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  • Hank Greeb
    With condolences to Joe Bell, WD8USA and his family, I forward the following from m-Live.com. The url for the obituary, which is in the Tuesday edition of the
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 3, 2008
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      With condolences to Joe Bell, WD8USA and his family, I forward the
      following from m-Live.com.

      The url for the obituary, which is in the Tuesday edition of the Grand
      Rapids Press is


      Sally Grace Bell, age 86, passed away on Monday, June 2, 2008 at Clark
      Retirement Community, her second home after being a long-time Rockford,
      MI resident. Sally Grace was born in Canton, Madison County, Mississippi
      on September 1, 1921, daughter of Stanley Gaylord Young and Hattie Emma
      Denson. She grew up on the family farm four miles from town before the
      era of tractors and technology. In those depression era years, a full
      bale of cotton yield meant prosperity and the ability to afford the
      essentials including shoes and a new dress for school plus a few extra
      quarters set aside for emergencies. Sally's life was enriched by many
      close relationships from her extended family during her youth; she had
      continued to maintain connection with many cousins through the years by
      frequent correspondence. Sally graduated from Canton High School in
      1940, earning a special recognition award for never having missed a
      single day of school during her school career. She celebrated her
      fiftieth high school reunion in 1990, to the delight of her family and
      alumni friends. Miss Young came to Michigan in 1940 where she began work
      in the mailroom at Wolverine Shoe Company in Rockford, Michigan, later
      becoming a bookkeeper in the sales division. After her retirement in
      1953, she continued to manage the books at several local businesses.
      Robert G. Bell and Sally Grace Young were united in marriage on February
      11, 1950, at the First United Methodist Church in Rockford. Mr. Bell was
      a manufacturer's representative, in partnership with Bell & Schrotenboer
      at the time of retirement. During her children's youth, she was a 4-H
      leader, band parent, and interested in her children's school careers. A
      50-year member of the Rockford United Methodist Church, she had served
      as past board member and enjoyed membership in several women's circles.
      Sally loved her flower garden, arts and crafts, and treasured her
      southern heritage and tradition. She loved to travel with her husband
      and had visited many foreign countries, as well as many points of
      interest in the USA. Bob and Sally wintered in Pompano Beach, FL where
      they enjoyed participation as owners in the harness racing business in
      which their favorite "Mainstreet" was a special joy. After her husband's
      death, Sally pursued her dream of dancing by taking ballroom lessons,
      doing a mean tango at age 72. Sally Grace Young Bell was predeceased by
      her husband, Robert on September 10, 1992, and her parents, Stanley G.
      Young and Hattie Emma (Denson) Young, and very special friends, Joseph
      Bonello, and Ray Wayno. Survivors include her son, Joseph and Kathleen
      (Ure) Bell; daughter and her husband, Charles and Roberta Bell Wolfe;
      four grandchildren, Kathryn E. Wolfe and her fiancé, Aaron Norris,
      Robert V. Wolfe, Elizabeth G. Bell, and Jennifer A. Bell; sister, Mrs.
      Emma Jean Bowman; and nieces, nephews, and cousins. The service for
      Sally will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home in
      Rockford, MI, with Pastor Richard Riley of the Rockford United Methodist
      Church officiating. Interment will be in Cannonsburg Cemetery. The
      family requests in lieu of flowers, please consider the Rockford United
      Methodist Church or Faith Hospice. Friends may meet with Sally's family
      from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The
      Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

      An interactive map for the Pderson Funeral Home is at

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