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Lorene Bell(1923 - 2011)

Lorene Virginia Bell

Lorene Virginia Bell, 87, of Springfield, Mo. passed away peacefully August 20, 2011 at the home of her son Mark Bell in Blue Springs, Mo. Mark and two of her grandchildren, Michelle Bechen and Markus Bell were by her side comforting her in her last few days. She was born Oct. 9, 1923 in Fal, Louisiana, a daughter of Samuel Deckard and Alice M. Laurent Deckard.

Dear Mother of three children, Vicki Bechen-Bracken (Steve Bracken) of East Dubuque, IL., Mark (Patti) Bell of Blue Springs, Mo., Tim (MaryBeth) Wood) of Dubuque, Ia. Four grandchildren: Michelle Bechen of Dubuque, Ia., Markus (Mahala) Bell of El Paso, Tx., Miranda (Wayne) Tilcock of Davis, Ca., and Brandon (Abbie) Wood) of West DesMoines, Ia. Three great-grandchildren, Jeremy Vallin, Sophia Bell, Abbie Tilcock., and Baby Girl Wood to be born in October. She was a treasured Aunt to five nieces: June (Herbert) Orr, Florissant, Mo.; Susan L. Hahn (Ron Hudak), Alexandria, Va.; Nancy (Bob) Todd, West Plains, Mo., Cheryl (Robert) Barbin) Acworth, Ga., and Saundra Price of Springfield, Mo.; one nephew, John Allen (Gaylen) Deckard of Los Banos, Ca., great Aunt and great-great Aunt to many.

Lorene's family moved to Alton, Mo. in 1930 where she and her older sisters attended a one-room school in the Smyrna community and graduated from Alton High School. She and her sisters walked miles to and from school or sometimes rode a horse and took sweet potatoes for their lunch. She was a welder and metal worker in the shipyards of Beaumont, Tx. during World War II. After the war, she moved to Springfield, Mo. where she attended Draughans Business School, married and raised three children. She was a waitress at the Kentwood Arms Hotel and then at the Shady Inn Restaurant for 40 years retiring at age 70. She always put her childrens's needs before her own and when we would ask her for advice she gave it in a way not to interfere but to help. She was a wonderful cook and prepared a family dinner every Sunday at her home. After we all moved away she shared her recipes and would give us step-by-step directions on how to cook them. Her most requested meal was her famous "fried chicken" which none of us have been able to duplicate. She would take meals to her friends who couldn't get out of the house or just because she wanted to do that for them. She baked and decorated such beautiful birthday and wedding cakes they looked professionally done. She planted a garden every year, then canned and froze vegetables and fruits for family and friends. She had a sense of humor that made us all laugh and enjoyed telling stories about the family from her childhood to her children, grandchildren and nieces and we all loved listening to them. She will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by all her family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Henry and Herman Deckard, four sisters, Nettye Pingree, Alice L. Hahn, Bernice M. Deckard and Belle Aletha Deckard. One niece Patsy Deckard and two great nephews, Michael Orr and Lester Todd.

Visitation will be Thursday Sept. 8, 2011 at the Klingner-Cope Funeral Home at Rivermonte, 4500 S. Lone Pine, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Burial of cremains will be Friday Sept. 9, 2011 at 12:00 p.m.(noon) at the Smith Cemetery, Alton, Mo.

If desired, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Smith Cemetery Trust Fund, % Larry Simmons, P.O. Box 162, Alton, Mo. 65606.

Online condolences may be made at www.klingnerfuneralhome.com

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Published in the News-Leader on Sept. 4, 2011
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