She was born, raised and educated in Medicine Hat. She was a member of a large family having three brothers and four sisters. She came to Brooks in 1936 to work as a housekeeper and on July 5th, 1937 she married Charles Bell. They farmed and worked together near Brooks until retiring in 1969 when they moved to Brooks and enjoyed retirement until Charles passed away in 1974. Mabel had a keen love and respect for animals, especially cats and really enjoyed doing needlework. She will be remembered as a kind and dear person who gave freely of herself to others.
Mabel was predeceased by a son James Arthur Bell in 1956; and by her husband Charles in 1974.
She will be lovingly remembered by her son William J. and his wife Alice of Brooks; two granddaughters Carolea and her husband Randy Renaud of Cranbrook, B.C.; Shawna and her husband Martin Wiebe of Rosemary, AB.; and one brother William and his wife Irene Parnell of Lethbridge.
Honorary pallbearers were Chris Stark, Goldie Hughes, Vera Biko, Chuck Hale, John Bell and John McMillan. Active pallbearers were Tony Koza, Alex Koza, Don Macintyre, Dan Lovsin, Harv Seely and Rolf Traichel.
Funeral services were held on Friday, July 2nd, at 2:00 p.m. in Smith’s Memorial Chapel with the Reverend Susan Lukey officiating. Interment followed in the Brooks Cemetery.
If friends desire memorial donations may be made to the charily of their choice.
Arrangements in care of Smith Funeral Home Ltd.
Brooks Bulletin July 07, 1993 Roll 53 Image 343
BELL – Fifteen year old James Arthur Bell of Brooks was a drowning victim in the South Saskatchewan River at Medicine Hat last Saturday. in company with a companion Lary Mullen. 16 of Red Deer, Jimmy started out to swim across the river, a distance of about one-third of a mile. It was not until Larry had completed the swim that he noticed his companion was in trouble behind him. He was unable to be of assistance in time to help Bell, who was swept away under water.
The son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bell who resided on their farm near Brooks. Jimmy is also survived by one brother, William John. He was a member of Brooks Red Sox baseball club and also a member of the Brooks Band. Born Mar. 10, 1941at Medicine Hat, Jimmy lived at Brooks most of his life, taking all his schooling here.
Funeral services were held from Brooks United Church on Wednesday afternoon with Rev Hartwell Illsey conducting the services. Interment was made in Brooks cemetery with Smith Funeral Home in charge.
Pallbearers were Don Tiegs, Johnnie Charlton, John Stevens, Bill Stratton, Bob Seeley and Ed Hellmer.
Brooks Bulletin August 30, 1956 Roll 12 Image 536
BELL – A long time resident of the Brooks district, Charles Bell passed away if January 31, 1974 in the Brooks General Hospital. He was 80years of age.
He was born in Rockwell, Canada in 1912 at the age of 17 years. He moved to Ladner, B.C. in 1915 and to Brooks in 1920 where he was employed by the C.P. R. building irrigation ditches and canals. He began farming near Brooks in 1928; he and his wife were married in 1937, and they retired in Brooks in 1969 where he has resided since.
He was predeceased by one son, James Bell in 1951.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mabel Bell of Brooks; one son. William John Bell of Brooks; two grandchildren; and one sister. Mary Wiyle of Rockwell, Scotland.
Funeral service was held on Monday, February 4 at 2 p.m. in Smith Funeral Chapel with Rev. C.W. Hutton officiating. Interment followed in the Brooks Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jim Ellis, Joe Fleming, John McMillan, Charles Hale, Ford Kerr and Ray Stafford.
In lieu of blowers donations may be made to Newbrook Lodge in Brooks.
Brooks Bulletin February 6, 1974 Roll 22 Image 167