Longtime Alaskan Lois Bonnie Bell, 95, passed peacefully in her sleep at home Saturday, April 6, 2013, in Soldotna.
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Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the Peninsula Memorial Chapel, officiated by Pastor Frank Alioto. Burial will follow at the Soldotna Cemetery in Soldotna.
Lois was born in Amistad, N.M., April 19, 1917 to Eli Thomas Hobson and Cora May Hobson. She grew up with 12 siblings.
Lois was married to William Edward Bell on March 20, 1934. They raised 5 children in Eugene, Ore.
Mrs. Bell earned an LPN license while in Oregon and moved to Soldotna in May 1972. She worked as a nurse at the newly built Central Peninsula General Hospital until her retirement. She lived alone in her own home in Soldotna until the time of her death.
Lois was a Christian and attended the Soldotna Brethren Assembly. One of her favorite verses was, 1 John 5:11-13: "And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."
Lois loved to tell about her younger years of growing up in New Mexico, where she got to go on a cattle drive with her brothers at the age of 13. She also, at the age of 14, was asked to drive the school bus home, if the driver didn't get home from his travels that day. Sure enough, she got to drive the children home! Lois and her husband and family were in the great dust bowl of 1935! Lois was a good cook and also sewed much of her children's clothing. In Oregon she canned quarts of peaches, pears, tomatoes and applesauce to help feed her family! Lois took painting classes at the Kenai Peninsula College, under Boyd Shafer and greatly enjoyed painting. She leaves many works of art.
Mrs. Bell was preceded in death by her 12 siblings, her husband William Edward in 1964, son, Wayne Bell in 1987, and great-granddaughter, Halie Burcham in 1994.
Lois is survived by her children and their spouses, Louetta and George Waldrip, Ron and Cecile Bell, Lynda and Eddie Burcham, Sherri and Rick Warren; daughter-in-law, Sandra Bell; 18 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Please sign her online guestbook at www.alaskanfuneral.com.
Peninsula Memorial Chapel
5839 Kenai Spur Hwy.
Kenai, AK 99611
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Apr. 9, 2013