Obituary: Bettie Ruth Wells

July 4, 1937 – July 22, 2022

Bettie Ruth Wells, 85, of Bedford and formally of Springville passed away Friday, July 22nd, 2022 at 5:40 a.m. at her residence.

Born July 4th, 1937 in Willow Grove, Tennessee to William Albert and Zula Agnes (Stover) Stockton. She married Wayne Curtis (Runt) Wells on January 29th, 1965.  She was employed by several businesses throughout her life. At age 16,  she went to work at Kresge’s on the square in Bedford. After she graduated from Bedford High School with the Class of 1957, she got on at Trav-Lers in Orleans. After Tav-Lers she began her lifelong career as a housewife and stay-at-home mom. Then when her children grew up and on their own, she went back into the workforce at PRD in Springville and at Indiana Metal Craft in Bloomington until her husband became ill. That’s when she stayed home to care for him until his death on January 6th, 2002. Little did she know, but she took on that caregiver role again with her son, Curtis Dale Wells, until his death on September 13th, 2020.

Bettie was always a member of the Oolitic Church of Christ in her heart. She loved God, her whole family, and her friends. She enjoyed going fishing at the family farm’s ponds, driving the old Oliver farm tractor, and watching IU men’s basketball games on TV, but her true passion of enjoyment besides her grandchildren was watching wrestling even up to the day before her passing.  She loved to have fun and make people laugh, which was very evident in the last 5-months of her life, as well as in the people she met throughout her life. She was a very sweet and precious soul that will and is already missed but never will be forgotten.

Survivors include her daughter, Lisa Wells-Dixon,  and 3 grandchildren, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Dixon, Wesley (Wes) Dixon, and Grady B. Wells. She was preceded in death by her husband (Wayne), son (Curtis), and 2 sisters, Anna Geneva Johnson and Hettie Lee Diehl besides her parents.

The funeral service will be Tuesday, July 26th at Cresthave Funeral Home in Bedford with Visitation from 12 Noon until 2 p.m. Service is to start at 2 p.m. with Rev. Ed Owens and Rev. Kenny Allen officiating. Burial will also follow at Cresthaven Memorial Gardens. 

Cresthaven Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.