Bell, Joanne

Written by David Green.

Joanne Bell, 54, of Morenci, Mich., died Feb. 22, 2010, at Toledo Hospital in Toledo, Ohio.

She was born Feb. 23, 1955, in Wauseon, Ohio, the daughter of Kenneth and Eda (Liechty) Bates. She married Dwight McCarty on April 16, 1977, and he preceded her in death Nov. 25, 1991. On March 20, 1998, she married Larry Bell, Sr. in Toledo, and he survives.

Joanne was a homemaker who lived in the Morenci area all her life. She graduated from Wauseon High School in 1973, and was a member of the New Haven Church.

Besides her husband, Joanne is survived by a daughter, Tobi (and Larry) Bates Wood of Cleveland, Ohio; a sister, Dorene (and Bill) Stubbins of Wauseon; four step-daughters, Gwen McCarty, Paula (and David) French, Amanda Bell, and Tabatha (and David) Bell; four step-sons, Kevin McCarty, Eric (and Lori) McCarty, Larry (and Marcell) Bell, Jr., and Robert Bell; 15 grandchildren, Brian (and Anna) Wood, Ashleigh (and Nick Keesaman) Wood, Alex Ortiz, Anthony Wood, Alyssa Miller, Andrew Wood, Jace Wedel, Larry Bell III, Shaila Wedel, Ashley Bell, Courtney Bell, Maggie Mae Bell, Jossalyn Rose Bell, Alivia Bell and Mariah Bell; three great-grandchildren, Jason Boyer, Brianna Wood and Alex Wood; best friend, Pam (and Brad) Zibbell of Adrian; and she was a second mother to Kimberly (and Marcus) Cottom, Heidi (and Chris) Fleming and Andrew Zibbell.

Besides her first husband, Joanne was preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter, Alana Bell; and a brother, Alan Bates.

Funeral services are scheduled at 3 p.m. Thursday at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with Pastor Robert Hicks officiating. Burial will follow in Butler Cemetery in Chesterfield, Ohio. Visitation is planned from 1 p.m. Thursday until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the America Cancer Society or to the family.

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