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Mrs. Mary Lucy Varner Bell

Mary Lucy Varner, oldest daughter of Richard Ellis Varner and Abigail E. Varner was born in Monroe County, Ohio near Graysville, May 14, 1861. She departed this life Wednesday, 4:30 A.M., November 16, 1927, at the age of 66 years, 6 months and two days.

Her early days of her school were spent in Ohio. When she was 18 she came with her parents to Parkerville, Kansas in 1879. She taught school in District No. 58 of Morris County, where all children and grandchildren have gone to school since.

She was married to James Alexander Bell February 14, 1880 at Parkerville. To this happy union were born, Mrs. Ada May Bell Allen, Edward E. Bell, Mrs. Gladys A Bell Burton, and Mrs. Una Campsydelle Bell Collier, all of Alta Vista, where the family lived so many years, Glen A Bell, of Council Grove and Miss Tina, who was at home with the parents. A son Joseph Trim, died in 1889.

At the time of Mrs. Bell's death there were five generations in the family as follows, Mr. Richard E Varner, born 1841; Mrs. Lucy Bell, born 1861; Mrs. Ada Allen, born 1881; Mrs. Raymond Osborne, born 1901; Kenneth Dean Osborne, born 1925.

After most of the children were grown, the family moved to Council Grove in 1916.

She was always interested in the things of Kingdom. In the church she was ready to sacrifice and labor with any who would work. As president of the ladies Aid and president of the W.C.T.U work she was recognized as an efficient leader and true Christian, often being sent as a delegate or officer. She was always a member of the local Methodist church wherever she lived.

Her beautiful Christian spirit was most greatly felt in her home, where times without number she would sacrifice all for the comfort, help and encouragement of her family. Her family altar was a haven on earth.

Those who suffered because of her going besides her family are her father, Richard E. Varner of Parkerville; her brother, Joe Varner of Parkerville; her sister, Mrs. Perry Hutchison of Parsons, Kansas; sister, Mrs. P W Good of Council Grove; nine grand children and one great-grandchild.

We sing today as she has sung for years, "Rock of Ages Cleft for Me". "I want to be like Jesus" and "When the Roll is Called up Yonder, I'll be There". Or meditate with her concerning "Crossing the Bar".

Funeral services were conducted by Dr. H. F. Draper, the pastor in the Methodist church, November 18th, 1927, at 2:30 p.m. Interment was made in Greenwood Cemetery.

Card of Thanks

We wish to express our sincere appreciation of the kindness and sympathy shown us during the illness of our wife and mother, Lucy Bell. Also for the many beautiful floral tributes.

J.A. Bell and children.


Her Illness Lasted only Four Days - 

Funeral Plans Later.

After an illness of only four days, which was not regarded as of an alarming nature, Mrs. James Bell, living north of town on the Alta Vista road, died very suddenly at her home at 4:30 o'clock this morning. She was taken ill only last Friday. Mrs. Bell was one of the early residents of this community, coming here in 1879 while a child. The family settled in Morris County where Mrs. Bell has continued to live since. She was 66 years old. Her father, R. E. Varner, still lives near Parkerville.

Mrs. Bell is survived by her husband and six children; E. C. Bell, Glenn Bell, Mrs. A.N. Newton, Mrs. O. L. Burton, Mrs. Ralph Collier and Miss Tina Bell. 

Funeral arrangements will be delayed pending word from relatives.
Transcribed and Contributed by Sandie Kane

Last Updated:  Sunday, November 06, 2005 23:36:40

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