Mildred A. Wells Smith, 93, formerly of 3565 Route 394, Ashville, died at 12:55 a.m. Monday (April 2, 2012) at Heritage Village Rehab and Skilled Nursing.
She was born Feb. 15, 1919 in Ashville, N.Y., one of eight children of the late Cecil and Mabel Gunton Card.
Together with her late husband, Myron R. "Mike" Smith, she owned and operated the S&W Western Store in Stow, N.Y., which later became the Chautauqua Lake Gift Shop.
Mildred A. Wells Smith
A member of the Magnolia United Methodist Church, she also belonged to the Lady of the Lake Rebekah Lodge in Lakewood and, in earlier years, the Ashville Grange.
Mildred loved cooking and baking and was well known for her pies. She was always ready to open her home to all. She also enjoyed genealogy and gardening in her vegetable and flower gardens.
Surviving are a daughter, Marcia J. O'Brien of Ashville; two sons, Marshall H. (Joanie) Wells of Stow and Alfred C. Wells of Panama; seven grandchildren, Marcus H. Wells of Sherman, Travis H. Wells of Stow, Amy E. Ray of Mayville, Nancy J. Stowell of Ashville, Richard A. Delahoy Sr. of Douglasville, Ga., Douglas E. Wells of Stow and Daniel A. Wells of Jamestown; 10 great-grandchildren; one great- great-grandson; three sisters, Doris (Gerald) Clark of Holiday, Fla., Luella Nolan of Gerry and Janice (William) Camp of Stockton, N.Y.; a brother, Vern (Mary) Card of Lakewood; as well as many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her first husband, Marcus H. Wells who died in 1961, Mildred was preceded in death by her second husband, Myron Smith whom she married May 12, 1962 and who died April 20, 2010; a son, Donald C. Wells who died June 30, 2010; and three brothers, Cecil Jr., Lawrence and Charles Card.
The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 5 in the Lind Funeral Home. Burial was in the Magnolia Cemetery. Friends were received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice. You may light a candle in remembrance of Mildred at www.lindfuneralhome.com.