Dorothy L. Bell (Herren)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Dorothy L. Bell (Herren), 88, of Crystal Lake, Ill., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at Crossroads Care Center in Woodstock, Ill.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City. Visitation will be held from noon until time of the service Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Grant City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Alzheimer's Association, First Christian Church in Blue Springs, First Christian Church of Trenton, First Christian Church of Grant City and Journey Care Hospice of Northeastern Illinois.

Born Dec. 6, 1925, on a farm in Redding, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Manson and Mamie (Mary Rebecca Abarr) Herren. She graduated from Redding Consolidated High School. She attended the University of Iowa on a music scholarship. On Oct. 16, 1946, she married John "Jack" Bell of Grant City. They lived on a farm in Grant City until 1968 where she helped on the farm, helped with the cub scouts den, played organ at First Christian Church and gave piano lessons. She was also a secretary at Grant City schools for a few years before moving to Trenton in 1968. After moving to Trenton she was secretary to the principal at Adams Junior High school for 25 years until she retired in 1994. In addition, she continued to give piano lessons for about 30 years. She was also very active at First Christian Church in both Grant City and Trenton where she played the organ and/or piano for both churches. Later in life she became a member of First Christian Church in Blue Springs. In 2010 she moved to live with her daughter Janet in Crystal Lake, Ill., before becoming ill with Alzheimer's. She attended First United Methodist Church in Crystal Lake. She was also a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star. She was an active member in the Eastern Star in Grant City for many years and later was a member in the Parson Chapter 189 in Trenton.

She is survived by her son, Joe E. Bell and his wife, Sally, of Blue Springs; daughter, Janet R. Sanders and her husband, Keith, of Crystal Lake; three grandchildren, Stacy Bell Anderson, Beth Bell and Ryne Sanders; and three great-grandchildren, Kate Anderson, Logan Anderson and Cale Anderson.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings; Eva (Herren) Driebelbies, John D. Herren, Pearl (Herren) Sanborn and Blaine Herren.

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