Janet Ingalls Bell

Janet Ingalls Bell Alma Janet Ingalls Bell, of Alma, MI, who worked as a market researcher, policewoman, schoolteacher and a social worker but who might be best remembered as a farm wife and a mother to six children, died on December 9, 2012. She was 99. Mrs. Bell was born to Eleanor and Roger Ingalls on July 21, 1913 in Concord, Mass. She graduated with honors from Tufts College in 1936. Mrs. Bell moved to Alma after her 1947 marriage to Joseph Bell, a farmer who had recently completed a tour of duty as a sergeant with the 152nd Army Airborne in postwar Japan. She had been working as a policewoman in Detroit. Her husband, Joseph, preceded her in death in 1996. She is survived by five sons, Gregory, of Alma; James, of Lansing; Mark, of East Tawas; Paul, of Baton Rouge, LA.; and Stephen of Maplewood, NJ; and one daughter, Nancy Thomas, of San Antonio, TX; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. A brother, Philip, died in 1973. Her beloved sister, Ruth, died at age 101 on November 5, 2012. A funeral mass will be held Thursday, December 13th at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alma with Fr. Jim Bessert officiating. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Alma. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Lux-Moody-Wolfel Funeral Home with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service officiated by Deacon John Cremin. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Catholic School.

Published in Lansing State Journal on Dec. 11, 2012