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Karen H. Bell

Fort Thomas - Karen H. Bell, a 40-year marketing and communications professional, passed away Thursday, November 22, at age 75. She was the beloved daughter of the late Warren (Bob) and Maxine Hardy. Karen worked on both the client and advertising-agency sides for consumer, business-to-business, high-tech and nonprofit organizations. In Cincinnati she practiced her strategic skills as a partner of Sive/Young & Rubicam, one of the area's largest agencies; director of client management for Powers Agency; and a free-lance marketing consultant. She then applied her expertise at St. Elizabeth Healthcare as a Patient Experience department staff member for 10 years. For United Way of Greater Cincinnati, she was the primary pro bono-agency contact for three record-setting annual campaigns and a Marketing Cabinet member for 20 years. Twice Marketing Volunteer of the Year, she was one of the 100 volunteers honored at UWGC's Centennial celebration. She was a guest lecturer at the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, Virginia Commonwealth University, National Catholic Development Conference, National Conference of Religious Communicators, National Leadership Council of Religious Women and Thomas More College. Other volunteer endeavors included Cincinnati Music Theater; The Carnegie in Covington; Playhouse in the Park; Deupree Meals on Wheels; Episcopal Retirement Services' Board Marketing Committee, including 3 gala fundraisers; Cincinnati Hearing, Speech and Deaf Center; WVXU Cincinnati Public Radio Community Board and Voices of Giving honoree. She was a Northern Kentucky Women of the Year nominee and past president and Volunteer of the Year of the Cincinnati Mental Health Association Board of Trustees. She was a Board member of the Nob Hill of Ft. Thomas Homeowners' Association for 10 years, serving as president/treasurer for 7. Born in Cleveland, OH, Karen lived in multiple cities, including Tucson, El Paso, Memphis, Atlanta, Washington, DC, Charlotte, and Richmond (VA) before moving to Cincinnati in 1990. Her wanderlust was fueled by 4 years in Oslo and the opportunity for European travel "up close and personal." Complementing visits to nearly all 50 states were retirement trips to Canada, Ireland, Italy, and Spain. Besides travel, food and wine and volunteering, her interests included needlework, photography, musical theater, and humor, especially puns. She is survived by a multitude of friends, locally and across the country, and a cousin, Kathleen Bryson of Washington State. A celebration of Karen's life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to or Cincinnati Public Radio. Fares J. Radel Funeral Home, 5950 Kellogg Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45230, is handling the arrangements.
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Dec. 2, 2018
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