WELLS, Edith May

1921 - 2000

As Edith May Cotton, she was born at Woodbridge, Suffolk on 7 July 1921, daughter of Benjamin Cotton (28 July 1877-1954), a farm labourer, and his wife Alice née Dunnett (19 August 1879-1961), who married at Woodbridge in 1903, and in 1939 were living at Rose Hill, Grundisburgh, Ipswich with their two sons Harold Sydney (20 September 1906-1980), a newsagent and Wilfred Mervyn (20 August 1916-1997), a shop assistant. As Edith May Cotton, in 1939 a cook in the household of solicitor Cecil Oakes and his family at Burgh Cottage, Burgh, near Woodbridge, Suffolk and she married in 1956 Albert Wells. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1950-1972 and was a regular exhibiter from 'Firlee', 15 Moorfield Road, Woodbridge, exhibiting in 1950 a miniature 'Portrait of a Girl'; in 1951 two pictures 'The Heronry, near Walberswick' and 'Grief'; in 1953 'A Spanish Lady' and 'Ancient House, Bermuda' and in 1955 a crayon drawing of a girl. In 1960 she exhibited two watercolours 'Ancient Oak and Keeper's Cottage' and 'The Town Clerk' and exhibited two pictures in 1961, one in 1963, two in 1964 'Well Earned Rest' and 'The Quiet Listener' with a final exhibit the following year. She died in the Deben district of Suffolk in October 2000.