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Dorothy Irene Bell

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Dorothy Irene Bell, 99, a loving mom, mother-in-law, grandmother and sister, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006, in Rockford, Ill.
Born May 31, 1907, in Granville, Putnam County, she was the daughter of Irvin and Jennie Holler. She married Henry Morris Bell on Oct. 29, 1927, in LaMoille. They spent most of their lives farming in the Genoa, Sycamore and Rochelle areas before moving to Rockford in 1955.
Dorothy dearly loved her family, and family gatherings were pure joy for her, especially when she invited her family home for Christmas dinner. She was a very adept seamstress, having made her children's clothing during the Great Depression and for years after. She loved animals, especially horses and little dogs. She also loved to dance. Dorothy was from the days of the horse and buggy and Model T cars, wash tubs and wringer washers, iceboxes, wood cook stoves and kerosene lamps. She recalled walking as a young girl to a one-room schoolhouse near Taopi, Minn., and seeing wolves on the way. She remembered riding in sleighs and bobsleds to visit neighbors during snowy winters, and farming was accomplished with teams of horses and horse-drawn equipment.
Dorothy and Henry brought their young family through the Great Depression of the 1930s and the World War II years. She drove an automobile until she was 95 and maintained her own home until she was 98. Dorothy lived life to the fullest and was definitely a member of "The Greatest Generation."
She is survived by five children, James (Barbara) Bell of Apache Junction, Ariz., Jean (Jack) Spartz of Sycamore, JoAnne (John) Huftalin of Rochelle, Don (Loretta) Bell of Chana and Glen (Rose) Bell of Rockford; 22 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; 21 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was the eldest of nine children and is survived by a brother, Lyle Holler of South Beloit, and a sister, Virginia (Rocco) Pizzuti of LaSalle.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Henry, in 1973; a daughter, Berniece Brown; five brothers, Sidney, Vilas, Glen, Lee and Virgil; and a sister, Lois Dean.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at Slater-Butala Funeral Home of Genoa, with the Rev. Daniel Diss officiating. Burial will be at Genoa Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at the funeral home.
Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society or The Salvation Army in care of Slater-Butala Funeral Home, 132 W. Main St., P.O. Box 8, Genoa, IL 60135.
For information, call (815) 784-5191. To sign the online guest book, visit www.daily-chronicle.com/obituaries.
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