Claribel "Bell" Brown
JACKSONVILLE - Claribel "Bell" Brown, 86, of Jacksonville, died Sunday evening, April 28, 2013, at her residence. She was born October 19, 1926, in Jacksonville, the daughter of the late Howard L. and Emma Joy Bourn Reynolds. She married Frederick Donald "Don" Brown on January 20, 1946, in Jacksonville; he preceded her in death on November 1, 1994.
She is survived by one daughter, Karla (Harold) Smith of Winchester; two sons, Steve (Peggy) Brown of Searcy, AR and Kerry (Rose) Brown of Cannon Falls, MN; one grandson, Patrick Skyler "Petey" Brown of Cannon Falls, MN; two step-grandchildren, Jerrod Smith and Lance Smith both of Quincy; three step great-granddaughters; one step great-grandson; sisters-in-law, Mrytle Reynolds and Cathryn Reynolds; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a sister, Mary Ellen Hart; and brothers: Myron "Mike" Reynolds, Howard Lee "Chick" Reynolds and Homer Reynolds.
Bell worked for many years as a cook in School District 117 and as an aide at Pathway School. She was a member of Central Christian Church where she had served as Elder, Worship Chair, and on the church board. She was a past member of the Lions Club, ABW (American Business Women), Beta Sigma Phi – Chapter Lauretu Beta Sigma Phi, lifetime member of VFW #1379 Auxiliary, and was a volunteer at NBA Barton W. Stone/Heritage Health. She was a past president of Federated Jacksonville Women's Club, Federated Evening Club and Federated Club, 20th District Federated Club, and Morgan County Past President Club. She also served on the State Board of Federated Clubs, and served as an election judge. She was a former Pathway Scout leader, Brownie leader for North Jacksonville Scouts, Den Mother for Boy Scouts, 4-H leader of Ebenezer Girls 4-H Club, President of Mother Circle of Rainbow Girls-Golden Assembly, and a room mother at North School.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 3, 2013, at Williamson Funeral Home with entombment at Diamond Grove Mausoleum. Friends may call after 12 noon on Thursday at the funeral home, where the family will meet friends from 5 to 7 p.m.
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