Milease Britton Wells, 86, of Jacksonville, FL, transitioned Sunday, January 6, 2019, at the Fort Caroline Gardens Assisted Living Facility.
Generations come and generations go, but the earth never changes. Ecclesiastes 1:4
A Time to be born – Milease B. Britton Wells was born August 25, 1932 in Blackshear to Cearria Leone Britton and Walter Britton Sr. She was the ninth of 15 children.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill; her first two children, Sandra and Garrison; five sisters, Martha Britton, Carnette Britton, Mildred Britton, Charlese Booker, Catherine Young and Elnora Twyne and one brother, Walter Britton Jr.
A Time to Learn – Milease attended Pierce County Elementary and Lee Street High School graduating in 1950.
A Time to Love – Shortly after graduating from high school, she followed her oldest sister, Paris, to Jacksonville, FL where she met and fell in love with Willie (Bill) Wells Jr. They were married on January 6, 1956. Upon his discharge from the military they settled in Jacksonville and started a family. Unfortunately, tragedy struck and they lost their first two children at an early age. But this did not deter them from completing their family circle with two more children.
A Time to seek God – Raised and wrapped deeply in her faith, she acknowledged her relationship with God at a very early age. She was raised African Methodist and later joined the Baptist church along with her husband. She was very active in her church and proudly served as a deaconess for many years.
A Time for a Career – She was a working “mom” and she did it with grace, love and talent. She had a successful career with the United States Postal System and retired after 27 years of service. She was a self- taught seamstress and upon retirement, she continued to sew, doing alterations for family and friends as well as designing her own clothing. She was faithful in providing service to members of the community and being a caregiver at local nursing homes.
A Time for Transition – Failing health caused her to be moved to Fort Caroline Gardens Assisted Living Facility in March 2018, where she remained until her death. Her death was on the 63rd anniversary of her marriage. (Some say her husband Bill came to get his bride on that special day.)
She leaves to cherish her memory seven siblings, Paris Bryer, Mamie Jean Turner, Marva Pinkney, Carl (Mary) Britton, Charlotte Simpson, Billye (Clyde) Britton and Barbara Faye Britton; two sons, Nicholas (Vannette) Wells and Stephen (Terryl) Wells; six grandchildren, Nicola “Punkin” Thomas, Nateaca Jackson, Nicholas Wells Jr., Natasha Wells, Jonathan (Briyanna) Wells and Jamal (Sierra) Wells, seven great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, sister-in-law Melvine Britton, and other in-laws.
A celebration of life service was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, from the Christ Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2335 N. Davis Street, Jacksonville, FL, where the Rev. Darrell Gilyard is the pastor.
Weston’s Mortuary of Jacksonville, FL, was in charge of arrangements.