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Obituary for Margie Elliott Wells
Margie Elliott Wells passed away on September 9, 2021 in Gladstone, Missouri. She was born on April 8, 1934 in DeKalb County, Indiana to Ernest and Retha Grable.
Margie attended a one-room school house for elementary school, graduated from Butler High School in Indiana and then attended Olivet Nazarene College (Illinois) for 2 years. After getting married and starting a family, they moved from Findlay, Ohio to the Kansas City area.
Margie worked as a secretary prior to being married and continued to work in that capacity at Nazarene Headquarters for a few years for the Board of General Superintendents. At the age of 33, she decided to go back to school for her teaching degree, graduated from Avila College, then received her M.S. in Education from CMSU in Warrensburg. She taught school for 26 years beginning at Blue Springs, then Clinton and finishing at Oak Park High School in North Kansas City.
For over 30 years, Margie was a Nazarene church organist, playing for numerous weddings and sharing her musical talent with many piano students. She also was an accomplished seamstress and loved to crochet and garden. Somehow she also managed to do extensive genealogy work. Margie traveled the country on a Goldwing motorcycle with her former husband, Dick Elliott who passed away in 2003. She also enjoyed spending time with Dick’s daughters, Arlene (John) Castanada and Elaine (Dan) Wilson of St. Joseph, MO. and their children and grandchildren.
In 2005 Margie married Dean Wells and together they also traveled to many places. They spent time in Branson, at various southern gospel events, and took a few cruises. They shared their love of Christian music and faith along with other various individuals, visiting nursing homes and senior group events. Dean would play the bass or guitar while Margie played the accordion.
Margie was preceded in death by her sister-in-law Nan Grable, niece Amy Grable, nephew Brian Grable, and stepdaughter Debbie Hodapp.
Survivors include her husband Dean; daughters Leilani (Richard) Suellentrop of Colwich, KS; Kayla (Larry) Keiss of Lincoln, NE; grandchildren Andrew (Miriam) Suellentrop; Jonathan Suellentrop; Liz (Tim) Dinh; Greg (Lisa) Suellentrop; Autumn Slaughter; great grandchildren Oliver and Eleanor Dinh; Charlie Suellentrop; brother Ron Grable; nephews Ed (Lea) Grable and Brent Grable, and many great nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Margie’s life will take place 4:00 PM, Monday, October 4, 2021 at Souder Family Funeral Home, including a light meal.
Memorials can be made to the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Greater Compassion Fund, 17001 Prairie Star Parkway, Lenexa, KS 66220.
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