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Margaret Baum Wells

02/14/1928 - 04/12/2017

Burial Date: 04/18/2017

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Margaret Wells, 89, a former resident of Muscatine, passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo.

Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at the Geneseo Evangelical Free Church. Reverend Stephen Palm will officiate. Burial will take place in Greenview Memorial Gardens Cemetery in East Moline, Illinois.

Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. on Monday, April 17, 2017, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home, Muscatine. Memorials may be made to Geneseo Evangelical Free Church. Online condolences:

Margaret was born on February 14, 1928, in Astoria, Illinois, the daughter of John and Mary Burgard Baum. She married Paul David Wells on June 26, 1949 and later married Lawrence Smice. Both husbands preceded her in death.

Margaret was baptized at Church of the Brethren in Astoria, Illinois, attended Hillcrest Baptist Church in Muscatine, and later enjoyed being a part of bible study groups at Woodridge Assisted Living in Geneseo.

Margaret was a hard worker both at home and as an employee. She worked at Louis Rich, Rand McNally Book Warehouse, and as a dietician at Illini Hospital. A good friend to many, Margaret was always generous with her time and resources. She enjoyed helping people and spent much of her time in her later years giving rides to friends unable to drive themselves. She was an excellent baker. She is fondly remembered by many for showing up at sporting events with her chocolate chip cookies and hot chocolate to share. She enjoyed watching sports and especially loved watching any activity in which her grandchildren were participating. They, along with her children, were her pride and joy.

Those left to honor her memory include two sons, David Wells of Columbus Junction, Iowa, and Tim Wells and wife, Andrea, of Muscatine, Iowa; two daughters, Zina Akre and husband, Kent, of Geneseo, Illinois, and Shonna Teichman and husband, Dirk, of Fresno, California; eight grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert Baum and wife, Joann, of Ipava, Illinois; and two sisters, Judy Kellogg of Elmwood, Illinois, and Rosalie Harvey of East Moline, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and brothers, Russell, Raymond, Rodney, Richard, and Ronnie Baum; and four sisters, Frances Heller, Gartha Royer, Lola May Huff, and Leona Skiles.