September 2, 1931 ~ April 13, 2020

Born in: Hopkinsville, KY
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

Mattie Sue Wells was born to Rosia Lee Smith Adams and Carl Henry Adams, Sr. on September 2, 1931, in Christian County, Kentucky. She moved to Indianapolis with her parents and brother Carl Jr. in her early teenage years.

She married Paul M. Wells on June 14, 1958. They raised two children, Raymond O. Henson and Aidreen Wells Hart. She adored her two children, sharing a close bond with her son and proud of her daughter.

Mattie Sue attended Indianapolis Public Schools. She worked at the Dixie Tomato Plant, retired from Imperial Packaging after 26 years and became a domestic worker after retirement.

She was baptized at New Bethel Baptist Church and later became a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church for over 40 years. In her last years, she enjoyed church services at Brooke Knoll Village Nursing Home where she resided.

Mattie Sue was a devoted mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend to all who knew and loved her. She valued education and fostered achievements in higher learning by encouraging and supporting her family members through school and college. She always looked forward to babysitting her grandchildren, shopping at Glendale Mall and to visits and calls from relatives.

She was surrounded by her family when she departed this life on Monday, April 13, at the age of 88 years. Her husband Paul, mother Rosia Lee Adams, father Carl Henry Adams, brother Carl Adams, Jr. and nephew Gregory Adams preceded her in death.

Mattie Sue leaves to cherish her memory, her son Raymond (Natalie) Henson, daughter Aidreen (Kelvin) Hart; grandchildren Nikki Jeannine, Tedra Joy, Janelle Rae (Jeffrey), Zahria Sheree, Kennedy Alexis; great-grandchildren Dylan Kyle, Treysen Javon, Jeffrey Allen; nieces Andrea Northington Angela Mitchell and Marva Jean Wells; nephew Dwayne Adams; dear cousins Annabelle Lewis, Effie Foster, Vonzella Allen, and Sharon Jagers; sister-in-law Barbara Adams; dear friend Dorinna Lash; and countless other relatives and friends.

The family extends a sincere thank you to the Brooke Knoll Village Nursing Home staff. They were true friends and caregivers to Mattie Sue, even ensuring her nails were always fashionable and to her liking. She appreciated all of you.

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  1. A mother is with you always. First in her lifetime, then forever in your memories. I pray for Your strength during this time.

  2. Raymond and Andrea, much love and big hugs to you and your family. What a blessing it was to reconnect w you both, and to get to know sweet Ms. Mattie; she always made me smile.

  3. Raymond and family,
    Know that your Cox family are praying for you in the loss of your precious Mother. God has given her rest and as Believers, we know this is a temporary separation until we meet her in Heaven. May God’s comfort and peace continue to sustain you. Love, Brenda Cox

  4. Raymond and family, we send our condolences and want you to know we are praying for you. May God give you peace and comfort during this time.

  5. May God Bless and comfort you as you have to depart from your love one. Remember Our Heavenly Father will be
    the One to bring you comfort in the days ahead. Continue to Look-Up, have faith and God Bless.

  6. Love you guys from Champaign, We are so sorry for your loss, We have you guys lifted up in prayer, God Bless you all, rest in heaven Mattie Sue, she will be missed.

    • May the God of all comfort help Aidreen, Raymond, and the family endure this time of sorrow. May your mom rest in heaven. Sending Love from Georgia!

  7. From the pastor and entire membership of Bethel AME Church Richmond, In. Our prayers and condolences go out to you

  8. With deepest Sympathy. May the beautiful memories of your special loved one “Mattie Sue” bring you comfort and solace during this difficult time. We love you all.

    When we leave this earth
    The love that we’ve given and received remain behind
    To light the lives of those
    we’ve touched…each memory a candle burning bright.
    Wishing you comfort in knowing how brightly
    Love shines on.❤️
    May God bless the family of Mattie Sue…RIP

  10. Our deepest sympathy to Raymond and the family, may the Lord give you strength during this difficult time.
    Love & Blessings
    Lena Barnett & Family

  11. Raymond we send our Love and Prayers to you our Brother and the Family during this difficult time.

    Glenn and Bennie Bradley

  12. We are continually praying for you family and we send our deepest condolences & love. Praying for Gods comfort and peace during this time and the days ahead! Love you all

  13. Raymond and Aidreen, my deepest sympathies to you and your families on the passing of your mom! She was one of the first to invite mom to sit at the lunch table upon her arrival at BK. She had a quiet, gentle spirit but had no problem voicing her opinion when she felt the need, and you usually knew before she spoke as she’d give you that look! She loved her children and I don’t know how many times she’d roll up on me in her scooter asking “where’s Raymond”? Miss Mattie rested in the fact that she was dearly loved by her family. I’d tell her how lucky she is to have such a dedicated son like Raymond and how much her children love her and she’d respond confidently, “I know”! Your family honored her well! Praying God will covers you with His comfort and strength and that you enjoy a peace that only He can give! God bless you all!!

  14. May the Lord bless you and keep you in His care, my dear family. His grace is sufficient! Miss Mattie Sue is safe in His arms. Peace and blessings…

    Love always,

  15. Raymond and Aidreen,
    I was sorry to hear of the passing of Ms. Mattie, but know that she is now in the presence of God where she will no longer experience pain, suffering or loneliness. Ms. Mattie was one of the first smiling faces we met at Brooke Knoll, and we know our mom liked and recognized her as a familiar friend! It was nice seeing Raymond there so often visiting his mom, and sharing an MCL dinner with her, which she loved.

    So as we say goodbye to Ms. Mattie, God is welcoming her into His Presence forever!
    Praying God’s peace to you and your family who will miss her dearly.


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