Phyllis Alden Wells


1919 – 2014

TURNER — Phyllis Alden Wells, 95, of Turner, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Dec. 20. Her family and caregivers were at her side.

Phyllis was born in Turner and grew up on a farm in Turner, graduating from Leavitt Institute. She married Joseph Albert Marsden, who later died in the Philippines in World War II. They had two daughters, Carolyn and Kathryn Marsden.

She married Forest M. Wells and they had three sons, Daniel, Randall and Calvin; Forest predeceased Phyllis in 1986.

Her great love was for her family and friends. She enjoyed knitting sweaters and crocheting afghans for everyone in her family. She was also a wonderful cook, which her family and many neighborhood children enjoyed throughout the years.

She loved birds and would tease that the cardinal and the evening grosbeak had come to her feeders, when other family members were wishing they would come to theirs.

She loved to read when time allowed. Summers at camp on Bear Pond were fantastic times with the children and their cousins. Phyllis was instrumental in helping form CFWells Woodturning with her son, Calvin.

She was a member of the First Universalist Church in Turner Center and the Ladies Circle, as well as a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Marsden Honaker and husband, Scott, of Turner; two sons, Daniel Wells and wife, Patricia, of Boothbay and Randall Wells and wife, Nancy Clark, of Turner; and a son-in-law, Donald Bouchard, of Orrington. Phyllis especially loved babies and was blessed with 15 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren, whom she greatly enjoyed.

She was predeceased by her two husbands; a daughter, Kathryn Marsden Bouchard, in 2008; a son, Calvin Wells, of Turner in 1995; and two brothers, Gerald Alden of Auburn and Russell Alden of Stockton Springs.

The family would like to thank her many caregivers, especially Courtney, Amanda and the two Wandas; plus the Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice for their wonderful care. Phyllis will be greatly missed.

You are invited to share your condolences with the Wells family by visiting her guest book at