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By The Mercury

Nancy Jane (Blacker) Wells, 57, of Hutchinson, died Friday in Hutchinson. 

The family provided some of the following information.

She was born on Jan. 27, 1956, in Beloit. She was the daughter of James C. Blacker and Delores (Schaffer) Blacker Thomas.  Nancy was a graduate of Msgr. Luckey High School and studied Interior Design at Kansas State University.

She married Robert Harris and they had one son, Eric Clinton.  She later married Paul Arthur Wells and they were the parents of another son, Charles Christopher.

Nancy loved buying and selling antiques with her husband.  She spent much time working with her friend, Jo Johnson, at Bear Blessings, Jo’s antique shop in Hutchinson, where she had a large booth.

Nancy was a loving mother and grandmother.  She enjoyed many happy hours with her grandchildren and delighted in attending their dance recitals, programs and plays.

Christmas was her favorite holiday.  She collected Santas and displayed them prominently throughout her home at Christmas time, along with several beautifully decorated Christmas trees.  She enjoyed helping her brother decorate homes for the holidays in the Hutchinson and Wichita communities.

Survivors include her husband, Paul, of the home; two sons, Eric Harris and his fiancée, Jo Forshee, of McPherson, and Charlie Wells and his wife, Denise, of Hutchinson; her mother, Delores Thomas, of Manhattan; one brother, Timothy Blacker, of Wichita; two sisters, Debra Post and her husband, Louis, and Jamie Hill and her husband, John, both of Manhattan; a step-brother, Robert J. Thomas and his wife, Pam, of Lafayette, La.; two step-sisters, Barbara Bomes and her husband, Stephen, of Los Angeles, Calif., and Rebecca Thomas and her husband, Stuart Francone, of Denver, Colo.; four grandchildren, Amber Jellison Harris of Pratt, and Rebecca, Wyatt and Chase Wells of Hutchinson; several nephews and nieces, and many other relatives and friends in the Hutchinson and Manhattan communities.

Nancy was preceded in death by her father, her step-father, Arthur J. Thomas, and by her in-laws.

A Christian wake service will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel. The family will receive friends following the wake service until 8 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Seven Dolors Catholic Church, located at the corner of Juliette Avenue and Pierre Street, with the Rev. Joseph S. Popelka as celebrant and the Rev. Merlin Kieffer concelebrating. Interment will follow in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery on Elbow Creek east of Manhattan.

On-line condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website located at

A memorial has been established for the American Cancer Society. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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