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September 2, 1919 - December 9, 2013 December 9, 2013, marked the passing of Lillian Braeman Bell of Beverly Hills, age 94, from cancer. She is remembered with love by her children: Hanan S. Bell; Charlotte Bell, MD; Rivian Bell (Ken Rushworth); and Martin Bell (Joyce Shirado); grandchildren Caitlin Porpora (Matthew); Burke Loeffler (Kim Pihs); and Zachary Loeffler (Christina). She is also survived by her brothers Aaron Braeman and Samuel Braeman (Shirley) and sister Ruth Goldberg, and many beloved nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. Lillian was a remarkable woman who led an equally remarkable life. She grew up in Minneapolis, studied at Talmud Torah, and obtained a B.S. from the University of Minnesota in medical technology. She met the challenges of World War II by joining the U.S. Navy where she became a lieutenant, j.g. During that time, she met and married her husband, Robert M. Bell. The couple was married for 60 years and had four children raised in the Kansas City area. When she was 70, Lillian discovered that she had retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic disease that leads to blindness. She and her family are grateful to the VA in the Bay Area and Los Angeles as well as Junior Blind and the Braille Institute for their continued support through the years. Lillian enjoyed her family yet continued to miss her original home in Minneapolis. Her last home was at Watermark Assisted Living which, along with American All Care and Skirball Hospice, are remembered for some of the special caregivers who treated her as family . The Bell family asks that donations be made to her two favorite organizations: Foundation Fighting Blindness and the Braille Institute in Los Angeles.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 15, 2013
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