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Jane E. "Janie" Bell

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Jane E. "Janie" Bell Obituary
Jane E. "Janie" Bell

West Des Moines - Janie Bell, 73, passed peacefully at home on Sunday, May 12, 2019. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at McLaren's Resthaven Chapel in West Des Moines. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 20, 2019 at the West Des Moines United Methodist Church.

Janie was born in Ord, NE to Roger E. and Inez R. Burrows on August 13, 1945. She grew up in the North Loup, NE area and graduated from high school there in 1963. Janie attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, IA with a BSE in 1970 and completed her MSE at Drake in 1977. Four years later, Janie attained a PhD in curriculum and instruction from Iowa State University.

As important as education was to Janie, nothing mattered more than her devotion to family. She was married to James Richard "Dick" Bell in 1964. They raised two children, a son and a daughter, in West Des Moines. She cherished her son Steve and his wife Kim and their son, Abdul; her daughter Erin and her husband Matt McKinney and their children Johnathon and his wife Lindsay, Nicolas and his fiancée Emily and their son Henry, Rachel, and Andrew. Janie so loved her siblings: Jackie Krutz and her late husband Rollie, Jo Corey and her husband Joe (both deceased), Betsy Keep and her husband Gary, and Roger Burrows and his wife Mary. Being all together was special for Janie.

Throughout her career as a dedicated educator, Janie taught humanities in the Urbandale School District, curriculum and instruction at Iowa State, and she and her best friend Joyce Shaffer formed Change Agents to help those in the business world be better communicators.

Janie's memberships in various education groups are too numerous to list, but she was especially proud of her 18 years as a Board member at the Heartland Area Education Agency.

Memorials can be made in her name to the Des Moines Symphony or the Des Moines Art Center.
Published in Des Moines Register from May 16 to May 19, 2019
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