Jennie Wells, 80, Nashville, Tennessee

Jennie Wells, 80, of Nashville, Tennessee, died Tuesday, January 22, in Nashville. She was born in Jasper May 1, 1938, to Andrew P. and Carrie V. (Horney) Hopf. She married William “Bill” Wells of Nashville. He died November 28, 2008.

Jennie was a 1956 graduate of Jasper High School, the valedictorian of her class. She earned a full scholarship to St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute. She graduated in 1960 with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Minor in French. She attained a Master’s degree in English from Indiana University in Bloomington. She taught at the former Academy of the Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, at 10th Street School in Jasper, and at Vincennes University in Vincennes. After her marriage she did part time work as a traveling health research worker for the U.S. government. She and her husband traveled extensively throughout the United States. She was a former member of St. Ignatius Church in Antioch, Tennessee, and participated in scripture studies there. Her hobbies included reading, crossword puzzles, traveling, gardening, flea markets, antiques, and word games. Time spent with her family was especially important to her.

She is survived by one daughter, Cara Lynn Smythe and husband Kevin, Nashville, Tennessee; two grandchildren, Michael Ratliff, Las Vegas, and Kaitlyn Ratliff, Baltimore, Maryland; two sisters, Pat Hopf, Jasper, and Carol Dall and husband Norbett, Ferdinand; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Carrie Hopf.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Monday, March 4, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at A Mass of Christian Burial  will be held at 11 a.m. March 4, at the church followed by burial of ashes in Fairview Cemetery.

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