OSWEGO, NY – Vesta Manor Wells, 99, a resident of St. Luke Health Services, and a former resident of Montcalm Street in Oswego, passed away Tuesday July 15, 2014, at Oswego Hospital.
Mrs. Wells was born in Oswego on December 8, 1914.
She was the daughter of the late Frederick A. and Josephine P. Manor.
She was the widow of Frank G. Wells Jr.
Mrs. Wells was a life-long resident of Oswego where she graduated from Oswego High School and later attended The Rochester Business Institute at Oswego.
She was a secretary for the Oswego Telephone Office for two years before her marriage to Frank Wells in 1938.
Vesta served on the board of directors for the Orphan’s Asylum, the Ladies Home board and the Children’s Board.
She served as motor corps chairman of the Red Cross Blood Bank for 20 years and was a member of the Oswego Hospital Women’s Auxiliary.
She volunteered for Meals on Wheels, cancer drives and was a chairperson for the charity ball at the Hotel Pontiac.
Vesta belonged to the Hospital Twig, the Women’s City Club and was a Deacon of Faith United Church.
In her youth, Vesta performed in ballets at the Richardson and Strand theaters.
Later, as an original member of the Oswego Players, she held a lead role in Neil Coward’s “Hay Fever,” in 1941.
She was a life member of the Oswego Country Club.
She enjoyed cooking, decorating and especially social dancing.
She was an elegant lady.
Vesta is survived by a daughter, Constance Wells Trish (Patrick) of Hilton Head Island, SC.
She is also survived by six grandchildren who affectionately called her Meemah: Michael Trish of South Bend, Ind., Jennifer Turco of Las Vegas, Nev., Mark Trish of Hilton Head Island, SC, Bruce Johnstone of Lebanon, NH, Robert Johnstone of Plainfield, NH, and Kathryn McDonnell of Norwich, Vt.; 10 great-grandchildren; one nephew, Jeffrey Manor of Aurora, Colo,; one niece, Gail Marone of North Haven, Conn.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 55 years, Frank G. Wells, Jr.; a precious daughter, Sondra Wells Johnstone (Bruce) of Meriden, NH; a sister, Dorothy Putnam; and a brother, James Manor.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, September 22, in Page Memorial Chapel at Riverside Cemetery.
There will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Faith United Church in Oswego, or to the American Heart Association.
Arrangements are in care of the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home, Oswego.