Mary Colleen Bell

Died Feb. 26, 2019


Mary Colleen Bell, 94, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at The Brook in West Branch.

She was born Oct. 27, 1924, in Essexville to Joseph and Exora (Hebert) McDermott. She lived in West Branch since 1950, formerly of Essexville. Colleen married Gilbert Bell in Essexville on Jan. 24, 1948. She served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Colleen was employed as a veterans employment representative and received a state award for her service to the veterans. She was a member of the American Legion Post 416 in St. Helen, where she was the first woman admitted to the Legion. Colleen was also a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church and enjoyed bowling and golfing.

Colleen is survived by her loving husband of 71 years, Gilbert Bell of West Branch; children, David Bell of Crossville, Tenn., Douglas (Verna) Bell of Bluffton, S.C., Ellen (Dan) Sentell of St. Helen and Andrew Bell of Park City, Utah; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; sisters, Marilyn Somalski of Essexville, Lorraine Munley of Bay City, Kathleen Vink of Essexville and Maureen McDermott; and brother, Terry (Virginia) McDermott of Bloomfield Hills.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Carole Gradowski; and daughter-in-law, Margaret Bell.

Visitation at Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch will begin Sunday, March 3, 2019, from 3-8 p.m. with a rosary at 3 p.m. The funeral Mass with veterans honors will be held Monday, March 4, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Branch at 11 a.m. with visitation starting at 10 a.m. Father Emmanuel Finbarr will officiate.

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