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Obituary: Dorothy McKechnie Wells

Dorothy McKechnie Wells
Dorothy (Dottie) McKechnie Wells died peacefully on June 18, 2010 at her home in Boynton Beach, FL, surrounded by many of her large and loving family. She was the beloved wife of James R. Wells and the cherished mother of James R. Wells Jr. of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Nicholas M. (Renee) Wells of Lantana, FL, and Phoebe (Tedek) Wells-Gaj, RN, of Cambridge, MA. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Jennifer (Paul) Wells Jaquith of Pembroke Pines, FL, James R. (Jill) Wells III of Forest Hills, Nicholas M. (Andrea) Wells Jr. of Brooklyn, Erin (Michael) Wells-Schaefer of Royal Palms Beach, FL, Eoin Gaj of Salt Lake City, UT, Daire Gaj of Cambridge, MA, and Cormac Gaj of Cambridge. Dottie is also survived by four great-grandchildren and her brother A. Randall McKechnie of Cockeysville, MD. Her twin sister, Mary Botti, predeceased her in 2008.

Dottie and her siblings were born in Tokyo, Japan, to missionary parents and were subsequently raised in Great Neck, where their father was the rector of All Saints Episcopal Church for 35 years. In Florida, she was a founding member of St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church, where she devoted many years of service as a member of its Altar Guild. Dottie was a longtime member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held on June 25 at St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church. In lieu of flowers, the family would be most appreciative of contributions to the Altar Guild of St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church, 101 Homewood Blvd., Delray Beach, FL 33445. Lorne & Sons Funeral Home, Delray Beach was in charge of the arrangements.