Harold Edward Bell
Harold Edward Bell passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at the age of 81 years. Harold was born in Evansburg, Alberta on June 30, 1931 to parents Ivy and Simon Bell. In 1941 the family moved to Red Willow where Harold attended school at Cora Lynn. As a young man he worked for various farmers and on the family homestead at Millarville. It was in Red Willow that Harold met the love of his life, Betty Ann Zeigler, who worked at the Red & White Store with his sister Doris. They were married on October 25, 1950 in Donalda. The honeymooners lived in the Meeting Creek and Donalda areas until 1957. Harold worked for Canadian Well Service in Big Valley and then the family moved to Stettler and later to Summerland, British Columbia, where Harold painted until 1984. For a number of years following retirement, Harold and Betty lived in Hay River, Northwest Territories for the summers and spent the winters in Red Willow. In the fall of 2011 Harold and Betty moved to the Botha area.
Harold was predeceased by his parents Simon and Ivy; infant son; infant daughter; sisters Hilda and Shirley; brothers in law Hank McMurray, Ivan Bancroft and Gordon Klemm and sister in law Lois Klemm. Harold is survived by his loving family: wife Betty Bell of Botha; children: Joe (Susan) Bell of Stettler, Richard Bell of Botha and Marty Bell of Grande Prairie; daughter in law Lynn Bell of Calgary; eight grandchildren: Jason (Karen) Bell of Calgary, Jodi Bell of Stettler, Jason Grant of Airdrie, Val (Mike) Anderson of Calgary, Clayton (Michelle) Bell of Calgary, Becky Bell (Colin Richardson) of Dartmouth, NS, Bryce (Faye) Bell of Grande Prairie and Kristy Crocker (Kevin Zawada) of Dundurn, SK; eighteen great grandchildren; daughter of the heart Barbara Smith; the Orville Smith family; sisters: Doris Bancroft of Strathmore, Lorraine (Leonard) Kathol of Strathmore; brother Leslie (Marie) Bell of Lumby, BC; sisters in law: Joyce (Vic) Stuckey of Red Willow, Lillian (Bill) Kirtley of Stettler, Jessie (Tom) Panrucker of Burns Lake, BC; numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and many dear friends.
A Celebration of Harold’s Life was held on Friday, May 24, 2013 in the Heartland Chapel of Stettler Funeral Home with Reverend Carolyn Langford officiating. Harold was laid to rest in the Red Willow Cemetery, Red Willow, Alberta. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Harold to Red Willow Cemetery Club or a charity of your choice c/o Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium, Box 1780, Stettler, Alberta T0C 2L0, who were entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements, 403-742-3422. To send or view condolences to the family, please visit www.stettlerfuneralhome.com