On Tuesday, November 24th, Delores Wells, loving wife, mother, sister, auntie, and friend, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home surrounded by loved ones after a courageous battle with diabetes.
Delores was born to Myrine (Minter) Harris and Herman Richard Rodgers on December 21, 1947 in Mt. Vernon, Texas. She relocated to South Bend, Indiana with her mother, step-father, Gloster "Red" Harris, and siblings where she earned an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education at Bethel College and began a 40-year career as a teacher with the Head Start Program. She married William Wells on June 20, 1975 in an intimate backyard ceremony. She raised two daughters, Angelia Rodgers of South Bend, IN, and Rosalyn Wells of Chicago, IL.
Her passion for children was innate and God-given. She poured herself into her work as a teacher often showing up early to prepare her classroom for the day, enlisting volunteers for special educational events, and purchasing school supplies and necessities for students in need. Her students adored her and would often recognize her even decades after they were in her classroom. She loved her family and made it her mission to make birthdays, graduations, and holidays special events especially when she made her delicious sweet potato and lemon meringue pies. Delores was devoted to her relationship with Christ and was a member of New Life Fellowship Ministries under the leadership of Apostle and Prophetess Charles and Betty Harris. Most remarkably, she was a quiet peaceful woman who lived fiercely by her own convictions.
Delores is survived by her husband, two daughters, grandchildren, Terrence Buckingham and Shari Richey of South Bend, IN, and Carla Richey of Indianapolis, IN. Additionally, she is survived by three great-grandchildren, Dereounna Nance, Tereounna Buckingham, and Terrence Buckingham III all of South Bend, IN, and by five sisters, Cordelia Anderson, Elizabeth Ann Ward, Darlene Farmer, and Cynthia Rodgers all of South Bend, IN, and Brenda Land of Indianapolis, IN. She will be missed by a host of nieces, nephews, friends, colleagues, and former students. She was preceded in death by her father, step-father, mother, brothers, Richard Larry Rodgers, Kenneth Harris and Robert Harris, daughter, Satonia Wells, great-granddaughter, Taleah Buckingham, and nephews, Anthony Carter, Jonathon Rodgers, and Lorenzo Walker.
Delores wanted to be remembered for her legacy and requested no final services.
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