CAROL L. BELL, 78, of Mattoon, IL formerly of Charleston, IL passed away at 12:20 A.M. on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at the Odd Fellow Rebekah Home in Mattoon, IL.
A visitation will be held from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the Edwards Funeral Home, 221 East Main, in Arcola, IL. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, May 22, 2015 at the funeral home. Jon Bell will officiate. Burial with Military Rites conducted by the Oakland VFW will be in the Oakland Cemetery.
Carol was born on March 24, 1937 in Joliet, IL. She was a daughter of Louis John and Jeanette Mamie (Brown) Maxwell. She married Robert Thomas Bell on May 2, 1964 in Joliet, IL. He passed away on October 29, 2009.
Carol is survived by three sons, Major Robert Maxwell, Ret. USAF, and his wife Tami of Papillion, NE, Charles E. Bell J.D. and his wife Kristi of Chicago, IL, and Jon E. Bell and his wife Lynette of Mattoon, IL; nine loving grandchildren; Aaron Maxwell, Sarah Maxwell, Karli Bell, Charlie Bell, Jessi Bell, Eric Phillips, Hannah Bell, Nate Bell, and Andrew Bell and one brother, Robert James Maxwell and his wife Carol of Hamilton, MT.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Robert Thomas Bell.
Carol was a proud Navy Veteran and served as a photographer.
She served as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant for over 50 years, having worked at Fountain Blue Nursing Center in Charleston, IL, Lincolnland Visiting Nurses and Bear Creek Nursing Center in Morrison, CO.
Carol was a life-long die-hard Chicago Cubs fan, loved to play bingo, and was passionate about animals, especially dogs including her two Pugs, Chinn and Sabby.
She will be remembered for her kindness, helpfulness, and most of all for being a wonderful Wife, Mother and Grandmother.
She was a member of the Central Christian Church in Charleston, IL and the Moose Lodge in Charleston, IL.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Central Christian Church in Charleston or the Breast Cancer Association.