Denise Marie Wells (nee Wolff), 52, passed away July 7, 2011, at the Vancouver, Wash., branch of the Veteran's Administration Medical Center of cancer. She was born February 10, 1959, in Medford, Ore. She graduated from Eagle Point High School as salutatorian of her class in 1977, and then entered the nursing program at Southern Oregon University until 1979. She was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where she attended naval nuclear power school in Orlando, Fla., from 1979-1980 in the top 10% of her class. She resided in Penns., for many years after her discharge, working as a surety clerk for Safeco. In 2009, she moved to Central Point, Ore. Prior to her illness, Denise was employed in Medford, Ore., at the Hope House Transitional Center.

Denise is survived by her mother, Nancy Wolff; sister, Ann Thomas; stepsister, Teretha Martinez; stepbrother, Gari Wolff; daughters, Jennifer Cole and Tiphereth Wells; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. Her father, Clifford Wolff, preceded her in death.

Services will be held at the Eagle Point Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, Eagle Point, OR on August 5, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. Davies Crematorium and Burial Services, Vancouver, Wash., is handling the arrangements.