December 3, 2018


December 1, 2018                                                                                                                                                            Alexandria Bay, NY Velvet Anne Wells, 54, of Alexandria Bay passed away at Samaritan Medical Center on Saturday evening. Velvet was born on December 10, 1963 in Watertown, NY, the daughter of Ernest J. and Christine V. Denney Charleston.  She graduated from Watertown High School and worked as a caretaker for various properties in the Thousand Islands region. She owned and operated “Velvet Touch”, a property maintenance service company. A marriage to Kenny Wells ended in divorce. Velvet was a member of Save the River, Clayton, and the Moose Lodge in Florida.  She loved the St. Lawrence River. She is survived by her father Ernest J. Charleston Sr., Chaumont; brothers, Ernest J. Charleston Jr. and his companion Debra Moschell, Potsdam and Jeremy Warner, Jay, NY; and a sister Rebecca Zipper and her companion Richard, Orlando FL.  She is predeceased by her mother and her sister Laura Beth Charleston. Calling hours will be held from 4-7 pm with a memorial service led by Rev. Jeff McIlrath at 7 pm on Tuesday, December 4 th at Costello Funeral Home, Alexandria Bay. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County or to the Three Mile Bay Fire Department.
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