Dorothy J Bell

June 8, 1933March 25, 2014

Dorothy Jane Bell went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. She passed away unexpectedly surrounded by her loving family. Dorothy was born to Sophie Souza and Charles McKay on June 8, 1933, in a plantation hospital on Oahu, Territory of Hawaii. She was a Pearl Harbor Survivor and came to the "mainland" during World War II. In 1944, she and her mother came to Port Hueneme to join her father, who was in the Army. Dorothy and her mother joined Oxnard First Baptist Church, where in 1953 she met James Bell. They were married in 1954. They had three children, Larry, Vickie and Debbie. Dorothy worked at her church as secretary / bookkeeper for 31 years. She always liked to tell stories about the "old days" in Hueneme working in the old Hueneme Movie Theater that was in a Quonset hut and the old Bank of Hueneme on Market Street. Dorothy devoted her life to God and her family. She doted on her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and countless "adopted" friends of all her children. She was lovingly referred to as Ma Bell, Grandma, G-ma and GG. She enjoyed attending all of the dance recitals, school programs, graduations, but her favorites were the little league games beginning with son Larry and continuing through the years to the last two games she was able to attend of Jeffery Jr. and James. She was a die-hard Dodger fan. She didn't let anything keep her from watching or listening to her Dodgers play. Dorothy is survived by her loving son Larry Bell; daughters Vickie Sutton (Gary) and Debbie Young (David); grandchildren; Jamie Bell (Chrystal); Jeffery Millott (Paula); Teresa Dixon (James); great-grandchildren: Karla, James and Sophie Bell; Taylor, Jeffery Jr., Isabella and Nathaniel Millott; Keira Jane and Marcus Dixon. Services for Dorothy will be Tuesday, April 1 at 10:00am at Grace Bible Church, 936 W. Fifth Street, Oxnard. Burial will follow immediately at Ivy Lawn Cemetery in Ventura. Visitation will be at Charles Carroll Funeral Home, 15 Teloma Drive, Ventura, on Monday March 31 from 4 - 8 pm.

Arrangements under the direction of Charles Carroll Funeral Home, Ventura, CA.


  • Visitation Monday, March 31, 2014
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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Vickie Sutton

April 29, 2014

I was so blessed to have you as my Mom and friend. You will be greatly missed. You touched so many lives with your kind heart and love. We think about you all the time and your memories will live on with all of your loving family. Love you see you one day soon.

Kathy Padden

April 7, 2014

Dorothy's kind spirit filled the room and her legacy to us all is that she had kind thoughts and words for all. Live in the Light Forever! My sincere condolences.

Jennifer Arriola

April 1, 2014

Dorothy Bell was an amazing and wonderful person. I admired the positive, strong, kind, and loving woman that she was and her zest for life. I know she will be dearly missed by all who knew her. To Dorothy's family... I know how painful this is for you, but trust that one day you will all be reunited in God's kingdom. Love to you all.

Kathi Brown

March 31, 2014

Larry, Vickie and Debbie,

We were stunned to hear of your mom's passing. We had so many years together at OFB, and your mom and I worked together so hard with the computers in the office, and enjoyed many hours of choir together, along with my mom and dad. Heaven is surely rejoicing now, but Dorothy sure left a big hole in our hearts. Hugs to you all - my mom (Marian) and I plan to see you Tue at the service.

Erica Henry

March 31, 2014

I am so sorry for your loss...I will miss seeing her little blue car parked in front of the church every Sunday. She loved her family, and bragged about the kids all the time. May you rest in Paradise Dorothy. Until we meet again.

Debbie Young

March 31, 2014

Thanks to everyone for prayers. She was my best friend. She will be sorely missed. She truly was a Saint and God did not let her suffer. She will live on in her children, grandchildren and her most beloved great-grandchildren's hearts. Love you forever Mom!

the bass holverson &ball family

March 30, 2014

we are so sorry to here about your loss she is in a better place try to stay strong the circle of life is a tough thing but you carry on her memory in your heart

April Vizzo

March 30, 2014

Dorothy was a wonderful woman with a very kind spirit. I feel blessed to have met her and thankful she was so good to my my sister Paula and her kids, Taylor, Jeffery, Isabella and Nathaniel. May the perpetual light shine upon her.

My sympathies to her whole family.

Vickie Schellert

March 30, 2014

I am so sorry to hear of Dorothy's passing. She was an absolutely lovely woman. Much love to her family.

Love from London UK,
Vickie (Simmons), Rob and Gwen Schellert

Betty Johnson

March 30, 2014

Boy will Dorothy be missed. She was a person you just fell in love love with. She was our neighbor for years. Dorothy was so proud of her children and grandchildren. I know all of them will miss her. All of you our in my prayers. Love ms. Betty