Wells retires from Leachville Senior Center
It was a tearful good-bye as senior citizens at the Leachville Center bid June Wells goodbye on Friday, her last day on the job.
Wells has served as site director at the Leachville Center for the past eight years. The Center services Leachville and Manila senior citizens.
Senior Citizens served homemade cake and ice cream and gave Wells a monetary gift.
Wells said she plans to buy something to place at her home so when she looks at it, it will remind her of her good friends at the center.
"They are a wonderful bunch of people to work with. They are like my family," Wells said. "These people are the ones that have made our country what it is today. I feel fortunate to have been able to get to know them through the years."
Wells also received several gifts including flowers, a candle, a miniature, lighted church, and a cup.
Wells said she will miss everyone at the center but she is ready to try retirement. She said she has worked on and off all of her life and she is looking forward to taking care of her home and spending more time with her family.
She is married to Ralph Wells and they have three children and two grandchildren.
Their youngest son, Brice, is getting married in December. Their daughter, Dena, is married to John Field and they have two children, Alex and Ashley. Their oldest son Barry, lives in Leachville.
"I think everyone will be happy with the new site director that will be here Sept. 16. She is the new pastor's wife at First Baptist Church, Becky Applegate," Wells said.
Wells said she plans to visit and told all of her friends at the center she will still be around and they can visit her.
The Leachville Senior Center is very important to the area and Wells said it averages a daily attendance of 25. On an average day the center will feed 60 senior citizens at the center and home deliveries for those that cannot get out.