Kelly Ann Wells

January 29, 2019

November 16, 1965 - January 22, 2019

Kelly Ann Wells, a life-long resident of Joplin, Mo., passed away unexpectedly at her home on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at the age of 53.

Kelly was born on November 16, 1965 to James and Erika Wells. She graduated from Parkwood High School class of 1984. Kelly earned two Bachelor's Degrees in Education from Missouri Southern State University and impacted the lives of many students and staff members during her career as a middle school teacher. Kelly was a long-standing member of First Christian Church, in Joplin, where she was dedicated to the youth, chairing the Christian Education Committee and organizing vacation Bible school several times. She had a lifelong passion for reaching out to those who were not able to attend church and ministered to the homeless population.

Kelly will always be remembered for her love of her cats (Bearcat, Pea Pod, and Panda), Card Confetti, Stand Up comedy routines, celebrating and decorating for every holiday, dressing up and trick or treating with her mother every year, and bringing crafts for the children to the Wells family reunions. She was a practical joker and prankster, coordinated block parties for the neighborhood children on her visits to Broken Arrow, and took many road trips with her sister to visit her grandmother in Perry, Mo. She was passionate about the Card Ministry in the church and sent bulletins to those who no longer attended. She also delivered many of the children's messages. Kelly tried her hand at entrepreneurship (Bird Poop Protectors and Hamster Harnesses), and ran around with the neighborhood gang (Rhonda, Jayne, Kathy, Chris, Addie, and Rickie . . . and others that may not have been mentioned). She never met a stranger, was a free spirit, 'The Life of the Party', and had a kind heart. She also had a fierce love of her nephews and great niece. Over the past few years, Kelly faced several challenges and we take comfort that she is now resting in God's arms.

Kelly is survived by her parents, James and Erika Wells, of Joplin; her sister, Karen Redden and husband, Bill, of Broken Arrow, Okla.; nephews: Spencer Redden, Parker Redden and wife, Alisha; great niece, Laurel Bea Redden; and a host of uncles, aunts, and cousins.

The family will hold a celebration of Kelly's life at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 31st, at First Christian Church, in Joplin.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, in Joplin, or The Joplin Humane Society.