Coshocton – Our beloved Elnora Katherine Wells, 94, of Warsaw, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at AlterCare of Coshocton, where they lovingly cared for her the last 13 years.
She was born in Letart Falls, Ohio, on September 18, 1927, daughter of the late William Orville and Ruth Beauchamp (Alexander) Barnitz. She spent her childhood growing up in Pomeroy, Ohio with her 7 siblings. Elnora met her late husband Robert Wells while studying at The Ohio State University where she graduated in 1949 with a Bachelor Degree. She then married Robert shortly after graduation and they began their life together in Evanston, Illinois, where Robert enrolled in seminary.
They arrived in Coshocton County in June of 1952, where they began their ministry. Elnora taught for 30 years at Union Elementary School until her retirement in 1992. Elnora and Bob would run Wells Greenhouses in Warsaw which allowed them to fulfill their passion for beautifying the community they so loved. Elnora loved travel and was fortunate to visit many places on various trips with friends and family. Hawaii, Israel, Egypt, Kenya, and Australia being a few of her favorite adventures. She fostered this love of travel and experiencing different cultures in her children and grandchildren, always happy to recount travel stories.
Elnora was a member of the Walhonding Valley Grange, Coshocton County Farm Bureau, Nellie Chapel United Methodist Church and the Warsaw Lions Club. She loved all her Wells Greenhouse friends. The Wells family would especially like to thank Sandy Zimmer for the hundreds of times she visited Elnora at AlterCare.
She is survived by sons Lynn and Kim Wells, granddaughter Olivia Wells, grandson Adam Wells, her former daughter-in-law Mary Jo Wells, two sisters, Wilma Nelson, Billie Jean Hoelscher and brother Robert Barnitz. She is predeceased by her husband Robert who passed away in 1993, daughter Kay Hollingsworth and son-in-law David Hollingsworth, sisters Bernice Carpenter, Julia Young, Thanet Kramer, and brother Hayman Barnitz.
A private graveside service will be held on Thursday August 4. Due to the increase in Covid activity in Coshocton there will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the charity of your choice. A celebration of Elnora’s life will be scheduled for a later date. The Fischer Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Condolences can be shared at fischerfuneralhome.com.
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