Gloria Murray Bell

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Gloria Murray Bell CHARLESTON - Gloria Murray Bell, "Jeanie", president and co-owner of Earth Sciences, Inc., died in Charleston, SC on May 4, 2014. Ms. Bell, a native of Charleston, was born on June 17, 1943. Her parents were the late Mr. and Mrs. Marion Murray (Julia Berry Murray). Ms. Bell was formerly married to Dr. Thaddeus J. Bell, a native of Columbia, SC, on June 3, 1967. Their children from this union are Ms. Tiffany Bell of Atlanta, GA, Mrs. Tonisha Bell Alston (Edmund Timon Alston) of Charlotte, NC, and the late Thaddeus J. Bell II. Ms. Bell is survived by a sister, Ms. Pearl Murray Brown (Clarence Brown, deceased) of Bowie, MD. A brother, Herman McCoard of Jersey City, NJ, predeceased Ms. Bell. Other survivors include: grandchildren, Kaidyn Thaddeus Snipe of Atlanta, GA, Julia Marie Alston and Edmund James Alston of Charlotte, NC; niece, Kelli Brown-Barnes of Brandywine, MD; nephew, Karry Brown of Bowie, MD; a special devoted companion, Edmund St. Julian Robinson of Charleston and many other relatives, family and friends. Ms. Bell, a graduate of Immaculate Conception High School in Charleston, also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry at St. Paul's College in Lawrenceville, VA. After graduating from college, Ms. Bell began her employment at the Charleston Naval Shipyard in 1964 in the Quality Assurance Office, Laboratory Division where she held positions as chemist, lead chemist, supervisory chemist and director. She was the first African-American female supervisory chemist at the Naval Shipyard where she retired in 1994. In 1997, she launched Earth Sciences, Inc., an environmental and general testing laboratory, with Hillery P. Douglas. Ms. Bell was initiated in the Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at St. Paul's College, Lawrenceville, VA in 1961 and became active with the Gamma Xi Omega Chapter in Charleston after college where she served over 50 years of service. She was an active member and volunteer of the MOJA Arts Festival Planning Committee and the Charleston (SC) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated in 1990. Other organizations that Ms. Bell was affiliated with are: SC Foster Review Board; Charleston Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Board of Directors and the MUSC Institutional Review Board for Human Research. Ms. Bell was also a founding member of the League of Allied Arts and served on the Charleston Area Arts Council, boards of directors of the Charleston Ballet Theatre, Grief and Loss Center, the YWCA of Greater Charleston and the Gibbes Museum of Art. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Thaddeus J. Bell II Memorial Scholarship at the Coastal Community Foundation, 635 Rutledge Avenue, Suite 201, Charleston, SC 29403. Funeral arrangements have been made by Fielding Home for Funerals, 122 Logan Street, Charleston, SC 29401. The wake service will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at Morris Street Baptist Church, 25 Morris Street, Charleston, SC 29403; the funeral service will be held at 11a.m. on Friday, May 9, 2014 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 134 St. Philip Street, Charleston, SC 29403 and the interment will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 2915 Ashley Phosphate Road, North Charleston, SC 29418. Call 843.722.3348, Fielding Home for Funerals, for additional information. Visit our guestbook at charleston

Published in Charleston Post & Courier on May 5, 2014
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