Dorothy Elaine (Gill) Bell Dorothy was born April 14, 1923 in Meriden, Iowa. Mom passed away peacefully with her 5 children by her side on April 1, 2014, two weeks shy of her 91st birthday. She moved to Steilacoom, Washington following high school graduation and attained her Psychiatric Attendant LPN license from the University of Washington. She worked at Western State Hospital for 7 years. It was during this time that she met the love of her life, Samuel P. Bell; the two were married on June 16, 1951. Mom's greatest joy and mission in life was to raise her family and support her husband. Mom was wonderful with her children, grandchildren and any extended family needing a home. She took great joy in her Catholic faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Perry Bell; and her eldest son, Daniel Leslie Bell. She is survived by her children, Candice (Chris), Mike (Kim), Kathy (Andy), Pat (Diane), and Bob (Katheryn); 8 grandchildren, Laneysa (Tom), Laura (Jason), Sam, Holly (Matt), Tom, Andrea, Maddisen and Lydge; and one great-grandchild, Delaney. The family would like to thank the many people who cared for our mom in her times of need. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Charitable Subsidy Endowment Fund at Franke Tobey Jones, 5340 No. Bristol, Tacoma, WA 98407, or Holy Cross Catholic Church, 5510 No. 44th Street, Tacoma, WA 98407. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 10:00am at Holy Cross Catholic Church. A Rosary will be recited on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 7:00pm at Gaffney Funeral Home Chapel. Interment at Calvary Cemetery. Please leave online condolences at www.gaffneycares.com. Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.

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Gaffney Funeral Home
1002 South Yakima Avenue Tacoma, WA 98405
(253) 572-6003

Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Apr. 3, 2014