Jennie Frances Wills


Jennie Frances Wills passed away at her Cortez home on Thursday, Oct. 20, at the age of 89. She was born the daughter of John and Mary (Devyak) Kern on March 2, 1927, in Maxwell, N.M.

On Sept. 2, 1947, in Raton, N.M., Jennie married William James Wills. Together they shared 61 years of marriage before Bill’s death in 2008. Jennie was an excellent cook, as well as enjoying sewing, collecting porcelain dolls, gardening and fishing.

Jennie is survived by her four children: Johnny Wills, of Pueblo, Colo., Shirley Saddoris, of Beulah, Colo., Sue Betts, of Cortez, and Jerry Wills (Vicki), of Pagosa Springs; six grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; and by her sister, Dorothy Leahy, of Raton, N.M. Preceding Jennie in death were her parents; her husband, Bill Wills; four brothers and three sisters.

Cremation will take place with no services to be held. Memorial contributions can be made in Jennie Wills’ name with Hospice of Montezuma, P.O. Box 740, Cortez. To send condolences or to view the full obituary, log on to and click on the obituary section.