Jennie Wells, 80, Nashville, Tenn.

Jennie (Hopf) Wells, 80, of Nashville, Tennessee, formerly of Jasper, passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Jennie was born on May 1, 1938, in Jasper to Andrew P. and Carrie V. (Horney) Hopf. She married William “Bill” Wells of Nashville. He preceded her in death on November 28, 2008.

She graduated as valedictorian from Jasper High School in 1956. She earned a full scholarship to St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute, graduating in 1960 with a bachelor’s degree in English and minor in French. She then attained a master’s degree in English from Indiana University in Bloomington.

She taught at the former Academy of the Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, at Tenth Street School in Jasper, and at Vincennes University in Vincennes. After her marriage to Bill Wells, she did part-time work as a traveling health research worker for the U.S. government.

Jennie and her husband traveled extensively throughout the United States. She was a former member of St. Ignatius Church in Antioch, Tennessee, and participated in scripture studies there. Her hobbies included reading, crossword puzzles, traveling, gardening, flea markets, antiques and word games. She was a joyful, generous person who enjoyed giving away her “finds.” Time spent with her family was especially important to her.

Surviving are one daughter, Cara Lynn Smythe (Kevin), Nashville, Tennesse; two grandchildren, Michael Ratliff, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Kaitlyn Ratliff, Baltimore, Maryland; two sisters, Pat Hopf, Jasper, and Carol Dall (Norbert), Ferdinand; nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death besides her husband were her parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Jennie (Hopf) Wells will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 4, 2019, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, with burial of ashes to follow at Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

A visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service time at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Monday.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or a favorite charity.

Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.




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