Sheila Wells

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Sheila Wells, 72, died surrounded by her loved ones on April 3 at her home in Moscow, Idaho. She had been diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer only 2 weeks prior. She had also been quietly battling Parkinson’s disease for over 10 years. Born Sheila Ane Baker, on June 30, 1944 in Moscow, Idaho, she lived there her entire adult life. She was an exceptionally devoted and caring daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Sheila was married to Pat Wells in 1961 and they raised three children, Greg, Joanie and Jeanne.  Pat and Sheila have 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren, with another very soon to be born. 

Sheila served in the Coast Guard Reserves for 2 years in the mid 1970’s, and she enjoyed her work there. 

Sheila began and ran her own wallpapering business, Cover Ups, for over 25 years in Moscow, Idaho. She was praised for her fine quality of workmanship as well as her professional dedication and her friendly demeanor. 


Sheila found her greatest joy and purpose in committing herself to her husband Pat, and raising her children. Sheila gave of herself completely and tirelessly to her family her entire life.  Although she lost her loving husband, Pat Wells two years ago, she lived and grieved with dignity and grace. She continued to give courageously and selflessly to her family. Words cannot express her dedication, sacrifice and selflessness to her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  


In addition to being a loving daughter and sister, she was a loyal friend and good neighbor to many. 


Sheila was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen Patrick Wells; mother, Carrie Foote; father, James Baker; step-father, Herb Foote; brother, Milan Baker; and granddaughter, Ashli Salisbury.


She is survived by her son Greg (Merri) of Coeur d Alene, her daughters, Joanie Wells Salisbury and Jeanne (Britt) Lindhorst of Moscow, and her sister Gwen Baker of Spokane, WA. 


The family will be holding a private memorial service.

6 Responses to Sheila Wells

  1. Sam Gill says:

    I was very sad to get the news that my aunt Sheila was so sick, and then so suddenly she was gone. She was such a terrific, soft heart soul. She taught me so much about life and structure. I always admired her hard work, compassion and dedication to her family. She certainly is a wonderful role model. She had this wonderful way in stepping in to help and make you feel better. Her quirkiness, her smile, her knack for listening to someone, completely, and taking to time to understand them, was certainly second to none that I have ever experienced. I have always thought of her when I look out my back deck and see Moscow Mountain, and I don’t think that will ever change. I am so fortunate to have had her as my aunt. I have always felt truly blessed to know her, she was second to none. Greg, Joanie & Jeane….my sincere sympathies. Your mother was of the finest people I have ever known. God bless you.

  2. Mary (Nunan) Yenney says:

    I am so sad for the loss of Sheila. I had the great opportunity to have worked with Sheila for many years through Brown’s Furniture. Sheila was very talented and had a great since of style! I always enjoyed having her work on my jobs because of her excellent work and her professional way she handled her business. I often would run into her in the store or mall and we would visit for quite a while on life and family after she retired. I considered her my friend. I am so sorry for the loss of your mother, grandma and our friend!

    Mary Yenney

  3. Ann Catt says:

    Sheila was a beautiful woman in every way! While working for The Latah County Historical she did much of the wall papering. I was blessed to spend many hours with her during those projects. Pat would some times come to help her and it was hilarious to watch those two, her on the scaffolding on wheels and holding paper for the ceilings and him pushing her along while she applied it. Part of her legacy will be there for all to behold for a long time to come. Rest in peace dear lady, I know you and Pat are holding on to one another.

  4. Rex Cosgrove says:

    Sheila & Pat , always so good and kind to me and so nice to work with and know. Pat ran by our house for years with a smile and a “Hello”. Sheila put the wallpaper in our home. So nice to know and share life with. Rex Cosgrove.

  5. Lana & Rich Lathrop says:

    It’s hard to believe that Sheila is gone…and so quickly. Our sister-in-law and friend has been in our lives since we were teenagers. As teens, young marrieds, young parents and into our senior years, though we were separated by distance, we were always family. My brother Pat and Sheila made many trips to Colorado over the years with Greg, Joanie, Jeanne and sometimes Charlie, the dog! We always loved our trips back “home” to Moscow, too.
    Sheila’s obituary is a beautiful representation of the person she was. Pat and Sheila were true partners from beginning to end and her family was her top priority always!
    We love you, Greg, Joanie and Jeanne and your families!

  6. Judy Tunnicliff says:

    I am so sad at Sheilas passing. I remember how Kim loved to go to her home when Sheila babysat for her. She would always holler when we were on the Troy Road and passed her house. Then when we moved back to Moscow we were neighbors and I helped Sheila with her wallpaper business. We had so much fun working together. Pat and Sheila were a wonderful couple. They were dedicated to each other and to their family. She will be missed by many. Greg, Joanie and Jeanne and your families I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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