Jewel Maxine Wells

Jun 3rd, 1919 - Jul 21st, 2020


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Sat, Jul. 25th, 2020 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Sat, Jul. 25th, 2020 11:00 a.m.


Enfield Cemetery

Sat, Jul. 25th, 2020 2:00 p.m.

Jewel Maxine Wells

Jewel Maxine Wells, age 101, of Carbondale, Illinois, passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 10:08 a.m. at Shawnee Senior Living in Herrin.

Maxine was born on June 3, 1919 in Mill Shoals, Illinois, a daughter of Clarence Wilson and Nellie (Thackrey) Taylor.  She was united in marriage to Virgil Elmer Wells on March 18, 1939 in Henderson, Kentucky, and he preceded her in death on March 14, 2005 after 65 years of marriage.  Maxine worked for many years for L. Berman’s in Evansville, Indiana.  She was a member of Third Baptist Church of Marion, loved playing board games, cooking, gardening and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her three children, Ron and Joyce Wells of Makanda, Wilson “Bud” Wells of New Harmony, Indiana and Donna and Kenneth Phelps of Evansville, Indiana; four grandchildren, Kelly Ray Gansman, Kendra Ray Parsons, Lela Dawn Wells and Brock Wilson Wells; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Alberta Andrews; two brothers, Bill and Iva Taylor and Don and Nina Taylor; one sister-in-law, Hazel Hayden; one brother-in-law, Dean Wells; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; ten brothers and sisters; and her daughter-in-law, Sue Wells.

Funeral services will be held at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Tommy Monroe officiating.  Burial will follow at Enfield Cemetery at 2:00 p.m.

Visitation will be held at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

For those who prefer, memorials may be made to Residential Hospice and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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6 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Kathleen Taylor

    From: Salt Lake City, Utah

    Date: July 21, 2020

    I have so many wonderful memories of my Aunt Maxine. She was always so kind, full of life, and always made me laugh. She was the one who remembered the family history in detail, and shared so many stories. I will miss her so much. Such a loss for all of us, and especially her kids and grands. We were all so lucky to have her in our lives.

  • Guest: Sandy Taylor

    From: Makanda, Illinois

    Date: July 22, 2020

    Aunt Maxine will always be remembered as the life of the party. Her humorous laugh and knowledge of family and dates, along with her huge heart, will be missed. Thankful that she was peacefully reunited with Virgil and has reached the destination that she has longed for. Many prayers for the family.

  • Guest: Kent Hayden

    From: NEWBURGH, Indiana

    Date: July 22, 2020

    What a sweet Aunt, always glad to see you. My prayers to Donna, Ronnie, Buddy and the rest of the family here but joy in knowing she is with Virgil now and our other family members in Heaven.

  • Guest: Jenny Taylor

    From: Sicklerville, New Jersey

    Date: July 23, 2020

    Our hearts are breaking to lose a real “jewel” of our family, our beloved Aunt Maxine. She was a wonderful aunt – always so very much fun to be around and very interested in all of our lives. She had a memory like a steel trap (even when she turned 100!). We were blessed to call her family and will miss her terribly, but have wonderful memories to keep her beautiful spirit with us.

  • Guest: Dink and Janet Garris

    From: Makanda, Illinois

    Date: July 24, 2020

    Will be missed sorely by the Dink and Janet Garris Family. Friends when Mr Wells and Maxine joined WABC in Evansville Indiana in 1957. Maxine was someone who loved life and her family and was a 3 ring circus to be around!! It’s hard to be sad of her passing when she left us with so many good memories

  • Guest: Laura Thomas

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: July 25, 2020

    I am so sorry to hear that Maxine passed away. I enjoyed visiting with her. She loved basketball; a common interest although she liked Purdue and I like Duke. Will always think of her during basketball season. Laura Thomas (Third Baptist Church)