Services will be held Monday for Laura Ann Wells, 21, of Elma, who died Thursday (Sept. 9, 1999) in Children's Hospital after a lifelong struggle with cystic fibrosis.
Born in Buffalo, Miss Wells was a lifelong resident of the Buffalo area and graduated from Iroquois Central High School in 1995. She had successfully completed 3 1/2 years of college and was due to graduate last May from Buffalo State College with a degree in speech and language pathology but could not complete the semester because of her illness.
Miss Wells' dream was to become a speech and language pathologist, according to her mother, Jacquelyn F. Wells.
"She had all the desire and dreams to become successful," Mrs. Wells said. "She struggled so hard her whole life to be healthy and do all the things she could. She was a hero. She fought so many, many hard battles."
During 1998, Miss Wells also worked at the Exquisite Taste Coffee Shop in East Aurora. She was a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association.
Family members recalled her love for her black Labrador retriever, Max, who was a close companion.
In addition to her mother, survivors include her father, Dr. James W. Wells, both of Elma; and grandparents, James J. and Doris Maxine Reed of Dunnellon, Fla.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Urban-Amigone Funeral Home, 7540 Clinton St., Elma. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery, Gowanda.