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Local woman serves veterans through work with Ladies Auxiliary

Local woman serves veterans through work with Ladies Auxiliary

Livingston resident Sue Wells is the California president of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.


POSTED August 29, 2009 11:41 a.m.
Livingston resident Sue Wells can be seen at her local Ladies Auxiliary pancake breakfast cooking up a mean breakfast of fluffy pancakes or coordinating a Veteran’s Day memorial celebration. She might seem like just an ordinary member of the Ladies Auxiliary club, but she is the California president of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  
Wells has a heavy load of responsibilities on her plate, but she loves every second of her job. Not only is she responsible for 24,049 members in California, she is also responsible for 22 districts statewide. Other than her Auxiliary responsibilities, she has eight children, 18 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren to take care of.  
Wells is originally from Peoria, Ill. and moved to California in 1956. She was born into a military family with her grandfathers, uncles, cousins, nephews, her father and son active in the military. Also, all five of her sisters and her mother were a part of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.   
Her military background is the reason why she became a part of the Ladies Auxiliary, Wells said.  
“The main goal of the Ladies Auxiliary is to serve the veterans and fight for their rights,” she said.  
As president of the California Auxiliary, Wells oversees veterans holiday celebrations and answers to the national organization. She makes an effort to visit all veterans medical centers in California and gives donations to a variety of programs.  
Wells enjoys her job helping others and taking an active role in the community.  
“I like the people, meeting with the members and the challenge to solve problems,” Wells said.  
This year, Wells was selected to delegate the 96th National Convention held Aug. 15-20 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona.  
The conference went well and it gave her the opportunity to recognize the different programs the Ladies Auxiliary offers, Wells said. There were people from all over the country at the conference.  
When Wells isn’t busy being the president of the California VFW Auxiliary, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. She also takes an active role as a charter member of the Thom Jenkins Auxiliary in Coulterville and she is a lifelong member of the Livingston and Delhi Auxiliary where she is the secretary and treasurer.
After her year of being president is over, Wells is interested in becoming a national council member working between representing the national level and the department level.  
“It sounds good and I just want to feel it out,” Wells said.  
Through her years of hard work, there is one thing that keeps Wells striving for more.  
“Most importantly, I like aiding veterans and their families,” Wells said.   
To contact Maegan Martens, e-mail mmartens@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2015. 

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