Grace Mae Bell

April 23, 1938November 15, 2020

On Sunday, November 15, 2020, Grace Mae Elizabeth Fields Bell passed away at the age of 82. She went by many names, her sons called her Mom, her friends called her Babe and other friends and family lovingly called her Nanny Bell.

Mae was born on April 23, 1938 in Charlottesville, Va. In 1955 she moved to Madison Heights, Va., where she married the late John W. Bell Sr. and raised two devoted sons, JW Bell and Mark Alan Bell.

Mae was a graduate of Madison Heights High School and Phillips Business College. She worked for Kasten’s Jewelry Store until they closed and would later work for the Lynchburg Credit Bureau and Centra Health.

Mae was preceded in death by her Grandmother Hattie Mae Fields and her Mother Carrie Fields Moore. She is survived by her two loving sons JW Bell (Vickie) of Buena Vista and Mark Alan Bell (Jane) of Madison Heights, five Grandchildren, Heather Ware (Jonathan), Rory Bell (April), Meagan Bigham (Justin), Blair Bell and Morgan Paugh (Ricky). Nine great grandchildren, Dakota, Elli, Kamille, Mason, Colden, Korbin, Vivi, Kyleigh and Maverick. George Wingfield was a special friend to Mae who she loved like a son. She also leaves behind special cousins that were near and dear to her heart. Mae also had loving neighbors who looked out for her since she lived alone. She always stated how blessed she was to be surrounded by so many loving people.

Mae had many devoted service people caring for her at the assisted living facility where she had been a resident for the past year.

Mae was devoted to her family and had an infectious laugh that her friends and family loved to hear. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

A graveside service will be conducted 11:00 am Thursday, November 19, 2020 at Fort Hill Memorial Park with Mary Jane Campbell officiating. Mrs. Bell will be available for viewing from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at Whitten Monelison Chapel.

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Whitten Monelison Chapel is serving the family, (434) 929-5712.



  • Open Visitation Hours

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, November 19, 2020

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Wendy Bryant

November 20, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss of such a amazing person. I have lots of beautiful memories of her from the time we became neighbors and I was little until now. Nannie (Louise Bryant) thought so much of her. I am a better person for knowing her

Mike and Anne Duff

November 19, 2020

JW, Vickie and Mark and Jane, so sorry to hear about your mom, she was such a joy to be around and always had something nice to say about ya! She will be TRUELY missed by all that knew her! Prayers sent and God Bless the family

Teresa Tatlock Stinson

November 17, 2020

JW and Vicky, Mark and Jane
I am so sad to hear that we have lost Mae Bell. She meant so much to all of us whose lives she touched. I have so many precious memories of her. She was like a mother to me. Her smile, laughter and love will never be forgotten. Sending love and hugs to you all.

EW Viar

November 17, 2020

So sorry to learn of the passing of Grace. I always enjoyed seeing her at the raffles. She was always cheerful and fun to be around! Prayers for comfort for Mark and J.W.

Jean Alstad

November 17, 2020

My deepest Condolences to the family... Mae was a ray of my first years of working on Main Street, Lynchburg... I would see this beautiful lady walking.. always with a beautiful smile, saying hello to everyone, her kindness, her knowledge of knowing people was to be admired....My blessing when we became friends... Thank you Mae for making me feel welcomed in this town 33 years ago... you would always be in my heart... Rest in Peace Beautiful Mae......

Donna Layne

November 17, 2020

I first met Mae when I was about 17. She worked for Kastens and I worked at L. Opplemans. We hit it off instantly because she was my favorite kind of who made me laugh! That infectious laugh and the ability to make others laugh went hand-in-hand with Mae! She later introduced me to her Son J.W., who later on married, whom I affectionately know, as “Cousin” Vickie. They remain dear to me to this day. I have been at many family gatherings and have watched this family grow with Mae front and center. There has ALWAYS been love and welcoming! My heart is heavy, but my soul is light, for I know God truly gained another Angel. Loving hugs and prayers surround J.W., Mark, and the entire family. Love you all! ❤️

Cathi Mason

November 16, 2020

Any party or social gatherings I would position myself near Babe , we would laugh and laugh
I remember meeting her about 38 years ago and felt instantly I had a friend for life.
The Bell family dynamic between Babe JW and Mark was amazing to watch over the years
It was a mixture of loyalty, trust , devotion and love. #threemusketeers.
A star just got a little brighter. Rest Peacefully Babe. ❤️

Connie Gowell

November 16, 2020

The picture on Mae's obituary is the lady I remember at the Credit
Bureau and later. I loved Mae and enjoyed working with her and being good friends! Sending my love and prayers to all the family.
It is a hard thing to lose a Mom and friend!

Lee and Betty Bryant

November 16, 2020

J.W., Mark and Family,
We wish to extend our deepest sympathy for the loss of your precious mother. She extended an open heart, home and arms to all and I treasure my memory of time spent with her years ago. May your memories, your love for her and her love for you bring you much comfort today and in the days ahead. I know you will be sharing some funny stories as well. Her smile tells it all!!! God bless you all and may you feel HIS loving arms around each of you!
Lee and Betty Sue Bryant

Debbie Iseman

November 16, 2020

Dear Family, What a Blessing to have such a Sweetheart for your Mom. I met Mrs. Bell a long time ago. My Mom took me to the jewelry store to get me a ring. Mrs. Mae Bell waited on us.
I fell in Love With this lady. So Nice,Sweet & took her time to fit me with my first birthstone
Ring. I wish there were a million Mrs. Mae Bell.
The world would be so much BETTER.
Love to All her babies❤️


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