Audrey Bell

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DOVER —<B> </B>Audrey Carol Bell,<B> </B>81, formerly of Dover, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at Varney Crossing Nursing Home, North Berwick, Maine.

She was born Feb. 17, 1929, in Yonkers, N.Y. After graduation from high school, she attended Prairie Bible Institute, Three Hills, Canada and the New York Institute of Dietetics, New York City, graduating valedictorian of her class. She also studied voice at the Julliard School of Music. She sang on Sunday afternoon radio with her brothers in the 1940s and worked with the Billy Graham Ministries when it first began.

She worked as assistant food director at Barnard College in New York City for 20 years and also at Camp Pinecliff in Maine during the summers.

After retiring from Barnard, she lived in Florida and Pomeroy, Ohio for brief periods and then moved to Maine where she owned and operated The Bellringer Restaurant. After closing the restaurant, she moved to New Hampshire, where she was part owner and manager of a women's social club where through her compassion, wisdom and humor she helped many women through difficult times. She later worked at Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity at UNH and the Wentworth Home in Dover.

She was very active at St. John's UMC in Dover. Prior to becoming ill with Alzheimer's, she was an avid member of the Women's Book Club and organized numerous church suppers. She loved singing in the choir and did so as long as she was able.

She committed each day to the Lord and strived to live her faith. She always said, "Labels only belong on jam and jelly jars" and accepted everyone with love, compassion, wisdom and humor. In earlier times she loved taking her nieces and nephews on trips and always called them "her kids."

She is survived by Patricia (Bell) Perry, Judson Bell, Jr., Geraldine (Bell) Rudman, Thomas Bell, James Bell III and their families as well as several great nieces and nephews, her "foster sisters" Linda Fisk and best buddy Nancy Hilton, and many friends. She was predeceased by her mother and father and two brothers.

We wish to thank the nursing and CNA staff at Varney Crossing for their wonderful care and love for Audrey. Donations may be made in her memory to St. John's United Methodist Church, 28 Cataract Avenue, Dover, NH 03820 or The .

There will be no visiting hours. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2011, at 11 a.m. at St. John's United Methodist Church. Go to www.taskerfh.com to sign the online guest book.

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Tasker Funeral Home - Dover
621 Central Ave
Dover, NH 03820
(603) 742-4961
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Published in Fosters from Feb. 8 to Feb. 15, 2011
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