Mary C. Bell, a Kentucky native, passed away in Haslett, Michigan, in the early hours of November 27th. She is now with her Heavenly Father and all the beloved relatives who preceded her in death. She is survived by her children Eugenia Care, Richard Bell (Sue), Lana Jackson (Don) Gregory Bell (Jennifer), Daniel Bell (Barbara) and Jeffrey Bell (Arlene); her grandchildren Kelli Care (Jim), Richard E. Bell, III (Shirli), Robert E. Bell (Toni), Melissa Lusher (Joe), Jonathan Worful (Andrea), Michael Gabriel “Beau” Care, Jessica Bongwong (Jupiter), Nathan Bell, Olivia Atlas, Becci Bell and Sarah Bell; her great-grandchildren Kaitlin Bell, Seraphina Atlas, Ryan Bell, Jackson Worful, Nalani Care, Lucas Lusher, and Nevalena Worful. She is also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Mary, who was also known as Chris or Christine much of her life, attended Louisville Girls High, but left before graduation to marry the love of her life, Sgt. Richard E. Bell, who proposed to her on December 7, 1941, and married her three days later on her seventeenth birthday. Her husband left for World War II a few weeks before their first child was born. For over two and a half years, Mary waited for his return. She was definitely a part of the Greatest Generation.
Mary had a beautiful soprano voice and could have been a professional singer, but chose to devote her life to her family instead. She raised six children – much of the time as a single parent after the death of her husband. She also took care of her widowed mother for many years, and cared for many other elderly people in her home as a mini-home operator. All of this experience prepared her for the last career of her life.
In 1977, when she was 53, Mary became the owner and operator of Glenmary Home, located in the Highlands area of Louisville, Kentucky. She built it into the most respected licensed boarding home in the state and her input helped the Kentucky legislature draft heretofore non-existent state boarding home laws. For thirty five years, Mary cared for veterans, mentally and emotionally challenged adults, and the elderly - while still managing to be an anchor for her children and grandchildren.
She had a beautiful spirit and a beautiful smile and left this world a better place. She touched so many lives throughout the years, and was an inspiration to us all.
Services for Mary will be held at her beloved boarding home, Glenmary Home. The addess is 2215 Glenmary Ave. Louisville, KY 40204. Visitation will be Saturday, December 15, 2012, from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The memorial service will be on Sunday, December 16th at 2:00 p.m. followed by disposition of her ashes in Cave Hill Cemetery in the Scattering Garden. Only street parking is available at Glenmary and the family requests that visitors park on the side streets instead of in front of Glenmary Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you express your sympathy by helping to continue Mary’s legacy at her beloved boarding home. Please make your check payable to Glenmary Home. All monies received will be greatly appreciated and used for much needed improvements to the facility.