Marilyn Jean (Barnstable) Wells

Born: Sun., May 4, 1924
Died: Fri., Sep. 19, 2014

Private Committal

Memorial Service

2:00 PM Wed., Sep. 24, 2014
Location: First Presbyterian Church of Pendleton

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Marilyn Jean Barnstable Wells

May 4, 1924 – September 19, 2014


VANCOUVER, WA – Marilyn Jean Barnstable Wells, 90, a long time resident of Pendleton, OR, died September 19th, at her home in Vancouver, WA.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church in Pendleton.  A private family graveside service will be held at Olney Cemetery.

Marilyn was born in Hamilton, MT on May 4, 1924 to Earl and Ella Barnstable.  She graduated from Hamilton High School in 1942 and moved to Pendleton, OR.  She worked in the advertising department of the East Oregonian from 1942-1944, moved to Oakland, CA in 1944, returned to Pendleton in 1945, and worked at the Arbuckle Shoe Store until 1946.  She was assistant office manager for Nischel Bros. Chrysler Plymouth Garage until July 1949.  She was married to Judge William W. Wells on July 16, 1949 and they had 50 wonderful years together.

Marilyn was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Pendleton.  Before moving to Vancouver, WA to be closer to family, she was active in the Presbyterian Women’s Association and women’s circles.  She was a member of the Pendleton Women’s Club and the Pendleton Current Literature Club, serving as president and secretary.  She was chairman of the Vert Council from 1972 to 1995. Marilyn was a member of PEO, Chapter CM and served in various offices.

Over the years Marilyn enjoyed being active in many civic clubs and organizations.  She volunteered to serve on various committees for the Kilkare Dance Club, the American Cancer Society Christmas Cotillion, and for the St. Anthony’s Women’s Auxiliary Gift Shop.  She enjoyed playing Bridge and rarely missed an opportunity with friends.  She moved to Vancouver, WA in 2000.

Survivors include her children William W. Wells Jr. and his wife Jane, of Falmouth, ME, Daniel C. Wells and his wife Ruth, of Woodburn, OR, and Douglas K. Wells and his wife Janice, of Camas, WA, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Her husband, Judge William W. Wells, her parents, and sister Betty Dennison, preceded Marilyn in death.

Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of the arrangements.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Pendleton Presbyterian Church through Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.  You may sign the online condolence book at  

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Beverly Keller
   Posted Mon September 22, 2014

SOFT AND SWEET MEMORIES STANDING SPRAY was sent by Jaeger's Houston OGC Kiewit Family.

To the Wells family, In knowing and working with Jaeger, we are certain that Mrs. Wells was an incredible woman. We are sadden by your loss. May your love help you all through this difficult time. Best regards, Jaeger's Houston OGC Kiewit Family

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