Judy S. Bell

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SIDNEY - Judy S. Bell, 87, died at the Pavilion Nursing Home on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at 1:20 p.m.
She was born on April 2, 1925, in Marysville, the daughter of W. J. and Ruth (Herd) Skidmore, and they preceded her in death.
She was married to Maurice Bell on May 5, 1962. He died in 1997.
Surviving are one son, Anthony Peter Bell, of Decatur, Ind.; one daughter-in-law, Annette Bell, of Upper Sandusky; four grandchildren, Erika, Ashlee, Jared and Nicole Bell; "adopted family" Rich and wife Julie Watkins and their children, David, Taylor and Jackson Watkins, of Sidney; sister, Emma Spence, of Rushsylvania; brother--in-law, Carl Bell, of Sidney; and sister-in-law, Isabelle Bell, of Sidney.
Two brothers and three sisters are deceased.
She was a United States veteran of the Army Air Corp. from 1945 to 1948 and the United States Air Force from 1948 to 1951.
She owned a nursing home in Cresta Loma, Calif., for 10 years, then came back to Ohio and worked at Detroit Aluminum in Bellefontaine, RBM in Kenton, and Excello in Lima. She farmed with her husband in Sidney and raised bees for honey. She was the first woman bee inspector for the state of Ohio.
She was a member of the Fairlawn PTA for many years and was on the Board of Education at Fairlawn Schools for 12 years. She was one of the first members of the Perry-Port Jefferson-Salem Rescue Squad. She was of the Catholic faith.
Graveside services with full military honors were held Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Rushsylvania Cemetery, Rushsylvania, with the Rev. Patrick Sheridan officiating.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home in Sidney.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tree Board of Sidney, 201 W. Poplar St., Sidney, OH 45365, or the Shelby County Schools or Logan County Schools for education benefits for grades K-6.
Condolences may be expressed on Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home's website at:


Published in Sidney Daily News on Sept. 19, 2012
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