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Lois Elizabeth (Pace) Bell Obituary
FREDERICKSBURG Lois Elizabeth Pace Bell ("Mamacita" or "Cita" to her loving family) peacefully departed this life on Sunday, April 29, 2012, just short of her 100th birthday, surrounded by many of her family and close friends. She is survived by her cherished and devoted husband of almost 78 years, James S. (Mickey) Bell and by three sons and their wives, Michael & Trudy Bell of San Antonio, Stephen and Marion Bell of Sahuarita, AZ and Kenneth and Susan Bell of New Braunfels; ten grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren and their various husbands and wives; one ex-wife, Marion Dewar Bell, who remains a cherished family member, as well as one niece, Judy Allison Carpenter, the daughter of her long-departed sister, and one nephew, George B. Pace III, the son of her deceased brother, as well as a number of great nieces and nephews.

"Cita" was born on June 12, 1912, in Brownsville, Texas, to George B. and Lois W. Pace, lived much of her life in Fort Stockton where she graduated from high school and met her husband to-be. Her father was the Ford dealer for Fort Stockton, Alpine and Marfa. She graduated from Fort Stockton high school in 1929 and The University of Texas in 1933, where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha. Her first job following college was the Pecos County State Bank in Fort Stockton and when Mickey landed a secure job with Humble Oil & Refining (it was the Depression), Lois and Mickey felt it was they could get married on December 15, 1934. For most of their married life they lived in West Texas, primarily in Odessa, where they were active members of the First Presbyterian Church. "Cita" taught elementary school in the Odessa school system for 26 years. In 1978, after Mickey retired, they moved to Fredericksburg, Texas, in the Hill Country (where, as "Cita" said, "there were trees, it was green and it rained sometimes"). They loved it there. In Fredericksburg, Mickey joined the local chapter of Lions, was semi-active in real estate, drove for the Needs Council, they both assisted with the Food Pantry, and they were active members of Memorial Presbyterian Church. They were sad to leave Fredericksburg when they moved to San Antonio to The Inn at Los Patios in January, 2007, but they've made many new friends there since moving in. Wherever they lived throughout their long life together Lois & Mickey made many good friends and were valued and admired by everyone.

A memorial service will be held 12:30p.m. Friday, May 4th, in Memorial Presbyterian Church in Fredericksburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to Presbyterian Children's Home or the .

Online condolences may be left at Arrangements under the direction of Fredericksburg Funeral Home.
Published in Odessa American on May 2, 2012
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