Diane Vera Bell
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February 11, 1040 -
September 7, 2012
Diane V. Bell was born February 11, 1940 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of George Ellsworth Bell (an American) and Dora Emily Vera Stratton Bell (a Canadian). Diane grew up in Ottawa, graduated from the Ottawa High School of Commerce and obtained her nursing degree from the Ottawa Civic Hospital School of Nursing in 1961.
In 1961, Diane moved to New York City and worked for a year at Mt. Sinai Hospital - the only Hospital which had offered her a position in the Operating Room. In 1962, she moved from the East Side to the West Side and spent the next quarter century as an Operating Room nurse at St. Luke's Hospital (later to be known as St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center). Gradual moves further north made her a commuter, who lived in Yonkers, Tarrytown, and Yonkers again while still working at St. Luke's. Finally, in 1987, Diane, two roommates and a Cornish Rex cat, moved to Stamford, CT. Diane finished her Operating Room career at St. Joseph Medical Center from 1987 until it closed.
Baptized and confirmed in the Anglican Church of Canada, Diane would proudly proclaim that she had accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at the Episcopal Conference on Evangelism, Renewal, and Church Growth in Pittsburgh, PA, on Friday October 13, 1978, usually adding that she heard "John Guest in the morning, Terry Fullam in the afternoon, and Jesus Christ in the evening." Diane joined St. Paul's Church in Darien in 1981 and served there in many capacities.
Predeceased by her parents, Diane is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Brent Crawford of Moncton, New Brunswick, nephew Brian G. Crawford of Mississauga, Ontario, and niece Beth W. Crawford of Pickering, Ontario, and friend and roommate for 44 years, Phyllis Schlemmer of Norwalk, CT.
Diane loved the Lord Jesus Christ, her family, her cat Oliver, and the New York Rangers hockey team.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM at St. Paul's Church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Paul's Church, 471 Mansfield Ave, Darien, CT 06820, ApologetiX (that Christian parody band) 208 Charlemma Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15214, or to the
Published in The Hour on Sept. 13, 2012