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Bernice Smith Wells presented with a West Columbia resolution to celebrate her 70th birthday

West Columbia, SC (Paul Kirby) – Mrs. Bernice Smith Wells was honored with a resolution that was passed by the City of West Columbia’s city council Tuesday night. They did this to celebrate her 70th birthday which was on February 13th of this year. She was surrounded by loved ones as the resolution was present to her by Mayor Pro Tem Temus “Tem” Miles.

Mrs. Wells was born in 1949 in Columbia, South Carolina, to the late Otto

Smith and Geneva Smith Montgomery. She attended Booker T. Washington High School. Later, she attended classes at the University of South Carolina and graduated from Southern Wesleyan University with a degree in Business Administration.

Mrs. Wells worked for and retired from South Carolina Archives & History. After retirement, she continued to serve others in her community by working as a volunteer at Sister Care, an organization that helps abused and battered women, for over ten years. She has also been an active member of the Brookland Baptist Church and the Ada Chapter #10 of the Eastern Star for many years. Mrs. Wells established the organization known as PALS, or Peers Approaches to Lupus Self-Management Study.

Mrs. Wells has been a citizen of the City of West Columbia since 1992. Here, she raised, loved, and supported her family as they grew into good citizens themselves. She cared for her family while still making the time to serve her community. She has three children, 12 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and two great-grandchildren on the way.

The resolution congratulated her for leading such a selfless, caring, and long life.

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