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bellFuneral services for Joyce Bell, 95, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 21, 2013, at 1st Presbyterian Church, West Plains, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Bell died at 11:20 a.m., Thursday, April 18, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born on the Dora Ridge February 18, 1918 and her proud parents were Norton White Pease and Christena Moritz Pease.

She was the eldest of three daughters; and was preceded in death by one sister, Doris Stout and husband Curtis Stout and she is survived by her baby sister, Louise and husband James. A much loved brother, Dallas, died in his infancy.

Joyce rode the bus to Ava—thirty five miles every day graduating with the Class of 1936 (there was no high school closer). She met her love, Clyde Bell while attending high school at Ava and she graduated with a B.S. in Education from State Teacher’s College (MSU) and then later received a Master’s in Education from Drury University.

She married Clyde Bell on September 23, 1939 and a daughter Carol as born to this rural teaching couple. Carol and her husband Richard reside in West Plains as does their daughter Christena and her husband John Coleman as well as much loved great-granddaughter, Caroline Camille. Joyce is survived by five nephews and two nieces and a host of grand-nephews, their spouses and children.

Joyce lived through the depression (perhaps accounting for her philosophy to save everything), two world wars, and four military encounters while living a quiet, productive life in the hills. She grew up riding the bus and truly lamented when she could no longer drive her latest set of wheels! Joyce was a retired teacher and belonged to several educational organizations, the First Presbyterian Church of West Plains and the order of the Eastern Star. She liked people and loved having a booth at Aids then later to play bingo at West Vue or to entertain her special great-granddaughter, Camille.

During her 95 years, Joyce Bell experienced much, enjoyed lots and made every minute count. She was an independent, fun person who adapted to all of the changes that occurred during her lifetime. She will be missed.

Mrs. Bell will lie in state from 5:00 p.m., Saturday, until 12:00 Noon Sunday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. A private interment will be in the Ava Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Clyde and Joyce Bell Elementary Education Scholarship, Boys & Girls Club of West Plains or charity of choice, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

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