Elizabeth Ann Cahall
June 18, 1920 - April 3, 2013
Born the only child of James Howard Fell and Mary Louise (Flynn) Fell, she grew up in Philadelphia, getting a 12-year education at the Germantown Friends School (1938), graduated with an AB from Wheaton College, Norton MA (1942). She met her future husband, Robert, while visiting the Ohio home of one of her Wheaton roommates; they were wed in Los Angeles (1944) when Robert was attending an Army language program at UCLA
. Following numerous war-time activities, he in the US Army, she back in Philadelphia, the couple finished up Robert's interrupted legal education at Harvard Law School (1947) and moved west with a newborn son, Richard.
In Los Angeles they joined the thousands of returning veterans making new homes, new jobs, new freeways, new lives. In the years that followed, Betsy was a loyal member of the Lawyers' Wives of Los Angeles, worked regularly as a volunteer for Legal Aid, served a year on the Los Angeles County grand jury. She also was an amazingly resourceful hostess in support of Robert's law career, a hard-working den mother in Cub Scouts, a loving and warm supporter for their son, a faithful participant of long standing in a talented handicraft group of friends. She endured with courage and humor the destruction of her home in the 1961 Bel Air fire, and the subsequent rebuilding of a new home. She made time to participate in the design, building and furnishing of a summer home on Kauai, Hawaii, where with friends and a growing family she enjoyed for 20 years an adventure in a new culture she found on the Hawaiian Islands. At various times during this period she provided a loving home for orphaned teenagers in transitional situations who became a part of her enlarging family.
Following her husband's retirement, they added many European cruises to their increased time in Hawaii, increased participation in church organizations, in the church "Food for Hungry" program, and in helping her husband with church collections. Finally after 55 years in her Bel Air home she managed the trauma, with the loving assistance of family, of moving to a retirement community in Orange County. She and her husband enjoyed the remaining three years of her life making new friends and discovering new artistic talents.
She is survived by her adoring husband, Robert, her loving son, Richard, her loving daughter-in-law, Christina, her cherished grandchildren, Walker, Fitz and Becca, and her great grandson, Teplin.
A celebration of her life will be held at 2:30 PM on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at The Covington, 3 Pursuit, Aliso Viejo, in Orange County. A second service, a memorial and committal, will be held the following day, at 2PM on April 11, at St. Albans Episcopal Church, 580 Hilgard Avenue, Westwood, CA. The family requests that in lieu of flowers any donations in her memory be made to a