Ann Bell Obituary

Ann Layne Bell
Ann Layne Bell

November 28, 1933 - January 4, 2010
Born in Moberly, MO
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Ann Layne Bell , 76, passed away on Monday, January 4, 2010 at Bright Kavanagh House in Des Moines. She was born November 28, 1933 in Moberly, MO to William Miller and Lou Emma (Abbott) Gatewood. She lived in Columbia, MO before moving to Des Moines in 1952. She was a member of the Basilica of St. John. Ann was primarily a homemaker but had also worked at Scottish Rite Park Retirement Community before retiring in 1991. She enjoyed keeping her mind active with reading detective novels and answering Jeopardy questions, even before the contestants.

Ann loved people. She was devoted to caring for her own family and was the "Village Mom" for many others in the community. She will be greatly missed by many family and friends.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Billie (Harold) Lovelady, Johnny (Diane) Bell, Aria Fuson, Brian Bell and Barbara A. Bell; niece, Jan Gatewood; daughter-in-law, Willetta Edwards; sisters-in-law, Ollie Mae Linley and Viola Welch; other children, Connie Jones, Claudia O'Connor, Johnny Campbell, Yvonne Fitzpatrick-Bell; best friends, James Piggee, Norma Campbell, Barbara Crawford and Mallie Sharp; grandchildren, Vincent Fowler, Melchizedek and Justina Edwards, Andrea and Johnny Bell IV, Brian (Jade) Winfrey and Adrian Wade, Brian and Joshua Bell, Michael and De De Hobbs; thirteen great grandchildren; and many other extended family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her son, Robin Taylor Edwards; great grandson, Travis Fowler; her parents and four brothers.


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Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Friday, January 8, 2010
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM