Doane Beal & Ames


Betty Ann Bell

November 30, 1932September 6, 2021

Betty Ann Bell, 88, most recently of Hollis ME, died Monday, September 6.

She was born to the late Harold and Pearl Hatch, November 30, 1932, in Maynard, MA. She was one of 10 children. Betty attended Maynard schools and graduated High School in 1950. Betty married the late James Bell in 1972, they lived together in Acton, MA until 1978 when they moved to Centerville, MA. In 2003 they settled in Hollis, ME.

Betty worked as a phone operator for Bell Telephone and then Digital in her younger years. After marrying Jim she took a few years to herself . Later, while living in Centerville, she was the Communications Director for Cape Cod Hospital where she was affectionately referred to as “Ma Bell”.

During her younger years she enjoyed snowmobiling and camping with her friends and family. She loved Country Music and every week she and Jim would get dressed in their fancy duds and go out Square Dancing. She enjoyed sharing “love is” cartoons with her husband who left her love notes with them. Betty enjoyed watching her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren perform in shows, excel in sports or simply just spending time together. She adored having people over and playing games were her passion throughout her life. When living in Maine she would visit the Hollis Rec department every week for Cribbage and lunch. Every night after dinner games were played. She enjoyed going out for lunch and exploring new places. At one restaurant a local group of people, known as the Bozos, “adopted” her and she joined them every week for lunch.

Betty is survived by four children: Charlotte Fiandaca of Orange, MA; Garry Foley and his wife Karin of Phillipston, MA; Joe Bell and his wife Kathy of Mashpee, MA ; Jeanne Martin and her husband John of Hollis, ME. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren

Betty is predeceased by her husband James Bell, daughter Charlene Keefe, son Michael Foley and grandson Edward Bezanson.

Viewings will be held at Doane Beal & Ames Funeral Home in Hyannis MA on Tuesday, September 14 5pm-7pm. Wednesday, September 15 9am-11am. Commitment Ceremony will be held at 12:30pm Wednesday at the Bourne National Cemetery in Bourne, MA. A luncheon hosted by Betty’s niece, Jo Ann Carville, will take place immediately following the ceremony at 67 Punkhorn Point, Mashpee.

The family respectfully requests that masks be worn when indoors regardless of vaccinations status. There will be a Celebration of Life on Sunday, September 19th from 2-4pm at The Old White Church 15 Salmon Falls Rd, Bar Mills ME. Light refreshments will be served. The Celebration will also be available via ZOOM.


  • Harold and Pearl Hatch, Parents (deceased)
  • James Bell, Husband (deceased)
  • Charlene Keefe, Daughter (deceased)
  • Michael Foley, Son (deceased)
  • Edward Bezanson, Grandson (deceased)
  • Charlotte Fiandaca, Daughter
  • Garry Foley (Karin), Son
  • Joe Bell (Kathy), Son
  • Jeanne Martin (John), Daughter


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life

    Sunday, September 19, 2021


Betty Ann Bell

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Patti Kennedy

September 10, 2021

Although I haven’t seen Aunt Betty for many years, I have fond memories of her because I grew up right down the street. I was always at her house. She had the best sense of humor and always had a kind word for everyone. One of my favorite people in my young life. She will be missed.❤️

Diane Laferriere

September 10, 2021

I will always remember Ma Bell for her fabulous sense of humor and great smile. She welcomed me into your home as if I was one of her own, truly a wonderful women. She will be missed by so many, Diane

Jo Carvilr

September 9, 2021

Betty was someone
who I could always talk to, she was like a second mother to me. She was also my best friend. I was honored to have her as my maid of honor when I married my late husband. She was always there for me if I wasn’t feeling well or just need some advise. She told it as she saw it. One day as I was complaining she told me “Joey you just need to buck up!!!! She was right. I knew I was loved by her and I will miss her more than words could ever say. Love you Bet❤️