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Adele Wellford biography: 10 things about Charlevoix, Michigan woman


Adele Orgill Wellford lives in Charlevoix, Michigan, United States with her husband James Beasley Wellford. She is one of the four daughters of Joseph Orgill III and Irene Leatherman Orgill.

From 1968 to 1980, Joseph was the president of Orgill Brothers & Co, a hardware firm founded in 1847 and based in Collierville, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA. From 1981 to 2005, he served as chairman of the board in the company, which was renamed Orgill, Inc. in 1996.

Adele grew up in Memphis, Shelby County. Here are 10 more things about her:


  1. She is 5 years younger than James. They have one son and one daughter together.
  2. In 1961, her younger sister also named Irene Leatherman Orgill was born. His sister Irene is married to Fred Smith.
  3. In 1966, her younger sister Anne Orgill was born. Anne is married to Michael E. Keeney.
  4. In 1968, her younger sister Kate Orgill was born. Kate is married to Michael J. Buttarazzi.
  5. In 1979, she served as Queen Isis XL of the Grand Krewe of Osiris in Memphis.
  6. In 1982, she gave birth to Gil Wellford.
  7. In 1987, she gave birth to Eliza Wellford. In the same year, her younger sister Anne served as Queen Isis XL of the Grand Krewe of Osiris in Memphis. In 2008, Eliza served as Queen Isis LXVIII of the Grand Krewe of Osiris in Memphis. In 2009, her niece Kate Orgill Smith served as Queen Isis LXIX of the Grand Krewe of Osiris in Memphis. In 2012, her niece Annie Orgill Buttarazzi served as Queen Isis LXXII of the Grand Krewe of Osiris in Memphis.
  8. On March 8, 2014, her daughter Eliza married Richard Fletcher III at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis. During the wedding, she wore a Lanvin dress adorned with butterflies.
  9. On March 12, 2018, her father died at Baptist Hospital in Memphis after a brief illness. He was 80.
  10. On September 2, 2022, her daughter Eliza was abducted in Memphis allegedly by Cleotha Abston, then 38. On September 3, 2022, she, James, Richard and Gil joined Keeney, her brother-in-law, who made a video statement to the public after Eliza’s disappearance. She was 63 years old when Eliza was found dead on September 5, 2022 in Memphis.

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