Wells said she respects everybody, no matter their race or religion.
“There is one God for everybody and he’s always there to help,” she said. “I’ve always looked to God for help.”
Wells lost one son to a heart attack a year ago while he was en route to Plattsburgh for a visit.
“It’s hard to lose someone,” she said. “You just have to do the best you can.”
Her advice is never go to bed angry.
“Just be happy because you never know what the next day will bring,” Wells said.
Wells grew up in Saranac and has lived in Plattsburgh since 1980. She worked for 23 years as a nurse’s aid in the Samuel F. Vilas Home in Plattsburgh, until she was 83.
Her father was a farmer, but farming wasn’t her cup of tea, she said.
“People don’t realize what country life is,” she said. “I never liked farming.”
Wells’s mother died when she was 5 years old, but she remembers her mother like it was yesterday, she said.
Wells recalls tugging on her mom’s skirt asking for pie dough while her mother cooked in the kitchen.
She also remembers traveling to church in a horse-drawn coach with lanterns, which her father had rented.
Growing up in the country, Wells attended three one-room school houses.
“You didn’t fiddle around. You learned,” Wells said.
“I’m just an ordinary person,” she said. “I’ve had a good life. I’d do it again.”