Patricia Ilene Bell
February 12, 1929 – January 9, 2021
Patricia Ilene Bell, 91, was born February 12, 1929 and passed away January 9th 2021. She is survived by her children James C. O’Reilly III and Colleen O. Schmidt, as well as numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. Patricia was a devout Christian woman who enjoyed dancing, caring for others, and a spotless house. Patricia immigrated from Saskatchewan, Canada to the Santa Clara area at age 19 with her older brother, Bob. She spent most of her life raising children as she was a child care provider in her early years, in addition to raising her own children and her grandchildren. She will be remembered for her wet kisses, sharp wit, selflessness, love and affection to her family and friends. Due to the pandemic, no services will be held.
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Patricia Ilene Bell
January 16, 2021
Our deepest sympathies to Colleen, Jim and the whole family on the loss of your mother. Aunty Pat is the last of our 13 elders on the Nydegger side and will be deeply missed. She was the last link for all of us to our parents and so much history is now only in our memories.
So many great memories I have of Aunty Pat and the gathering of the siblings here in BC that I was lucky enough to be present for. Nobody could laugh at themselves like the Nydegger children from the farm and the stories they had were always filled with adventure, naughtiness and laughter. Laughter that was often accompanied by the wheezing and coughing of the siblings with breathing problems (of which Jerry, Pat and Bob were the only exempt ones). My God they were fun and loving.
But one of my fondest memories of My Aunty Pat was a visit to California when I was 21. I stayed for awhile at her house and we bonded for the first time in an adult way. I left feeling loved and seen, and with some lovely clothes from her closet that she no longer wore. Well, Aunty always dressed in the most beautiful clothes with her hair and nails done to perfection. She was the glamorous Californian aunt that we admired and envied. I can tell you I felt like a million bucks in that grey pinstriped Chanel type skirt suit and I still have it in my closet as I could never bear to part with it. I will miss you until the end of my days but I know you are with all of your loved ones that have been waiting for you and “joking it up” as my wise cousin Colleen said.
January 15, 2021
To spend any time with Pat is to know the true meaning of the phrase "Ah but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now". She was eternal youth in person. She always had more energy, positive outlook, and more gracious love and kindness to spread and sprinkle on all those close to her. Her legacy will always be the example she set for others to follow in her footsteps and carry on the glow of the original light not in imitation but in emulation of the nature of the person she was and we were all lucky enough to know.
Show me the mountains to match some women and I'll show Patricia Ilene Bell to match any mountain.
January 14, 2021
Dear Aunt Pat. Her yellow Caddie, arriving with a flourish into our country driveway. Her lovely home and pool, her welcome hugs, and my last memory, dancing with her at Dawn Marie's wedding. She has joined our moms and dads, and I imagine they are all laughing with joy.