Born 08-01-1940 -- Died 04-08-2005
Judith Ann Bell, 64, was born Aug. 1, 1940, the daughter of Earl and Etta Harris Brink. She died April 8, 2005, at St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield, Mo.
She was born on a farm near Dow City, Iowa. She received her education at a rural school near Arion and graduated from the Dow City High School with the class of 1958.
On May 23, 1998, she was married to Richard Bell in Mammoth Spring, Ark. She worked for the Department of Human Services for 36 years, retiring in April of 2001, and moving to Arkansas where she worked for FEMA.
She was active at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, while residing in Denison. She was a member of the Ladies of the Elks and the Red Hat Society, in Arkansas. She loved spending time with her family, camping, flower gardening and her African violets.
She enjoyed family and friends gathering on the river in Arkansas every year, where she would be the camp supervisor, walking around with her whistle and keeping everyone in line. She was the favorite aunt, the super glue of the family, always there when needed. She also enjoyed crocheting, flower arranging, crafts and decorating shirts and sweatshirts.
Survivors include her husband, Richard Bell of Cherokee Village, Ark.; a son, Mike Fitzpatrick and his wife, Gail, of Missouri Valley; a daughter, Julie Lamaack, her husband, Lynn, of Breda; three grandchildren -- Justin, Mikala Fitzpatrick and Zachary Taylor; five brothers -- Bob Brink and his wife, Maxine, of Hardy, Ark.; Dick Brink of Keokuk, Jim Brink and his wife, Elaine, of Hardy, Kenny Brink and his wife, Marcia, of Ogden, Tom Brink and his wife, Denise, of Arion; three sisters -- Nancy Oaks and her husband, Glen, of Cherokee Village, Connie Olsen of Highland, Ark., and Wendy Bryan and her husband, Bill, of Olathe, Kan.; a sister-in-law, Donna Brink of Cherokee Village; and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents and two brothers Larry in infancy and Don Brink.
The funeral was April 13, 2005, at Huebner Funeral Home in Denison, Iowa. The Rev. Carl Noble officiated the service and graveside rites held at the Dow City Cemetery in Dow City, Iowa.
Those serving as pallbearers were Steven Bohm, Kevin Bohm, Darrell Bissen, Keith Brink, Carl Bohm and Cory Brink. The family invited everyone in attendance at the service to join them in fellowship and lunch at the Dow City Community Building, served by the ladies of the community. The Huebner Funeral Home in Denison was in charge of arrangements.The family request that memorials be given to the Scleroderma Foundation.