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Ethel Belle Bell

November 21, 1924 December 24, 2009
Ethel Belle Bell
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BROCTON, IL --- Ethel B. (Morris) Bell, age 85 of Brocton, passed away from this life at 12:35 AM, Thursday, December 24, 2009 at Newman Rehabilitation and Health Care in Newman. Cremation has been requested, and there will be no services at this time. A memorial celebration of her life will be held on April 17, 2010. Standard Funeral Home in Oakland is assisting the family with arrangements. Ethel Belle Morris was born on November 21, 1924 in rural Woodson, Illinois, Morgan County, south of Jacksonville. She was the oldest child born to Charlie Ernest and Rose Isabelle (Brooks) Morris. Ethel was educated in Jacksonville, graduating from Jacksonville High School in 1943. On January 19, 1943 she married Edgar Asa Bell in Denver, Colorado. Survivors include her husband Edgar Bell of Brocton; three children, Charles Edgar Bell and wife Gloria (McDaniel) of Scottsdale, Arizona, Patty Kay Weber and husband Terry of Tallahassee, Florida, and Larry Ernest Bell and wife Pamela of Mahomet, Illinois; six grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; three brothers, Ernest Earl Morris of Joliet, Charles Lee Morris and wife Mary Ann (Settles) of Jacksonville, and Robert Wayne Morris and wife Deborah (Farmer) of Jacksonville; one sister, Rose Marie (Morris) Anders and husband Donald of Fort Collins, Colorado; and one sister-in-law, Shirley Ann (Hoots) Morris of Jacksonville. She was preceded in death by one brother, Jackie Dean Morris, and one sister-in-law, Rose (Neal) Morris. Ethel was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. For many years she and her husband owned Eddie Bell Hardware, Coin Wash, and Car Wash in Brocton, and she would run the store while Eddie did service calls. Ethel loved the Lord, and served as a member of the Oakland Christian Church, and the Ladies’ Aid Society. She enjoyed her Bunco group, flowers, gardening, cooking and sewing.

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