Claribel "Bell" Brown, 86, of Jacksonville, died Sunday evening, April 28, 2013, at her residence.
She was born Oct. 19, 1926, in Jacksonville, the daughter of the late Howard L. and Emma Joy Bourn Reynolds. She married Frederick Donald "Don" Brown on Jan. 20, 1946, in Jacksonville, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 1, 1994.
She is survived by one daughter, Karla (Harold) Smith of Winchester; two sons, Steve (Peggy) Brown of Searcy, Ariz., and Kerry (Rose) Brown of Cannon Falls, Minn.; one grandson, Patrick Skyler "Petey" Brown of Cannon Falls, Minn.; two stepgrandchildren, Jerrod Smith and Lance Smith, both of Quincy; three stepgreat-granddaughters; one stepgreat-grandson; sisters-in-law, Mrytle Reynolds and Cathryn Reynolds; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a sister, Mary Ellen Hart; and brothers, Myron "Mike" Reynolds, Howard Lee "Chick" Reynolds and Homer Reynolds.
Bell worked for many years as a cook in School District 117 and as an aide at Pathway School. She was a member of Central Christian Church where she had served as elder, worship chair, and on the church board. She was a past member of the Lions Club, ABW (American Business Women), Beta Sigma Phi – Chapter Lauretu Beta Sigma Phi, lifetime member of VFW 1379 Auxiliary, and was a volunteer at NBA Barton W. Stone/Heritage Health. She was a past president of Federated Jacksonville Women's Club, Federated Evening Club and Federated Club, 20th District Federated Club, and Morgan County Past President Club. She also served on the State Board of Federated Clubs, and served as an election judge. She was a former Pathway Scout leader, Brownie leader for North Jacksonville Scouts, den mother for Boy Scouts, 4-H leader of Ebenezer Girls 4-H Club, president of Mother Circle of Rainbow Girls-Golden Assembly, and a room mother at North School.
A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Friday at Williamson Funeral Home, with entombment at Diamond Grove Mausoleum. Friends may call after 12 noon Thursday at the funeral home, where the family will meet friends from 5-7 p.m. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Central Christian Church. Condolences may be left for the family online at www.airsman-hires.com.
Williamson Funeral Home
1405 Lincoln Avenue
Jacksonville, IL 62650
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Apr. 30, 2013