Effie Bigler Bell
Effie Bell 7/2/1914 ~ 10/11/2007 Effie Bigler Bell " 93 years" passed away on October 11, 2007. Effie was born on July 2, 1914 in Nephi, Utah to Abner and Ruby Bigler. In her early childhood years she was raised in towns of Silver City, Nephi and Eureka, Utah. On May 1, 1936 she married Gordon Bell. They began their married life together in Eureka, Utah and followed mining industry jobs in New Mexico and Arizona and eventually returning to Utah settling in Murray, Utah, finally returning to Eureka when Gordon retired. Gordon died on March 16, 1982 and Effie remained in Eureka for the next 20 years, surrounded by good friends and relatives. In her later years she moved to the Salt Lake area. Effie was a life-long New Deal Democrat and voted in every election. She loved decorating her home during Christmas and attending the annual Nephi Memorial Day reunion. She was an avid and prolific reader of books and newspapers. Effie read everything from biographies to the Harry Potter series. One of the legacies she left to her three children was the enjoyment and importance of reading. Although Effie was a lifelong member of the LDS religion and served in various capacities and callings, she also made lasting friendships with people of many other religious persuasions. For Effie, the friend part was more important to her than belonging to a specific affiliation. Effie was preceded in death by her husband, an infant baby girl, Joan and her sisters; Alyth, Elizabeth, Ruby and her brother, Mac. She is survived by her children: Richard (Sherry), Payson, Utah; Jackie (Dave Chavis), Sandy, Utah; Don (Kris) of Salt Lake City. Also survived by 11 grandchildren: Lori, Gordon, Pam, Colin, Karla, Mark, Matt, Abbie, Becky, Don and Jessica and 24 great-grandchildren and Effie's younger sister Alice. At Effie's request there will be no formal funeral service. Her exact words regarding this were, " ... everyone I know is either dead or too old to travel and we never know what the weather will be like!" That being said, there will be a viewing/visitation for those interested on Sunday, October 14, 2007 from 6-8 p.m. at the Cannon Mortuary, 2460 East Bengal Blvd. (7600 South) Salt Lake City. There will also be a short graveside service the following day, Monday, October 16, 2007, 12 noon at the Nephi City Cemetery, 400 East 300 South, Nephi, Utah. Effie's children would like to express a special thank you to Laurie Carruth and Lani Herd who went above and beyond their calling as Effie's LDS Visiting Teachers. Mother enjoyed their visits and conversations. We would also like to thank Sunbrook Hospice for their professional and compassionate assistance, most notably that of Jolene Wilkinson, R.N.
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Published by Deseret News on Oct. 13, 2007.
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Dear Don, Jackie and Donald, As your old neighbor, growing up in Eureka, I want to convey my sincere condolances to you at the loss of your Mother. Also, please know that my Mother, Margaret Fennell sends you her love and always had a close friendship with your Mom. I've lost track of all of you over the years; do e-mail me if you care to get in touch ~ I'm South Jordan now. God Bless, JoRae Fennell Kay
JoRae Kay
October 15, 2007
Dear Grandma,

It doesn't seem real to me that you are gone. I will miss you very much. Just like Jessica, i have many fond memories of you throughout my life. I loved talking to you about books, or what was happening on the news, and hearing your stories. I will never forget them. You were a wonderful grandmother.

Abbie Bell CarterSmith
October 15, 2007
I was very close to my Grandma Effie and spent a lot of time with her as a child. My most fond memory is when my mother would drive my brother and me out to her house in Eureka on the weekends for sleepovers. We would walk around the old mining town and play in the hills behind her house. I would stay up and talk to her late at night, asking her the many questions that children do while she would tell me all of her stories. She will be deeply missed. I love you Grandma!
Love your Grand daugter,

Jessica Lynne
Jessica Chavis
October 13, 2007
Aunt Effie, you will be missed by all of us.
Craig & Ann Fennell
October 13, 2007
I truly miss you.
Alice O'Connor
October 13, 2007
Some of my fondest childhood memories include Aunt Effie and Uncle Gordon. I loved to go their home. Aunt Effie always made everything fun and exciting when I was with her. Even when I became an adult, I thoroughly enjoyed visiting with Aunt Effie. She could always make me laugh. Thank you Aunt Effie for being such a wonderful aunt. Love, Karen
Karen Bell Henderson
October 13, 2007
Dear Cousins,
I have so many great memories of Aunt Effie, from my childhood to my adult years.
What a fabulous and classy lady she was.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.
Dixie H. Mitchell
Dixie H. Mitchell
October 13, 2007