OBITUARY

Betty Jean Bella

February 5, 1926April 23, 2021
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Betty Jean Bella was called home by the Lord on April 23, 2021. Betty was born February 5,1926 in Fostoria, OH to the late John and Bessie Irene (Hunt) Holden. She met the love of her life, the late Walter Bella with whom she was married to for 58 years. She is survived by sons Walter (Pam) and Charles (Joanne) Bella, and her brother Ron (Mavis) Holden. Betty is the beloved grandmother of 5, great-grandmother of 9, and great-great-grandmother of 2, and fond aunt to many. She was preceded in death by daughter Susan Joy, brothers Robert (Hazel), John (Maxine) and Richard (Valarie) Holden and sisters Doris (Rollin) Richendollar, and Janet (Archie) Waltermyer, sister-in-law Gertrude Holden (Nee Hamson), and brother-in-law Rudy (Mary Jane) Bella.

Betty came to Chicago to attend the Chicago Evangelic Institute where she earned her Bachelor's Degree. While at CEI, she met her late husband. She later received a Master’s Degree in Education at Governors State University. She taught at Dearborn Heights School in Oak Lawn for 24 years. Betty was a devoted member of the Oak Lawn Wesleyan Church.

Visitation will be on Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Chapel Hill Gardens South Funeral Home, 11333 S. Central Ave. in Oak Lawn, IL. A Chapel Service will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 30th at the funeral home. Interment private.

In consideration of the safety of our guests and associates, Chapel Hill Gardens South Funeral Home will adhere to the current COVID restrictions in the state of Illinois, which allow 50 or fewer guests at a visitation and services. Proper social distancing must be practiced and all guests will be required to wear face masks at all times. No food will be allowed at the funeral home. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. For info: please call 708-636-1200.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.ChapelHillGardensSouth.com for the Bella family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, April 30, 2021

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(TJ) Tyron Haywood Jr.

May 1, 2021

My great grandmother was and still is a beautiful person. When she came over when we were little.She would go to the dining room table with me and my siblings.She would use M&M's or skittles to solve math problems.The best part is, when we done multiplication tables. For instance 7×6=42, we would've gotten 42 Skittles.She would have to buy 2 or more 32 Oz bags.Also when great grandma would take me out to the mall. She went to Toys R Us and bought Monster High Toys.Which was $20 per doll and accessories.However, she didn't know the price and she said to get 4.So, I got four with accessories.Then, we got to the cash register and the price was around $200. After, we left Toys R Us she took a to get dairy queen blizzards.We both got ButterFinger and we went back to her house.Then, she would get worn out and fall asleep in Great Grandpa Bella's recliner. Recently, I went to the park Thursday while it was raining.I saw two red cardinals flying together.So, it was official Great Grandpa and Great Grandma Bella were in Heaven together.
Love, TJ Haywood (Your Buddy Great Grandma Bella)

Sherry & Dave Gorski

April 29, 2021

I remember meeting Betty & Walter at
Wesleyan Community Church in 2003.
What a Lovely Couple.
She use to hand out the Church Bulletin &
would have an insert of people that needed Prayers! She always had a Smile on her face & Loved Our Church Family & Loved the Lord! Betty will be missed by many!
She is now with Jesus & Walter!
Praise The Lord!!!

Sandra Sawczak

April 28, 2021

What sadness to hear of Betty's passing (always Mrs. Bella to me) My memories of Jesus, clouds and flannel graphs take me back to Sunday School and her teaching Bible Stories, in the basement of the Wesleyan Church. What a faithful servant to use her gift of teaching through out the week and then again on Sundays. My parents Bill and Kay Booth were good friends of the Bellas. Such wonderful memories of coffee after church in either of our homes. As a child she'd let me drink milk from a porcelain cup with a dog in the bottom, as I got to sit at the grown-up table. Her house was always available for guests to visit and enjoy company and her beautiful gardens. I'm am so grateful for her faithfulness with the prayer ministry. I can't imagine how many received healing through all the years of her updating and encouraging everyone to pray. Rejoicing that Betty is again with Walt (I'm sure telling a joke) and in the arms of her Savior.

Debra Couch

April 26, 2021

Will miss the surprise phone calls! Debbie Ann....this is your Aunt Betty, just wanted to check on you and tell you I love you! How is your family? She even took over the Birthday calls that my mom did...Our prayers are with you all

kimberly gibson

April 26, 2021

I remember an I have them when she sends poems to me from beautiful bible verses to about different things I love how she call an talk to everyone all the time she was such a joy to c an have around she will b missed in so many ways

John Wickstrom

April 26, 2021

Betty was such a sweet and wonderful friend. I will always be impressed at her dedication to prayer and willingness to adapt to a changing world that she would take a computer class later in life to be able to type a prayer sheet to give to the church and keep people updated on how to pray. She had a bright smile and a quick wit. Whenever I would go to visit, she often had a joke that she wanted to share. Sometimes her fun-loving snarkiness would catch me off-guard when it would emerge in those moments. She was such a joy to visit, and I always came away from my time with her more encouraged than what I felt like I was able to bring to her. I look forward to seeing my friend again one day in Glory. You were dearly loved and will be sincerely missed Betty!

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