Amy Mari Bell My name is Amy Mari Moody Bell and this is my obituary. I was born in Wenatchee Washington on the Second of July, 1924. I left this world on November 9, 2012. I lived through a period probably unequal in change since the 14th Century. Aristotle said that a person not involved in the issues of his day could not be considered to have lived. I never was a major player in the society of my time but I did get to play. Growing up, my dream was to have friends. This came true tenfold. Throughout my life, my husband, Lloyd and I were surrounded by interesting and enlightened people who shared our commitment in improving the condition of society as best we could. My life was so wonderfully enriched by our involvement in the communities in both Stehekin and Olympia. I grew up in Entiat Washington on an apple ranch with my father and mother, Roy E. Moody and Ola Hall Moody and my younger sister, Doris. I graduated from Entiat High School, Eastern Washington College in Cheney and I took graduate level classes at the University of Washington and St. Martin's College in Olympia. I have always believed that education isn't just meant to just build a foundation for a stable future. As important that is, it also extends the boundaries of one's life. To me, knowledge and love are the two most important elements in a successful life. I became active in the Democratic Party during the 1950's in an era in Chelan County when doing so was considered tantamount to communism. I worked for the Democratic State Central Committee and served as a state committee woman for more than 10 years. I helped develop the party's state platform and was Clerk of the Labor Committee in the Washington State Senate. I worked on countless political campaigns, some of which were successful and some that weren't, but all of which I enjoyed. In 1976, I helped elect Don Bonker to Congress from Washington State's third district and served as a district aide for four years. I was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in New York City in 1980 and helped orchestrate the Carter re-election campaign for the state of Washington. Because of that endeavor, I was invited to spend a day as a guest at the White House. Lloyd and I spent half our time in politics and half in Stehekin were we taught school, built a stone house and participated in community affairs. The most exciting time was bringing a five day old baby girl, Caitlin, home to Stehekin. A joy to my life as well was eventually the addition of a son-in-law, Burton and three beautiful grandchildren, Christopher, Jeremy and Melissa, all of whom I am unendingly proud. As obituaries stress how the deceased was loved, I know I loved and was loved. But some people along my journey didn't find me to be so lovable; the Republicans I opposed and internal fights within the Democratic Party over candidates and policies. I firmly believe those should count in my favor too as I feel I fought the good fight too. A Celebration of Life will be held in the Stehekin Valley, at the north end of Lake Chelan in the summer of 2013.
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Published in The Olympian on November 15, 2012