Grace Mae Bell
1938 - 2020
Grace Mae Bell

On Sunday, November 15, 2020, Grace Mae Elizabeth Fields Bell passed away at the age of 82. She went by many names, her sons called her Mom, her friends called her Babe and other friends and family lovingly called her Nanny Bell.

Mae was born on April 23, 1938, in Charlottesville, Va. In 1955, she moved to Madison Heights, Va., where she married the late John W. Bell Sr. and raised two devoted sons, JW Bell and Mark Alan Bell.

Mae was a graduate of Madison Heights High School and Phillips Business College. She worked for Kasten's Jewelry Store until they closed and would later work for the Lynchburg Credit Bureau and Centra Health.

Mae was preceded in death by her grandmother, Hattie Mae Fields and her mother, Carrie Fields Moore. She is survived by her two loving sons, JW Bell (Vickie) of Buena Vista, and Mark Alan Bell (Jane) of Madison Heights; five grandchildren, Heather Ware (Jonathan), Rory Bell (April), Meagan Bigham (Justin), Blair Bell, and Morgan Paugh (Ricky); nine great-grandchildren, Dakota, Elli, Kamille, Mason, Colden, Korbin, Vivi, Kyleigh and Maverick. George Wingfield was a special friend to Mae who she loved like a son. She also leaves behind special cousins that were near and dear to her heart. Mae also had loving neighbors who looked out for her since she lived alone. She always stated how blessed she was to be surrounded by so many loving people.

Mae had many devoted service people caring for her at the assisted living facility where she had been a resident for the past year.

Mae was devoted to her family and had an infectious laugh that her friends and family loved to hear. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

A graveside service will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, November 19, 2020, at Fort Hill Memorial Park with Mary Jane Campbell officiating. Mrs. Bells will be available for viewing from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at Whitten Monelison Chapel.

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Published by The News & Advance on Nov. 17, 2020.
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Whitten Monelison Chapel
3966 South Amherst Highway, Madison Heights, VA 24572
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Fort Hill Memorial Park
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JW and Marl I was so sorry to hear about your mama. Mae was a sweetheart and always enjoyed life to the fullest. Love you guys and hang on to your precious memories
Debbie Ware
November 30, 2020
Sorry to just hear about your mother passing away! I had seen Vicky of all places at the cemetery awhile back & she said that your mom was ill!
Pete Mcconnell
November 22, 2020
I just saw the obituary this morning. I am so sorry for your loss may prayers be with your family.
Fred Thomas
November 22, 2020
Mark and family, we are so sorry for your lost. I know your Mom and Grandmother will always hold a special place in everyone's heart. Continue to be Loved and Blessed by your special memories. Love to all. Bernetta
Bernetta Chambers Pinn
November 22, 2020
Sorry for your loss
William S Cabell
November 17, 2020
a loved one
November 17, 2020
We´re so sorry to hear about the passing of you´lls mother. We´re praying for the family thru these times.
Rennie & Pam
November 17, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Mae´s death. She was a really special person. We grew up together across the road from each other on Lakeview Drive. When I saw her in later years she always had that special smile. My prayers for comfort are with you all.
Dolores Wright Tinsley
November 17, 2020