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Memorial for Mary Elizabeth Bell

Born in Maize, Kansas on Dec. 7, 1913
Departed on Jun. 29, 2019 and resided in Albany, Oregon.
Service: Saturday, Jul. 13, 2019
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Mary Elizabeth Bell
December 7, 1913 - June 29, 2019

Mary Elizabeth (Eberstein) Bell passed away at the Mennonite Nursing Home on Saturday, June 29 at the age of 105. She was born December 7, 1913 in Maize, Kansas to Alfred and Laura (Sites) Eberstein now deceased. She had a brother, George Eberstein, and sister, Alpha Krause, both deceased. She graduated from North Wichita High School in 1931. The depression made further education impossible so in 1932 she became a hair dresser which she worked as until 1945 but continued to do hair for family and friends for many years.
She married Paul G. Bell on November 11, 1939 in Wichita, Kansas. The summer of 1944 they visited family in the Corvallis area, returned home and two years later moved out to Oregon. They settled on a small farm three miles east of town where they lived until 1986 when Paul retired and they moved to the Mennonite Village in Albany.
Mary was involved in the Extension Service for 45 years and a member of the Dixie-Orleans neighborhood club for 58 years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Corvallis and active in UMC Circle for 50 years. She was a 4-H clothing leader in Linn County for 20 years. She canned fruits and vegetables every year from their large garden. She was happy sewing for herself and others, quilting, knitting, and crocheting. She did cut work, upholstery and refinished furniture. She was an Ageless Art state winner for seven years with her various quilts and table cloths. Over the years Mary and Paul traveled around the states, including a Fall Foliage trip to Main, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone and many more places. They also traveled to Canada to Lake Louise and the Calgary Stampede.
After Paul passed away on February 14, 1991 Mary continued to live in the Mennonite Village where she remained active in several capacities and made many friendships that she always cherished. In 2008 when health challenges required her to have constant nursing care she moved into the Mennonite Nursing Home where she was cared for by many wonderful and caring staff for eleven years until her death. She is survived by her son, Wynn Bell (McMinnville) and daughter, Esther Bell (San Jose CA). Grandsons, Brett Bell and Ryan Bell (San Jose) Granddaughters Tiffany Wilson (Aloha) and Carola McAndrews (Seattle). Two great grandsons, Mathew and Landon. Four great granddaughters, Amanda, Jennifer, Kaitlyn, and Blake.
There will be a celebration of life Saturday, July 13 at 1pm in the Mennonite Chapel. In lieu of cards and flowers Mary requested contributions be made to the Mennonite Village Foundation for support of all the employees who cared for her. Donations should be sent to Fisher Funeral Home at 306 SW Washington Street, Albany, OR 97321.

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