Dorothy L. Bell

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FAIRBORN Dorothy L. Bell, 99, of Fairborn, formerly of Xenia, died Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Patriot Ridge Nursing Home in Fairborn. She was born December 30, 1913, in Clinton County, the daughter of Lawrence C. and Eva DeHaven Alexander. She grew up on a farm in Spring Valley with her sisters Lucille and Wilma. Their farm was well known for their champion breed of cows and it was chosen by Chicago's 1936 World's Fair for one of the "Elsie the Cow" cows that so many people remember. She graduated from Spring Valley High School in l932, attended Western College and graduated from Ohio State University in 1936 with a Degree in Home Economics. She was employed by Cincinnati Gas & Electric Company the Home Service Department in Cincinnati and Middletown, Ohio. She married Birch E. Bell, in 1938 and he preceded her in death on June 18, 1997. A former member of the Spring Valley United Methodist Church and later a member of the Trinity Methodist Church, after her marriage. She sang in the choir for many years and was active in the Women's Group. She was presently a member of Faith Community United Methodist Church and a member of the Mary Rebecca Circle. She was a longtime member of the Xenia City Garden Club and for many years she was a Girl Scout and Cub Scout Troop Leader. She enjoyed reading, cooking, gardening and knitting and other needlework. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Larry B. (Georgeanna) Bell, Springfield, and Rebecca "Becky" (Jerry) Benson, Grand Rapids, MI., four grandchildren, Judd Andrew Bell, Brant Edward Bell, Catherine (Kris) Kurtz, and Craig Benson, nine great-grandchildren, Patrick, Colin, Abigail, Katelyn, Andrew, Alex, Anthony, Addie, and Dylan and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Birch E. Bell, and two sisters, Lucille Alexander and Wilma Martin. Services will be held 11am, Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at the Neeld Funeral Home, 1276 N. Detroit St., Xenia, with Rev. Brad Olson officiating. Visitation will be held from 10am Wednesday, until service time. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Faith Community United Methodist Church Family Outreach, 100 Country Club Drive, Xenia, Ohio 45385. Condolences to the family may be made at
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