Helen E. Wells, 76

Hospital social worker

August 07, 2007

Helen E. Wells, who worked in the social work department of St. Joseph Medical Center for more than two decades, died Friday of heart failure at her home in the Dulaney Valley Condominiums in Towson. She was 76.

The former Helen E. Lahiff, who was born and raised in Chicago, attended Rosary College.

She married George D. Wells in 1956, and the couple lived in Philadelphia and Salisbury before moving to Baltimore in the early 1960s. They later divorced.

Mrs. Wells began working in the late 1960s in the social work department of what was then St. Joseph Hospital.

"She helped lots of people and was always looking for better ways to help patients and their families. She brought a great deal of care and concern to her work," said Carole A. Sharp, a former department head. "She also was part of the team and played an instrumental role in establishing the addictions program at St. Joe's."

"She always had the desire to do something to help people," said a daughter, Lynda M. Foreman of Westminster.

When Mrs. Wells retired from St. Joseph after 25 years in the mid-1990s, she became an active volunteer with Meals on Wheels in Carroll County.

"She'd often go back and visit the people she had delivered meals to. She wanted to make sure that they were all right," Mrs. Foreman said. "Meals on Wheels was a big thing with her."

Mrs. Wells, who lived in Finksburg and Mays Chapel before moving to Towson a decade ago, enjoyed playing bridge.

She was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 20 E. Ridgely Road, Timonium, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. today.

Also surviving are three sons, Donald J. Wells of Hampstead, Michael G. Wells of Odenton and Gary P. Wells of Hanover, Pa.; another daughter, Marianne Tate of Hampstead; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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