Carol S. Bell

25 May, 19447 August, 2020

Carol S. Bell was born May 25th, 1944 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and passed away on August 7th, 2020. Carol was a loving wife, sister, aunt, and friend. She adored Snoopy the dog, and enjoyed collecting different Snoopy memorabilia. Carol enjoyed adventure, and loved to fly with her husband at the Flying Dutchmen and Aero Estates Airstrip. She enjoyed painting and was a talented pianist. In her youth, she was a hard working athlete and participated in marathons. Carol was a hard worker, and handled accounting for Scott Air Force Base.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Rainy A. Bell; her parents, Carl and Catherine (Kutris) Ropos .

She is survived by her sister, Gloria Jean Lang; and many nieces and nephews. Donations can be made to any of the following: Humane Society of Belleville Area, or St Mary Catholic Church.

A private graveside service will be at Valhalla-Gaerdner-Holten Funeral Home & Gardens of Memory on Frank Scott Parkway West in Belleville IL.


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Kim Ferguson

August 27, 2020

Carol was a wonderful artist and member of the Gateway East Artist Guild. We will all miss her. God bless her family, may she rest in peace.

Mark Nankivil

August 15, 2020

We will truly miss her - good friend to us and generous to our Museum. She was always so nice to my son when we visited and would let him drive her around in her golf cart when we were over to Aero Estates for the WACO breakfast fly in. I can now see her and Rainy up flying together again!

Ginger Miller

August 14, 2020

Many fine memories of Carol and Rainy. Carol was a kind person who never said a mean word about anyone. Really enjoyed the days of Illinois Pilot Association meetings and fly-ins with her. Carol & Rainy would stop in at Bell City Battery to visit on a weekly basis. Often they had their beloved pup, Buddy, with them. Good people are a treasure to all of us. Carol was a good person.

Carolyn Needles

August 12, 2020

Gloria and family,
My condolences to you all.
Carol was a special person and a good friend to me. She was rather quiet but was quite often funny. She was a nice person touched many lives in the art community. I enjoyed our luncheons together and of course painting together. She was supportive of me as an art teacher and in June when I talked to her, looking forward to painting again. I know the last 2 years were hard for her. I'm glad I was able to help her through part of the hard times. I will miss her.

Carolyn Needles


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