Virginia Mattiza Bell
January 1, 1931 – April 20, 2021
VIRGINIA MATTIZA BELL was born in Paige, Texas, on New Year’s Day, January 1, 1931 at the home of her grandparents. She was the beloved only child of John E. & Ernestine Mattiza and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Virginia attended Houston public schools and graduated from Austin High School in 1948, where she met and fell in love with her future husband, William Spencer Bell.
Virginia and W.S. were married at The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer on June 24, 1950, in Houston, TX. W.S. served in the U.S. Air Force and the military sent them to Biloxi, MS, Wichita Falls, TX, and Chicago, IL for training with their final assignment in Bermuda for two years. Upon return from Bermuda, they made their home in Houston, TX where she remained her entire life. Virginia & W.S. were blessed with their only child, Candace Elaine Bell, on November 14, 1956. Sadly, W.S. passed away after a brief illness at the young age of 31 on March 18, 1961. Virginia adored and devoted her entire life to raising her four-year-old daughter, Candace, after W. S. passed away. She was blessed with one grandson, Travis Spencer Barrs, whom she cherished and enjoyed throughout his childhood, and one great granddaughter, Emma Claire Barrs. Virginia worked her entire adult life, beginning as a secretary with Peden Iron & Steel and ended her career as a buyer for G.E. Oil & Gas, retiring in 2006, at the of age 75. Although work was necessary it was not her whole life. She was a gifted artist who painted without any formal training. Her medium of choice was oil, and her landscapes and animal paintings were beautiful beyond description. After relocating to Humble, Virginia made her last home at the Watercrest Retirement Community in Kingwood, Texas. She lived a full and active life and celebrated her 90th birthday earlier this year on January 1st. Her health began to fail from complications of Parkinson’s in 2019, and she passed away at Watercrest on April 20, 2021.
Virginia is preceded in death by her parents, John & Ernestine Mattiza, and her beloved husband, W.S. Bell. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Candace & Barry Barrs of New Braunfels, TX, her grandson & his wife, Travis and Lesley Barrs, and her great granddaughter, Emma Claire Barrs, all of Cumming, GA. She will also be missed by her cousins, Gwen Zoch Kemp and Andrew Symmank, and Gwen’s daughter, Kelley Kemp McDermott, Virginia’s adored god daughter. She also leaves to mourn nieces and nephew, Diane Cutaia Griffin, Becky Cutaia, and Charlie Cutaia and extended family members.
Virginia’s final resting place will be alongside her husband and parents. A private, graveside service will be officiated by Linda Beth Perry, ordained Lay Minister in the United Methodist Church at Forest Park Cemetery Lawndale, in Houston, Texas.
A special thank you and appreciation are extended to her faithful and loving caregivers, Gail Inferrera and Maria Perales. Thank you also to Devotion Hospice for their compassionate care.
Friday, April 30, 2021
Virginia Mattiza Bell
April 24, 2021
PRECIOUS DEAR AUNT, WE ALWAY KNEW YOU WERE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PERSON--NOT ONLY PHYSICALLY BUT INSIDE ALSO.
ALL THE WONDERFUL MEMORIES AND ALL THE LAUGHTER WE SHARED FOR YEARS.
KNOW THAT HEAVEN IS REJOICING AND ALL OUR FAMILY WERE GATHERED TO WELCOME YOU HOME.
WE WILL SEE YOU SOON!!!!!!!!
April 22, 2021
I enjoyed volunteering with you at HAAM and all the fun we shared while living at Lakeshore Villas. You've earned your Angel's Wings. Love you. RIP
April 22, 2021
As a family friend, I have known Virginia for years. She was a lovely person and very successful in her career. She cared deeply for her family and was devoted to them. May you be blessed with happy memories of her long life.
April 21, 2021
I met Virginia at HAAM where we volunteered together. She was such a beautiful and sweet lady. She also took me out to the May center for the art class and she taught me the basics. She showed me the oil painting that she made of her husband for Candace. She was really a talented artist! I loved her! Sending my deepest condolences to family and friends!