Marian Ann Bell
June 23, 1919 – June 18, 2020
Marian Ann Bell, age 100, passed away peacefully just five days before her 101st birthday on June 18, 2020, at her home in Dexter, Michigan. In her final days, she was surrounded with love from her family and friends as she was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister. She was born on June 23, 1919, to Alma (Nerreter) and John Schmidt of Saginaw, Michigan. She married the love of her life, William Franklin Bell, on Groundhog’s Day, February 2, 1946. They spent the majority of their 53 years together in Flushing before Bill preceded her in death.
During World War II, she worked at the Flint Stock Market for Payne and Webber, and later at Buick. She was a Council member of the Industrial Business Girls Association and was the first person to ever serve two years as Treasurer. She was employed part-time by the Mott Foundation teaching Charm classes in the Flint schools, and also sold Amway products. She volunteered her time when her children were young with their school Parent Teacher Association and was an active member of Parkland Presbyterian Church.
Marian found her calling as an interior decorator at the age of 55, and loved decorating homes for Decor’s Studio of Flushing until her stroke at the age of 89. Marian will be remembered for her love of family, large circle of friends, red hair, and a passion for dancing. She was a life member of the Great Lakes Swing Club, and attended dance events at Club Clarendon and the Flushing Senior Center. In her own words, “I lived to be on the dance floor.”
She will be dearly missed by her daughter Stephanie Bell of Dexter, son Bradford “Red” Bell of Roscommon, granddaughter Elise (Mike) Troczynski of Whitmore Lake, granddaughter Tarah (Joel) Ash of Pinckney, grandson Blake (Ashley) Bell of Fife Lake, brother Elwood Johnston of Flint, sister-in-law Bobbie Harrell of Sebring, Florida, nephew Craig (Susan) Allen of Fenton, and nieces Jill Claxton of Ypsilanti and Jayne (Bob) Carey of Grand Blanc. She so loved being a great-grandma to Pennie and Burban William Bell and twins Lauren and Jordan Ash. Due to the pandemic, a “Celebration of Life” will be held at a future date.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Marian Ann Bell
July 1, 2020
I am so glad to have had the opportunity to get to know
Marian, even for a short time. She was a joyful lovely lady.
And to Stephanie we share our affection. Larry and Joanne W
June 26, 2020
dear Stephanie and extended family,
In your early years, you were loved and cared for by your Mom (and dad) and in your Mother’s later years, she was so well loved and cared for by you and her family and friends~~
With sincere sympathy and friendship,
June 25, 2020
Stephanie and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Your mother was very fortunate to have such a wonderful daughter to take care of her and to be part of your family.
Thinking of all of you and sending my condolences.
Retired teacher from Dexter Schools
June 24, 2020
Dear Stephanie & Brad,
It is with much sadness and a heavy heart that I say How sad and sorry I was to learn of Marian's passing. She accomplished what she wanted to do and lived to 100 years old and her party. She was my Moms good friend for a lifetime and was so special to me. I loved to be at her home and enjoyed hearing all about her dancing. Her talents were multiple. Decorating, cooking, cleaning and being a caring and loving person. Mom and Marian spoke regularly on the phone until my Moms death in Aug of 2019. It was so fun to eavesdrop on their conversations cause neither of them could hear. They mainly talked about us! We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Much love, Beckie