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Ethelin Bell (Lin) Jarvis


1918 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Ethelin Bell (Lin) Jarvis Obituary
Ethelin (Lin) Bell Jarvis

December 9, 1918 ~ July 4, 2014

On July 4th, Ethelin (Lin) Bell Jarvis passed away at the age of 95. She died just as the firework displays were in their triumphant finales. Given her outgoing and fun loving personality, it only seems fitting that she would go out with a bang.

Born in 1918 in Portland, Oregon, Lin was raised in Los Angeles (LA) as the only girl of 3 children born to Roscoe West Bell and Ethelin Marguerite Coffman Bell.

Lin's parents were very good friends with the Jarvis's of Seattle. The photograph above is of Lin Bell (on the left) and Paul Jarvis, Jr (on the right). It was taken when they were both 2 years old. Theirs was truly a life long love affair.

At 6' tall, she was a striking model and actress; helping to keep the family financially afloat during the great depression. At the time she was also obtaining her BA at UCLA and was President of her sorority of Gamma Phi Beta.

Lin Bell and Paul Jarvis Jr. were married in LA in 1941; and made Seattle, Paul's hometown, their permanent home.

Lin became a very active member of the People to People International Board of Trustees. People to People was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to promote understanding between cultures both at home and abroad. Lin travelled extensively worldwide to promote this mission.

In Seattle, she was active in Children's Hospital guilds and was president of the Milk Fund for many years. She was also a past president of Seattle's Symphony fund raiser, Symphoneve.

She was president of Women's University Club. She was also a member of the Sunset Club.

With her husband of 58 years, Paul Jarvis Jr., she retired to Maui where they lived for over 25 years.

Lin is preceded in death by her husband, Paul, and her son, Peter.

She is survived by her daughters Ann Jarvis of Edmonds and Katherine Jarvis of Half Moon Bay, CA. and by her son Williams Jarvis, daughter-in-law, Paula Ranson Jarvis, of Seattle, and their 4 children: Clare Elizabeth Jarvis; Andrew Paul Jarvis; Max Ranson Jarvis and Nathan Paul Jarvis.

In keeping with Lin's wishes, there will not be a memorial service.

It is suggested that donations in her memory be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. (http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org)
Published in The Seattle Times on July 20, 2014
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