Dorothy Jean "Judy" Bell

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Dorothy Jean "Judy" Bell died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, in Akron, Ohio, after a brief illness. She had lived in Nevada, most of her life. Dorothy was born Feb. 3, 1923, in Rockville, Mo. She was the youngest daughter of Ohmer Lee and Mildred B. Judy. She was married to Robert William Bell on April 5, 1945, in Fort Scott, Kan.

She attended elementary school in Butler, Mo., and high school in Nevada. She graduated with the class of 1940. She attended Cottey College and was an airline reservationist and also an airline stewardess based in Kansas City, Mo. She worked as a bridal consultant and sales clerk for Haden's, and at the Division of Employment Security. She and her husband, Robert, were partners in Judy's Restaurant from 1946 until 1951 with the late Col. and Mrs. O.L. Judy.

Dorothy was a member of the United Methodist Church, a life member of Southern Methodist University Mother's Club, second vice president of Business and Professional Women's Club, past president of the Lares Club, a member of Eastern Star, a member of Vernon County Historical Society, and a past president of Nevada Hospital Auxiliary with more than 9,000 volunteer hours. She was a member of the Air Force Widows Club, NAFE and Retired Officers' Association. She had resided in Akron, Ohio, for the past 10 years.

She is survived by her daughters, Judy (Bell) Krutky and her husband Kenneth of Akron, Ohio, and Christi (Bell) Ballard and her husband David of Salt Lake City, Utah; grandchildren Meegan (Krutky) Demagall and her husband Craig of Warren, Ohio, Matthew Krutky of Chicago, Ill., and Lisa Krutky, Los Angeles, Calif., Aaron Ballard, Ryan Ballard, Courtney Ballard, Laura Ballard, and Christopher Ballard of Salt Lake City and great-granddaughter Kiley Demagall of Warren, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, her sister Bette Chapin and her brother J.L. Judy.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 7, at the United Methodist Church, Nevada, with the Rev. Ralph Clark officiating. Interment will follow at Newton Burial Park in Nevada.

Friends may call now and until 8 p.m., on Friday, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. The family will receive friends at the United Methodist Church in Nevada Saturday between 9 and 10 a.m., prior to the funeral service.

Contributions may be made in her memory to the Nevada United Methodist Church in care of Ferry Funeral Home, 301 S. Washington, Nevada, MO 64772.

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