Harriet Faddis Wells, 70, of West Fork, Ark., passed away Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022, at her home. 

She was born Oct. 30, 1952, in Huntsville, Ark. Her parents were Doyle and Wilma Steele Faddis.

Harriet attended Fayetteville High School and the University of Arkansas. She was a waitress and bartender in Fayetteville for a few years. She made many friends and had a lot of great stories from this time.

In 1992 Harriet opened a resale shop on Block Street in Fayetteville. She named it “Cheap Thrills”. The business was very successful and she moved to a larger store on East Avenue. Harriet sold the store several years ago, but continued to be an active part of the business. She was a proud and happy participant when they celebrated Cheap Thrills’ 30th anniversary on May 8, 2022.

Harriet liked people, and they liked her. She was funny and forthright and could tell stories that kept people listening and laughing. She was the same person to everyone she met. She didn’t have different faces for different situations and different people. Harriet loved to travel. She made trips to Florida and Mexico with friends and family and enjoyed them greatly. She also liked to go to the casino. She and her mom had great fun going to the casino in Tupelo, Miss. She also enjoyed trips with friends to the Cherokee Casino.

Harriet came up with the idea to have Tuesday Night Dinner with family. It started with just three people, but over the years grew to involve as many as 12 relatives and friends. It became as important as any family occasion. This lasted for 25 years. She had a way of bringing people together. She called this “Peeps Night” because these were some of her “peeps”. She had more “peeps” than most people have acquaintances.

Harriet was preceded in death by her parents and infant brother, Joe Thomas. 

She is survived by her son, Justin Wells of the home; three sisters, Eloise Faur and husband, Saleh, Jan Roberts and husband, Bob, and Shelley Steele, all of Fayetteville; four nephews, Burke Fanari, Amjad Faur, David Breece and Paul Breece; one niece, Leslie Moline; three great-nephews and one great-niece, Fairlane, William, Theo and Rachel; and her almost granddaughter, Cy Starr.

Harriet’s greatest friend, Greta Allendorf, is the current owner of Cheap Thrills. They had some very good years before Harriet’s illness. Greta was by her side throughout her illness, and was Harriet’s greatest comfort.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Harriet Wells will be held at 5 p.m. on Jan. 18, 2023, at 229 N. Block St., Fayetteville, Ark. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Paws and Claws Pet Shelter, 2075 Madison 6555, Huntsville, AR 72740. 

Cremation is entrusted to Brashears Funeral Home and Crematory of Huntsville.