Ann Tobin Wells
Ann Tobin Wells, artist, environmentalist, animal lover, friend to many, died Jan. 2, 2005. She was born Nov. 19, 1936. Ann leaves her husband of 34 years, Dr. Joseph (Jay) Wells of Silt, her mother Dorothy Tobin of Bay City, Mich., brothers Patrick Tobin (wife Susan) of Traverse City, Mich., Tim Tobin (wife Jan) of Bay City and John (Jack) Tobin of Santa Monica, Calif.; her nieces Jennifer, Suzannah and Stephanie; nephews Benjamin and Patrick; and her stepsons Daniel Wells (wife Lois Wells) of Bethlehem, Pa., Thomas Wells of Buchanan, Mich., James Wells of Basalt and David Wells (wife Barbara Love) of Austin, Texas. The Wellses’ grandchildren include Laura of Baltimore, Jonathan of Stamford, Conn., and Brian and Bill of Basalt.Ann’s father, John (Jake) Tobin, preceded her in death. Ann was an accomplished artist and her many beautiful paintings, sculptures and weavings remain forever as her legacy. She was generous to a fault and will be remembered as a dedicated contributor to her many causes and charities. Her love for life, family, close friends and her beloved cats, dogs and horses sustained her through a difficult battle with leukemia, which she fought vigorously to overcome for the past two years. She will be missed immensely by all those whose lives she touched.In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that a contribution be made to Animals Two by Two Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 832, Silt, CO 81652, a nonprofit animal sanctuary and educational foundation.There are no services scheduled at this time. Rifle Funeral Home is handling all arrangements.
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