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Danielle Tennielle Wells, lovingly known as NeNe, passed away on October 30, 2023, at the age of 46.
Danielle, born on November 15, 1976, was the beloved daughter of James and Ruth Wells, and her presence brought immense joy to their lives. She entered this world in Pascagoula, MS, and from an early age, it was clear that she possessed extraordinary qualities.
Danielle graduated with honors from Pascagoula High School in May 1995, where her dedication to education shone brightly. Her impressive test scores on the PSAT and ACT granted her multiple scholarships. Although she initially pursued a degree in English/Language Arts with aspirations of a career in Prelaw, she earned an Associate degree in Health Unit Coordination upon completing her studies at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. She also continued her studies at the University of New Orleans, majoring in English/Language Arts, showcasing her unwavering commitment to learning and personal growth.
Danielle's professional journey was diverse and reflective of her versatility and dedication. She worked at Public Warehouse, We Care Daycare, Union Planters Bank, T-Mobile, and JCPenney leaving an indelible mark with her hard work and professionalism.
While attending Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Danielle embraced her faith and became an active member of the Baptist Study Union, demonstrating her unwavering commitment to her beliefs in Jesus Christ. She also joined various Gospel groups and choirs, sharing her beautiful voice as a vessel of worship. Beyond her dedication to her faith, Danielle found joy in hobbies such as board games, crocheting, and planning activities that brought happiness to children and youth. She had a special love for shows like Law and Order and other crime dramas and a passion for track and field, college football, and basketball. Her gift of song touched the hearts of many, and she found great fulfillment in nurturing the spiritual growth of children and youth through her role as a Bible teacher.
She was a devoted member of New Covenant Community Ministries International under the leadership of Senior Pastor Jerry Thompson and his wife, Lady Diane Thompson. Danielle's unwavering commitment to her faith was evident in every aspect of her life. She served as a valued member of the Praise and Worship team. Her dedication made her an integral part of The Daughters of Covenant, a ministry focused on empowering women in their spiritual journey. Danielle's close friendship with her college roommate, Terra Odom, allowed them to work together in serving the Youth Choir and the D.O.V.E.S. ministry, where she served as an assistant. Through these efforts, Danielle touched the lives of countless young individuals, guiding and nurturing them in their own spiritual growth.
Danielle was a devoted Children's and Youth Teacher at New Covenant for over two decades. Her steadfast commitment to passing on the teachings of her faith to the younger generations left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of her students. Her unwavering loyalty and dedication to her church family earned her a place of honor in their hearts, and she will be remembered for her selflessness and commitment to her beliefs.
Danielle "NeNe" Wells gracefully exemplified what it means to live out one's faith with love and devotion. Her unwavering commitment to God and her service to others will be cherished and celebrated by all whose lives she touched.
Danielle was preceded in death by her beloved grandparents, Robert Gordon and Annie Louise Gordon, and her nephew, Taymon Gordon.
Though she leaves behind countless cherished memories, she is survived by her parents, James and Ruth Wells, and siblings, Terrell Gordon, Joseph Wells, Candace Wells, and Emmanuel Wells. She was a cherished aunt to her nephew and niece, Kainen Rush and MaKenzie Rush. Danielle's extended family includes numerous cousins who shared countless laughter-filled moments with her, an aunt who held a special place in her heart, her church family, and a host of dear friends and loved ones.
She will forever be remembered for her infectious laughter, warm heart, and deep compassion for others. Her immense impact on the lives she touched will be cherished and celebrated.
Danielle's love and legacy will forever be etched in the hearts of those she touched.