Effie Bell
1909-2008
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On May 14, just two weeks short of her 99th birthday, Effie Leak Staton Bell was called home to be with her Lord and Savior.

Born May 29, 1909, in Ansonville, N.C., she was the middle of five children born to Marianna Waddell and Robert Lee Staton. She graduated from Quincy High School and moved to Jacksonville to study at Massey Business College. But when Augustus Daniel Bell, the love of her life, asked her to marry him, she quit school and that put an end to her business career. They had three daughters, Augusta Wright, Delores Hiers and Sarah Wood Hunt.

A Christian role model for her children and all who knew her, her testimony was her ever-present smile and loving concern for others. When she was widowed at age 52, with a 15-year-old to finish raising, she got a job in retail, selling women's fashions for the Vogue Shops. Every customer who came through the door was a visitor to socialize with and many became life-long friends. Her winning personality was the key to her success. She was often named top salesperson in the chain during her 30-plus-year career. Beginning at the then-new Gateway Mall, then at Phillips Highway Mall, she worked until retirement at age 80. She then had the opportunity to return to her first love -- caring for her family and gardening.

She was predeceased by her parents; brother Robert Nelm Staton; sisters Marie Staton, Virginia Bowen and Bess Akins; and never knew of the death of her precious daughter Delores, just weeks prior to her own. She is survived and terribly missed by her daughters, Augusta Wright, of Middleburg, and Sarah Wood Hunt (Jon), of St. Augustine and son-in-law H. Marcy Hiers, of Kannapolis, N.C. She was devoted to her grandchildren, Clabourne Wright III (Debbie), of Green Cove Springs, Augustus Daniel Wright (Cathy), of Middleburg, Ruth Ann Sumner (Rod), of Jacksonville, Robert Hiers (Cheryl), of Aynor, S,C., Marcie Lee Pack, of Kannapolis, Kathy Young of Savannah, Ga., Walter Wood (Carrie), of Satellite Beach, Cameron Ward-Hunt, of Denver, Colo., and Cassidy Hunt, of St. Augustine. Her great-grandchildren are Melissa, Austin, Clay and Conner Wright; McGee Faircloth; Jacob Hiers; Alec Pack; Derek and Katie Tarver; Jamie Lee; and Walker Wood. Her great-great-granddaughters are Amaya Jennings and Sidni and Brooke Rabon. She loved her nieces and nephews as her own.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Hardage-Giddens on Hendricks Avenue in Jacksonville. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Deermeadows Baptist Church, followed by a reception then burial at Restlawn Memorial Park. Flowers are gratefully accepted, or Memorials may be made to Deermeadows Baptist Church, Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, or River Garden Hebrew Home. Proverbs 31:10-31.


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Published in St. Augustine Record from May 16 to May 18, 2008.
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8 entries
May 29, 2008
Sarah,
I am so sorry for your loss, She will be remembered by me as always having a smile on her face and a kind word for everyone.
Vetta (Cobb) Strickland
May 20, 2008
IT HAS BEEN MANY YEARS SINCE I
LAST SAW MRS.BELL. SHE WAS ONE
OF THE SWEETEST AND MOST
GRACIOUS LADIES I EVER NEW. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HER WHEN
SHOPPING AT THE VOGUE SHOP.
SHE WAS PROBABLY THE MAIN
REASON YOU WENT THERE. SARAH
YOU HAD A GREAT MOTHER AND
SUCH A KIND SPIRIT. PLEASE
EXCEPT MY HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES AT THIS MOST
DIFFICULT TIME.
MILDRED WALL HARROD
mildred harrod
May 19, 2008
Mrs. Bell will be greatly missed. I can remember her loving kindness and beauty smile she always gave when I talked with her as I grew up at Main Street Baptist.
Julia Riggins (Cox)
May 16, 2008
It was a previlage to know Ms. Bell. I knew her to be a kind soul who adored people.
James Ritter
May 16, 2008
Its been a long time since I have seen Mrs. Bell, her and Mrs. Akins were always smiling, must of been spoiling all those babies in the nursery at Main Street Baptist, I useed to go in at the Vogue store at Phillips Hwy to say hey to her and to ask how Sarah was, who was my 7th grade sunday school teacher, the years have passed but I have always remembered Mrs. Bell and how happy she always was, my prayers and thoughts are with all of her family, heaven truly has a angel now..
God Bless
Lenora Brickel
May 16, 2008
My heartfelt condolences...
Doriana Atkinson
May 16, 2008
my heart goes out to the family in your time of lost and sorrow i know this is a hard time for you all and in time god will heal all broken hearts smile and look at the times you had with her and to mrs. cathy and the wright family may god bless you all and keep you... love nicole
nicole crumbly
May 16, 2008
Mrs. Bell's smile and quiet dignity were trademarks along with a steadfast devotion to her family. Visiting with her at home or at the Vogue shops years before, that twinkle in her eye was a constant. Having just lost my mother last week, I know how difficult it is to say "goodbye." But I also know that Mrs. Bell and my Mom are celebrating their homecomings with dear loved ones who made the journey before them. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with all the family.
Nancy, Steve and Evan McAlister; Lindsay and Michael Stewart
Nancy McAlister
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