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Death in the Family

Posted by knitpicking on 1 April 2007

I just found out that my first cousin once removed died last week. I wasn’t close to him – I saw him maybe once every couple of years at our annual family reunion. I’m a bit ashamed to admit that it took a few minutes for me to search my mental file to put a face with the name (in my defense, I come from a huge family with lots of name duplication).

But he was family, and I believe that relatives deserve to be remembered regardless of how close you were to them. So I am posting his obituary from the Hope Star:

Jeff Bell

MINERAL SPRINGS, AR–Jeffrey Wayne “Jeff” Bell, 57, of Mineral Springs died suddenly in a Nashville hospital on March 29, 2007. He was a rancher and owner of an excavation service.

He loved his family and friends and was a master storyteller. He was a perfectionist who took pride in a job well done as the beautifully sculpted rolling hills of the Bell farm attest. He was a member of Mineral Springs First United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Larry Marvin Bell and his mother, Cora Mae Bell.

Survivors include his wife and best friend, LaNelle Booker Bell, of Mineral Springs; one son, Ryan Bell and wife, Lisa, and their children, Jagger and Skye Bell, of Forney, Texas; one stepson, Michael Walters, of Orlando, Fla.; his father, J. F. Bell, of Mineral Springs; special mother-in-law, Wilma Booker, “Booker Momma,” of Washington; six sisters, Delilah Harbison, of Westfork, Kay Erwin, of Mineral Springs, Lisa Summerford, of Fayetteville, Pam New, of Texarkana, Jeri JOnes, of Nashville, and Tracy Hensley, of Mena; LaNell’s brother, Joe Booker, of Washington; one granddaughter, Taylor Bell, of Dallas, Texas, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 1, at Brazzel/Oakcrest Funeral Home in Hope, with the Rev. Jimmy Dale and Vickie Stephens officiating. Burial will follow in Mineral Springs Cemetery in Mineral Springs.

Arrangements are by Brazzel/Oakcrest Funeral Home in Hope. Family will receive friends on Saturday, March 31, from 6-8 p.m. at Brazzel/Oakcrest Funeral Home in Hope.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mineral Springs First United Methodist Church, Minder Springs, AR. or to Old Washington United Methodist Church, Washington, AR.

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A Joyful Heart

Posted by knitpicking on 11 April 2006

Today would have been my grandmother’s 89th birthday. She passed away last year, and I miss her terribly. She taught me a lot of important things about life.

She grew up in a time when there weren’t a lot of options for women. They were expected to be housewives and mothers. Her mother died when she was young, and as the oldest child, she cared for her younger siblings. She got married right out of high school, and had 5 children in 10 years. Looking at pictures of my grandparents when they were young, I could see that they didn’t have much to call theirs. But they looked happy with what they had.

I spent a lot of my summers on my grandparents’ farm. Tending cows, weeding gardens, shucking corn, and shelling peas gave me a deep appreciation for how much easier life is now. Plus, it gave me a startling realization at an early age about just where beef comes from. Quite an eye-opener.

Most of all, my grandmother always seemed to have a joyful heart. She enjoyed having some of the finer things in life (especially jewelry), but she seemed to be content with her life. She loved her family and friends, and she enjoyed her hobbies. A lot of people could learn from her attitude toward life.

Happy Birthday, Grandmother.

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