September 6, 1921 – June 9, 2021
Glendora Louise Crosswhite Bell passed away June 9, 2021 at the age of 99, just three months shy of her 100th birthday. She was a founding resident of the Querencia retirement community, opened in 2008, where she had many friends, enjoyed bridge, attended Democratic watch parties, and participated In the residents’ governing committee.
Glendora was born in Independence, Missouri on September 6, 1921 to Edward H. and Myrtle See Crosswhite of Independence. In 1944 she graduated as a Diploma Registered Nurse from the University of Kansas Nursing School as part of a program to train nurses for the military. She was married to Lt. Colonel Bill Bell on February 21, 1946 in Independence, Missouri. Glendora and Bill lived a military officer’s family life, stationed in France, Germany, Taiwan, and posts across the United States, including The Presidio of Monterey, California and Ft. Hood, Texas. They moved to Austin, Texas in 1963 upon Bill’s retirement from the U.S. Army.
Glendora worked as a Registered Nurse at each of their overseas postings. In Austin, she began her 20 year career as a nurse at the Austin State School, retiring in 1982 as the Director of Nursing Services. Prior to her directorship, she was director of the non-ambulatory unit, the infirmary, and was known for making dramatic improvements to the care and welfare of clients. Glendora was proud to have been one of the original nurses to participate in the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study, began in 1967 and continued for 25 years, considered the most significant, longitudinal study on the health of women. Glendora was an avid reader, a staunch democrat, a player in Austin City Council member Emma Long’s Friday night poker games, and an ardent feminist, thrilled to have been able to vote for the first woman presidential candidate in 2016 and to help elect a woman vice-president in 2020. She was direct in her dealings with friends, children, and grandchildren, and all are better people for it.
Glendora is survived by three children, Mike Bell of Leavenworth, Kansas, Elizabeth Bell of Lutz, Florida, and Alan Bell, of Austin; six grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. As an only child, she was close with her surviving cousins, Barbie Hockemeyer and Carol Champlain Johnson of California. Glendora’s family will receive visitors from 4-6pm on Sunday, June 13 at the Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home in Austin.
Glendora Crosswhite Bell will be buried next to her husband Bill Bell at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at 10:30am on Monday, June 14, 2021 in San Antonio, Texas.
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Monday, June 14, 2021
Barry and Tamara McGinnis
June 16, 2021
What a life your Mother lived! Although we never had the pleasure to meet her in person, we were fortunate to hear her on the phone one afternoon with our Corvette brother Mike Bell. She sounded so spunky, you would have never known she was 99 years young! What a special lady.
You are in our Prayers and our Hearts during this time of need. Sending comfort to our brother Mike Bell and all of your family. Barry and Tamara McGinnis VBP VETTES
Nina Chatham Greenberg
June 15, 2021
I only met your mom a few times, but I wish I would have known her better. She was truly a strong, remarkable woman. What a gift your family has shared.
June 12, 2021
Ah, the wonderful Glendora Bell. She was a joy to work with at Austin State School. I extend my sympathy to her family and friends. She will be greatly missed.
June 11, 2021
Glennie was one sharp lady, very proud of her children. She was very capable and "with it". I had the pleasure of serving as her Realtor with the sale of her home. She was a delight and very encouraging along the way.
Jennifer Rogers Padden
June 11, 2021
I fondly remember the days spent in the Bell household in Ft. Hood and in Austin. For a long time it was almost my second home and Mrs. Bell made me feel so very comfortable. I am so much better for having known her and her amazing family. God has called another angel home. My condolences to the Bell siblings and extended family.