Nancy Wells, 92


Nancy Wells, a former Wilton resident, died June 7, 2015, at the Watermark, an assisted-living facility in Southbury. She was 92.
She was born in February 1923. She attended Douglas College in New Jersey in the early 40s and later worked for NBC and the BBC.
She and her husband, James T. Wells, were married in 1946. In 1964 they purchased a Cape Cod-style house on Seir Hill Road at the corner of Deepwood Lane, where they raised three children: Jeffrey, Laura and Tony.
She loved show business, plays, films, music. She acted in several plays in New Jersey, including Somserset Maugham’s The Constant Wife, and directed two or three plays at the Wilton Playshop, including Plain and Fancy. She also acted in two or three Wilton Playshop productions, including Toys in the Attic.
She was partners with Connie Bonham in her own Wilton real-estate business, Bonham-Wells, in the late 70s and early 80s.
“She gave me everything — life, love, love of the arts (she turned me on to Peter Tchaikovsky, Ingmar Bergman, Alfred Hitchcock, John Updike, Frank Sinatra, George Gershwin … the list is infinite) and particularly a love of theater,” her son Jeffrey said.” She was the beating heart and balm of our family.”
Nancy is survived by her son Jeffrey Wells, who lives in West Hollywood, Calif., and his children, Jett and Dylan, both of New York City.
She was predeceased by her daughter Laura, who died in 2008 and son Tony, who died in 2009, and her husband James, who died in 2008.
A gathering of Nancy’s family and friends will take place in the Wilton-Georgetown-Redding area on Saturday, June 13. Anyone wishing to attend may contact Jeffrey at gruver1@gmail.com.