Martha Mae Wells

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August 29, 1948 ~ October 14, 2022

Born in: Shreveport, Louisiana
Resided in: Euless, Texas

Martha Mae Richardson Wells, 74, of Euless, Texas, left this world to go home to our Lord and Savior on Friday, October 14, 2022. Martha was born on August 29, 1948, in Shreveport, Louisiana, to John Earl “Lucky” Richardson Sr. and Marie Estelle Evans. Martha was raised in Keatchie, Louisiana, with her older brother John Earl “Richie” Richardson Jr.
Martha graduated from Longstreet High School in Grand Cane, Louisiana, where she was #42 on the basketball team. As her father was a Mason, she was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and those values extended throughout her life and relationships. She had a beautiful, powerful voice and loved to sing and play piano. Her beautiful voice led her to sing on the Louisiana Hayride, local festivals, at home for family and friends, and most importantly, in more churches than can be counted, singing for the Lord, which she lovingly called “Pappa.”
Martha genuinely loved with her whole heart and soul. She could see beauty in everything and many things that others might overlook. Martha was very intuitive, and it was often said, “she must have a direct line to the man upstairs,” as her belief in the power of prayer was proven time and time again.
Always enthusiastic, upbeat, and kind, Martha was a joy. She enjoyed music, playing games, picturesque scenes, anything that bloomed, laughing, and playing jokes on those she loved and some strangers. No matter what, she’d do whatever it took to get a smile.
Martha fell in love with Cecil Wells and moved to Texas in 1990. Together they continued their love of family and connections with lifelong friends. The perfect match, as it was rare to see either without a smile. Cecil was the love of her life and always signed his cards and notes to her with a simple “I Do.”
Martha was preceded in death by her loving husband, Matthew Cecil Wells, her mother and father, Marie and Lucky Richardson, her brother, Richie Richardson, her daughter, Kayla Marie Gaines and her first husband and father of her children, Charles Adrian Gaines Jr. Martha is survived by sons, Charles Adrian “Chad” Gaines, III, and wife Krystal; Maurice Cecil Wells; Daughters, Cheryl Christine Gaines Bell, and husband Kevin; Dawn Renae Wells Becera and husband Ray; grandchildren Isabella Wells, Shelby and Jade Fields, James, Jason, and Kyle Bell; great grandsons Ryder Fields, Landon Bell and Andrew Bell and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins that she adored.
Visitation to be held at Wade Funeral Home on Thursday, November 3, from 6 to 9 pm. Graveside service will be officiated by our dear friend Dr. Ron Yamamoto and will be led by the Patriot Guard from Wade Funeral Home to the DFW National Cemetery in Dallas on November 4, 2022, at 9:30 am for a 10:30 am graveside.


Public Viewing: November 3, 2022 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013


Graveside Service: November 4, 2022 10:30 am

Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery
2000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas , TX 75211

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  1. “A sprinkle of heaven with a vision of God, every time Martha was in our presence” you touched us…

  2. Truly an unforgettable woman. Full of God’s love thru and thru. So sorry for y’all loss.
    Sending love and prayers for the whole family.

  3. CandleImageYou will truly be missed but you will always be in my heart. Prayers for the many family and friends.

  4. CandleImageMy second mom for a time in my life… who brought along a special sister for me, too. There are simply no words to describe the love that this lady gave. To me. To my own Momma. To everyone.
    She’s one that you could lose touch with but know that she always had your back. Or a prayer for you, if needed. I love this lady! And the family she is credited with!
    Rest well, sweet lady! Until we meet again…

  5. I always wanted to see Cecil and Martha when I visited Charlotte, Maurry and Dawn. She was always very friendly and smiling. This was a such a beautiful eulogy and fit Martha well. I always asked about her after Cecil passed…he was the brother I never had. She will be missed.

  6. I had the opportunity to know Martha for over 26 years. She taught me the power
    prayer. I’m so grateful to be able to call her my friend. My prayers are going up
    for this family. she will be missed.

  7. Martha was so very special to her Aunt Wilma. She was more like a daughter than a Niece. I came to know Martha after I married her aunt Wilma. And YES, she was like a sister. She did not know how to say no to anyone. We played and sang many a gospel song in my home. Every time she came to visit us, it didn’t take much convincing to get her to come to our church and sing. She had such a beautiful voice. She even wrote several songs. Martha will be forever missed. But I feel in my heart that she and her Aunt Wilma are singing again. If you listen closely, you too can hear them.

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