June 8, 1926 – May 17, 2013

Joan L. Wells, of Elma, who had worked in advertising for The Buffalo News, and as a waitress and seamstress, died Friday in Sisters Hospital after a brief illness. She was 86.

The former Joan Lorenz, who was married to the late Robert L. Wells, lived in the Elma-Alden area her entire life.

She was invited to the White House by President George W. Bush in 2007, when he was talking about Medicare Part D, the government prescription drug plan.

“Before this, I couldn’t buy a gosh darned pair of socks,” Mrs. Wells told the president in praise of the program.

She worked in the Advertising Department of The News for 20 years and also spent 10 years as a waitress at the West Alden Kitchen.

She also was a seamstress in her hometown.

She is survived by a son, Robert M., and a daughter, Susan Rodgers.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Sandridge Road, Alden.