May 28, 1918 – December 22, 2018
Peacefully in her sleep at the Salem Manor in Leduc, Frances Bell passed away in her 101st year.
Predeceased by her husband W.A. “Bill” Bell (1984) and her daughter-in-law Wendi (nee Giles) (1990).
She is survived by 4 children, 4 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren: 1. Alan and his family of Calgary; 2. Heather of Edmonton and her son Marc (Pascale) and family of Calgary; 3. Bonnie of Toronto; 4. Howard (Amy) of Leduc, his son Jason and family of Edmonton and his daughter Lindsay (Luke) and family of Edmonton.
Frances was born and raised in Edmonton and while she was working in Ottawa, met her husband Bill who was training in the RCAF. They were married in 1942 and lived in southern Alberta before settling in Leduc in 1954. Trained as a stenographer, she worked in Leduc as a part time court clerk and for years was an employee of Sparrow Industries. She was a lifetime member of the Anglican Church and The Order of the Eastern Star. At various times she volunteered with Meals-on-Wheels, School Tutoring, Second Glance, and Dr. Woods’ House Museum. Frances loved dancing, curling, bowling and making crafts of any kind. In her later life she became an avid traveler throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, and other parts of the world. Frances has now taken her final journey.
The family would like to thank Kathi Kilgour for her friendship and support to Frances over the years. They would also like to thank the staff at Salem Manor for their excellent care and compassion during the years she was a resident there.
Cremation has taken place. The Funeral Service will be held on Friday February 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 4416 – 50 Street, Leduc. Burial will take place in the Spring at Leduc Cemetery.
In lieu of other tributes, donations in memory of Frances may be made to any local organization or charity.
Condolences may be sent to the family via the website: www.hainstockleduc.com
St. Paul's Anglican Church
4416 - 50 Street
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January 18, 2019
Frances lived across the street from us in Leduc and she was always a great neighbour and friend. I fondly recall seeing my husband Fred with Frances , sitting on her front steps while Allen, Bonnie, Heather and Howard played on the lawn. The adults were planning the Sunday School lessons for the following day. I also really enjoyed a trip that Frances and I took together to the Canary Islands after we were both widowed. She lived a full and meaningful life.
January 13, 2019
Frances and I spent many happy days together. It may be working on Eastern Star events or even planning events for the Anglican church. We planned a very detailed and difficult treasure hunt from Leduc out to Estor Lailaw's cottage at Pigeon Lake . I think we had more fun planning it than most would have had trying to follow our directions. Frances accompanied my mother and I on several different occasions in order that my mother may have someone her own age. Frances was one of the first people to help me get involved in Windsor Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. I truly admired her extensive collection of pepper and salt shakers. I even contributed to it by bring back a pair of shakers from North Carolina. They were the national bird of North Carolina. I also treasure the memories of sitting with Frances where we would discuss many and varied subjects. She was very knowledge about so many different subjects.