Margie Elliott Wells passed away on Sept. 9, 2021 in Gladstone, MO. She was born on April 8, 1934 in DeKalb Co, Indiana to Ernest and Retha Grable.
Margie attended a one-room school house, graduated from Butler HS (Indiana) and attended Olivet Nazarene College (Illinois) for two years. After getting married and starting a family, they moved from Findlay, Ohio to Kansas City.
Margie, working as a secretary for many years continued in that capacity in KC at Nazarene Headquarters for the Board of General Superintendents. In her early 30s, she obtained her teaching degree from Avila, and then her M.S. in Ed. from CMSU at Warrensburg. Her teaching career spanned 26 years which included Blue Springs, Clinton and North KC (retiring from Oak Park HS).
As a Nazarene church organist for over 30 years, she played for numerous weddings and shared her musical talent with many piano students. She was also an accomplished seamstress and managed to do extensive genealogy work.
Margie traveled the country on a Goldwing motorcycle with her former husband, Dick Elliott who passed away in 2003. She also enjoyed spending time with his daughters, Arlene (John) Castanada and Elaine (Dan) Wilson of St. Joseph, MO and their children and grandchildren.
In 2005 Margie married Dean Wells and together they also enjoyed traveling. They spent time in Branson, at various southern gospel events, and took a few cruises. They shared their love of Christian music and faith visiting nursing homes and senior group events. Dean played his bass or guitar while Margie played the accordion.
Margie was preceded in death by her sister-in-law Nan Grable, niece Amy Grable, nephew Brian Grable, and step-daughter Debbie Hodapp.
Survivors include her husband Dean; daughters Leilani (Richard) Suellentrop of Colwich, KS; Kayla (Larry) Keiss of Lincoln, NE; grandchildren Andrew (Miriam) Suellentrop; Jonathan Suellentrop; Liz (Tim) Dinh; Greg (Lisa) Suellentrop; Autumn Slaughter; great-grandchildren Oliver and Eleanor Dinh; Charlie Suellentrop; brother Ron Grable; nephews Ed (Lea) Grable and Brent Grable, many great nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Margie’s life will take place 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 4, 2021 at Souder Family Funeral Home in Kansas City, MO. Memorials can be made to the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Greater Compassion Fund, 17001 Prairie Star Parkway, Lenexa, KS.