Mrs. John J. Bell Enters Into Rest Funeral Friday

Mrs. John J. Bell, died at her home in Astoria, last Wednesday, following an extended illness. Her death was the direct result of a stroke of paralysis, accruing last August. She was confined to her bed for the past four and one-half months, during which time she was lovingly cared for by her daughters and husband. She was aged 61 years, 4 months and 27 days.

Laura Bryant, daughter of Luke and Mary Ann Bennett Bryant, was born on a farm near Bader, Ill., on August 10, 1863. Her early life was spent in that community. She was united in marriage to John J. Bell, in 1884 and since that time has resided in Astoria. Four daughters were born to them, namely: Mrs. J. H. Lindsey, of Macomb, Mrs. Chas. A. Kuhl and Mrs. Sumner E. Crissey of Galesburg and Mrs. Howard R. Henderson of Oneida, all of whom survive her, together with their husbands. She is also survived by three grandchildren and one brother, John Bryant of Bader, Ill.

At an early age in life, Mrs. Bell united with the Christian church and remained an active and faithful member as long as her health and strength permitted. She served the church in several capacities, namely: as a member of the Dorcas Circle, of the Missionary society and president of the ladies aid for a number of years. She was also a member of the Royal Neighbors lodge.

Her death is a real loss to the church she loved and served so faithful. Mrs. Bell was a woman of quiet and unassuming manner of high ideals and sterling character. Her Christian faith sustained her to the end. Always deeply interested in all church work, her loyalty to her family, home and friends, endeared her to all who knew her.

Funeral services were at the Christian church Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, conducted by Rev. L. A. Crown of Princeton, assisted by Rev. G. W. Burnett, the local pastor. Interment was made in the Astoria cemetery. The floral offerings were many and beautiful.


Published in the Argus-Search Light on 1/14/1925


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