Dorothy Johnson Bell
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Shreveport, LA. - Dorothy Johnson Bell, age 87, passed away peacefully at Lifecare Hospital on May 31, 2012 in the company of her sons, daughter, and caregiver. Memorial services to remember Mrs. "Dot" Bell will be held at Broadmoor Presbyterian Church at 10:00 am on Tuesday June 5th lead by Pastor Jim Freeman. Visitation will be held at Osborn Funeral Home on June 4th from 5:00-7:00pm.
Dorothy Grey Johnson was born on November 26, 1924 in York, S.C. to Horace Loftin Johnson and Aggie Lee Barnes Johnson. Dot was the oldest of four children. She was married for 55 years to Bernard White Bell Senior until he passed away on September 7, 2003. She was preceded in death by her elder half brothers: Carl, Herbert, Sam Frank and half sisters: Gladys and Edna Johnson. The Bells lived in North and South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi and settled in Shreveport in 1975. She developed deep friendships here but never forgot Carolina and some part of her spirit will always dwell there.
Dorothy loved life, her family, friends and God. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her four children and their spouses: three sons Bernard White Jr. and Linda, Grant Johnson and Debbie, James Allan and Betty Bell; one daughter Susan Agnes and Adrian Scott, and her three brothers: Walter (Bud), Harold and Mary Ann, and Ray and Betty Johnson. Dorothy was blessed with ten grandchildren: Chris, Pearl, Jamie, David, Karen, Rachel, Lindsey, Andrew, Brady and Thomas; and ten great grandchildren: Scarlett, Nicholas, Madison, Brandon, Noah, Jerrod, Justin, Jayden, Dylan and Mason.
Mom loved growing and arranging flowers, sewing, playing bridge and handiwork until her arthritis made those activities painful. She was tireless when well and enjoyed creating a clean organized home environment for those she loved. Dot was intelligent, disciplined, and joyful managing life's challenges with grace and was actively engaged in her church's activities especially those for women and the elderly. She passed away as gracefully as she lived ever thankful and thinking of others. Mom set a high example and surprised us time and time again with her strong will and her sweet soul. Each of her children was raised knowing that they were loved.
The family is grateful to Tammy Netherland, Andrill Davis, and Carolyn Alford, her caregivers who made her final years at home possible, Dr. Emma McCarty and Sheila of SureAccess MD for caring medical counsel and treatment through multiple complex illnesses and especially her son Allan and daughter Susan for the loving companionship and care given to Dorothy in Mom's final years.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials for Dorothy be made to Broadmoor Presbyterian Church, 1915 Grover Place, Shreveport, LA 71105. 318-868-3659.
Published in Shreveport Times on June 3, 2012