Wanda Elaine Bell, R. N., and Entrepreneur

BELL, WANDA ELAINE, born May 27, 1921, died June 28, 2007, after completing her earthly tasks to be home with her Lord and to be reunited with her husband Allen, her brother, Albert, her sister Helen, and numerous family and friends that predeceased her. Her husband, Allen Bell, Jr., died in 1975, and always remained her true love. Wanda was affectionately dubbed “Nana” by her seven grandchildren. In the twilight of her life, those close to her in jest referred to her as “Ma Bell”. Wanda was educated in Pennsylvania, received her Registered Nurse Degree in 1943 from Wilkes-Barre General. During WWII, Wanda enlisted to serve her country as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy in the capacity as a R.N. It was during her service that she met her future husband, Allen, a United States Marine, who was recuperating from an injury. Allen and Wanda were subsequently married in January 1945. She bore three sons, James, Allen III, and Jon. Upon discharge from the military, Wanda became employed as an R.N. first at the Old Knoxville General Hospital and later on the obstetrics wing of St. Mary’s Hospital, and finally in the eve of her medical career as a private duty nurse. When her husband became terminally ill, she assisted him in the family business of Bell Electric Co., Bell Limousine Service and Bell Convalescent Coach, Inc., until her retirement in 1983. Wanda thoroughly enjoyed her retirement with her grandchildren, her family and close friends. All her life, Wanda was a woman of strong Christian faith, and that faith was inspirational to her family and friends. Her determination and strong faith base was a model for those that knew her. Wanda was an active member of Fountain City Presbyterian Church and a member of the Chapel Bible Sunday School Class. She is survived by her children, and their spouses, James A. H. and Angela Bell; Allen III and Janice Bell; Jon E. and Cathy Bell. She leaves behind her loving grandchildren Jaimie and her husband, Todd Isom; Erin and Katie; Alex and his wife, Lindsay; Olivia, Emaleigh and Abigail Elaine. Wanda is also survived by several nieces and nephews, and in spite of her advanced age, many loving friends. The burial will be a private family affair, but a joyful celebration of Wanda’s life will be held on July 1, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. at her beloved Fountain City Presbyterian Church, 500 Hotel Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee, with Rev. Max Reddick officiating. The family will received friends at the church from 3:00 to 5:00 prior to the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial donations be made to Capital Campaign Fund, Fountain City Presbyterian Church, 500 Hotel Avenue, Knoxville, TN. 37918, www.fountaincitypresbyterianchurch.org. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary, Broadway Chapel. www.rosemortuary.com

Source: Knoxville News Sentinel, July 1, 2007

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