Bell, Joanne

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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    NICE WORK—A spider remains at the center of a web, awaiting visitors, during a moist morning last month. The was built in front of Eagle Funeral Home in Morenci.
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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.