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Theresa Ruth Bell


1927 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Theresa Ruth Bell Obituary
April 29, 1927 - October 24, 2017 The community lost a treasure as Theresa (Terry) Ruth Heyman Bell passed away on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at the age of 90. She is survived by her husband of more than 69 years, Lionel, their 2 children - Nancy and Ralph (Cathy), 2 grandchildren - Ryan and Katherine (Buckley), 3 great-grandchildren, and her sister Naomi Boyer Papworth. Terry was born April 29, 1927 in the Bronx in New York City and at the age of 9 relocated to Southern California. Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, she graduated from Van Nuys High School and then attended UCLA (a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority). While there she met her future husband, Lionel, after he returned from war in 1946. They graduated from UCLA and were married in 1948. Terry was an outstanding community leader - the first woman chair of both The Jewish Federation and its campaign arm, formerly known as The United Jewish Fund, a past chair of Vista Del Mar, and a lifetime trustee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She loved art - so much that she was in the first class and subsequent president of the Docent Council at LACMA, as well as president of the former Art Museum Council of LACMA. In recognition of her dedication to the community, she received both the University Women's Woman of Achievement Award from the University of Judaism (now American Jewish University) and Vista Del Mar's Ruth Shuken Humanitarian Award for her leadership and 65 years of volunteer work. As an accomplished gourmet cook, she had a featured cover story and spread in "Bon Appetite" magazine. Terry loved traveling all around the world, visiting museums and gourmet restaurants, and going on major excursions; one of her favorites was attending museums, and the theatre and restaurant scene of NYC. An avid sports fan, Terry cheered for the L.A. Lakers and rooted for the L.A. Dodgers, the L.A. Rams, and UCLA men's basketball from season seats. Bridge was also a passion - and Tuesday afternoon was sacred; there would be no meetings on Tuesdays - it was her weekly game day for over 50 years. The quintessential role model, Terry was accomplished, caring, generous, intelligent, and humorous; she will be missed by all those blessed to have known her. Following a private burial there will be a public memorial service at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Glazer campus (3663 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, 90010) on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 4:00pm. The family requests any contributions in her memory be sent to Wilshire Boulevard Temple, The Jewish Federation, Vista Del Mar, or LACMA.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 26 to Oct. 27, 2017
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