Ernestine "Ernie" Bell

October 27, 1918July 1, 2013

Ernestine “Ernie” (Aragao) Bell, 94, of Swansea died Monday, July 1, 2013 in the Catholic Memorial Home. She was the wife of the late Ernest W. Bell former Swansea Police Chief.

Born in Dartmouth, MA, daughter of the late Antone and Laura (Gracia) Aragao, she graduated from Dartmouth High School and Campbell Business School. She was employed as a sewing machine operator at Crown Fastener and Nancy Dress.

Mrs. Bell was a member of Christ Church in Swansea and ran the Harvest Festivals at the church for many years, with her husband. She was a volunteer at Charlton Memorial Hospital and was the recipient of many awards for all her volunteer hours.

Surviving one son: Kenneth E. Bell of Swansea, one daughter: Sandra Bell Nightingale and her husband James of Swansea, five grandchildren; Dawn Nightingale, Scott Nightingale, Kenneth E. Bell Jr., Mark Bell and Kristen Bell, several great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren. She was grandmother of the late David Nightingale, and sister of the late Elsie Aragao Dollinger and Clotilde G. Banville.

Her funeral will take place on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 9AM at the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME OF MEMORIAL TRIBUTE AT BIRCHCREST, 189 GARDNERS NECK ROAD, SWANSEA, funeral service to follow at 10AM at Christ Episcopal Church, 57 Main St., Swansea. Burial will be in Christ Church Cemetery. Visiting hours are Monday July 8, 4-7PM. In lieu of flowers kindly make memorial contributions to the Ernest W. Bell Animal Shelter, 68 Stevens Rd., Swansea, MA. 02777.



  • Visitation Monday, July 8, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 9, 2013


  • Burial

Ernestine "Ernie" Bell

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Tom McDonald

July 12, 2013

To The Bell Family,
My deepest condolences for your loss.
My Parents and Chief Bell where long-time friends back in the 1950's, when he was a Police Officer in Swansea.
May Mrs. Bell, along with Chief Bell rest in peace.
Their Contributions to The Community were numerous, and will never be forgotten.
Tom McDonald/Somerset, Ma.

July 10, 2013

Great Grandma Bell you will be missed. May you rest in peace and know that you are in our prayers and thoughts. You always made me feel welcome and loved when I came to visit you. God Bless you.
Love, Scotty A. Nightingale (Oceanside, CA.)

Winnie Hutchinson

July 9, 2013

May you now rest in peace....

charlton admitting dept

July 9, 2013

Mrs Bell
You were the joy of our day. Staff here at Charlton adored you and shared many special moments.You were a strong woman, never gave up, we admired you for that-you made our day!
We will love you and miss you always. You and Mr Bell will always be in our hearts.
Staff at Charlton Memorial Admitting Dept

Scott Nightingale

July 4, 2013

Grandma, my sweet Grandma. My heart is breaking with your passing. You gave me your love, strenth and understanding all of my life. I am grateful and honored to have been your grandson. Someday we will all be a family in heaven. untill then I will continue to to live my live with you in my heart always. I'll miss you Grandma.

Mom, Dad and Dawn. Thank you for being there for Grandma during her difficult years. You gave much of your selfs to help her. I wish I could be there for you all now. God bless you all.

with all my love, Scott