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Helen Theresa Bell

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Helen Theresa (Stoffer) Bell

Helen died peacefully at home on March 16, 2013 from complications of renal cancer. Helen was born on December 6, 1926 in Tacoma, WA to Louis and Anna Stoffer.

She graduated from Centralia High School in 1944 and from Central Washington University with a degree in education.

She married Herbert Yeomans "Bert" Bell Jr. on June 6, 1949 in Ellensburg, WA. Bert and Helen were married for 58 years until his death in 2007.

Helen taught first grade in the Highline School District and Kindergarten at Littlerock, South Bay, and Lacey Elementary.

Helen was a lifelong learner. She loved to read, do crossword puzzles and volunteered for over 20 years with Friends of Tumwater Timberland Library. She enjoyed painting, drawing and other creative pursuits. She traveled extensively with her husband Bert and other members of her family.

Helen is survived by her children, Teresa (Robert) Rummel, Christine Bell (Hartmut. Walravens), William

(Crystal) Bell, Margaret (Chuck) Hill and Herbert Y. Bell III (Tim DeClue). She has seven grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Louis Stoffer of Centralia.

There will be a private interment at Mountain View Cemetery in Centralia and a memorial service at Mills and Mills Funeral Home, 5725 Littlerock Road SW, Tumwater, at 2:00 pm on Saturday March 23, 2013.

Helen wished for remembrances to be made to Friends of Tumwater Timberland Library.
Published in The Seattle Times from Mar. 19 to Mar. 21, 2013
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