Maria “Lolita” Dolores Valdez Wells

Graveside services for Maria “Lolita” Dolores Valdez Wells, 88, Lawrence, will be 1:00 p.m. Monday at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Lawrence

Maria died Wednesday January 4, 2012 at Midland Hospice Care, Topeka.

She was born December 27, 1923 in Nueva Rosita, Coahuila, Mexico, the daughter of Juan and Matilde Isuegas Valdez. She married Robert “Verle” Wells on May 30, 1948 in Mexico.

While in Mexico, Maria taught dance and sang on the radio and on stage. After her marriage, she and Verle ultimately settled in Lawrence, Kansas and raised their three daughters. She was a dedicated wife and mother and she shared her artistic talents with her daughters. She was an accomplished artist, crafter and seamstress.

Maria is survived by her daughters: Jenny Sellman of LaHarpe; Marissa Harris of New Braunfels, Texas; and Nuria Lucas of Valley Falls; five grandchildren; Buffy and Robin Sellman, Justin and Samantha Harris, and Kelly Snap.

She was preceded in death by her husband Verle in 1974, and her five brothers: Juan, Adalio, Enrique, Ernesto, and Reynol.

Friends may call from noon to 8:00 Sunday at the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home where the family will receive them from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The family suggests memorials to Visiting Nurses or Midland Hospice Care in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Bob Semple...

Aunt Lolita was a kind and gracious lady. I always looked forward to seeing her when I was a young kid. Have you ever wondered what age we will be in heaven? As one of my daughters told me, “You’re either ripening or rotting”. There is a prime bodily time for each of us. One day will be our last on this earth. Jesus (who was only 33 when he died) said we could have eternal life. “God so loved us that He sent His only son that whoever believes in him should not die, but have eternal life” – John 3:16. Heaven allows us to see our Savior and each other forever. I am hopeful that I will recognize Aunt Lolita and Uncle Verle when I get there to thank them for the kindness they showed to me. May we each be comforted in the peace God offers to whoever believes in him.

From Tom Leach...

I am sorry to hear about Maria she was a good neighbor.

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