Former Madera resident Cora Graham Wells will celebrate her 100th birthday a few days early on Saturday.
She was born in Earlsboro, Okla. on May 28, 1913 to Lucinda and John Graham. She and her family moved to Madera in the late 1920s. In 1931 she married the love of her life, Joseph Lee Wells, Sr. Their love and marriage was strong, loving and dynamic for 68 years, until his death in 1999.
Cora has enjoyed a rich and life-long involvement with her Christian church, Church of God in Christ. In Madera, she was active in the Sunrise Church of God in Christ. She was a regular at Sunday School, bible study, Sunday services and prayer meetings. She was always helpful and supportive of many church functions, baking cakes or pies, making potato salads, or bringing home-made canned goods.
She took great pride in her handiwork, designing and sewing many of her own clothes including suits, dresses, skirts, blouses, and all manner of handicraft and needle work. Her embroidery adorned pillowcases, doilies, tablecloths and table runners. She made everything from scratch and from memory; cakes, pies, roasts, pickles, bread — you could name a dish and she could fix it, from scratch and from memory, perfectly! Guests were always welcomed in her home, originally located at 28770 Avenue 14. Her husband Joe built their home with the help of his father Coran Wells...