Traverse City Record-Eagle


January 12, 2014

Betty Christian Bell

CHANDLER, Ariz. — Betty Christian Bell, 82, of Chandler, Ariz., passed away Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Chandler. Born April 14, 1931, in Austin, Minn., Betty grew up in Decorah, Iowa, and married college sweetheart, Robert Bell on Aug. 19, 1951.

After Bob’s years in the U.S. Air Force they settled in Midland, where their three children were born. In the early ‘60s they moved to Traverse City.

Betty began working as a fiber artist, weaving tapestries on her 60-inch Cranbrook loom and making beautiful dyed-silk creations. While living in Clearwater, Fla., she continued to build her reputation as a talented artist, with one of her tapestries displayed in the Florida State Capital.

They moved to northern California in the early ‘90s and loved their mountain home overlooking Lake Almanor in the Cascade Mountains. After Bob’s retirement they moved to Sun Lakes, Ariz., in 2006.

Betty loved singing in church choirs throughout her life, and in her later years she loved performing in the Sun Lakes United Methodist Church choir.

She was an active member of the P.E.O. women’s organization for 65 years.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Robert Bell; children, Barbara Bell Fletcher (John), David Bell (Bonnie) and Steven Bell (Karen); as well as five grandchildren.

Betty greeted everyone with a big smile and was a source of encouragement and joy for her family. She is deeply loved and missed.

Funeral services took place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at Sun Lakes United Methodist Church, 9248 E. Riggs Road, Sun Lakes, AZ.

Arrangements are by Bueler Chandler Mortuary; (480) 963-6351.

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