Jean Evelyn Bell 1921 — 2017

Jean Evelyn Bell

July 16, 1921 – May 28, 2017

Jean Evelyn Bell of Kamloops, BC passed away on May 28, 2017 at 95 years of age. She is survived by her children Ronald Bell, Donna (Gerry) Lysyk and James (Dianne) Bell and her sister Nina Fooks.  Grandchildren Susan Bell, Tara Ikeda, Trevor Lysyk, Lisa Kempton, Kevin Lysyk, Kiley Janes and Allison Bell, great-grandchildren Katie & Ashton Price, Kiyoshi Ikeda, Ashleigh Stettner, Maggie, Gage & Cole Kempton, Tamara & Haley Lysyk, Lachlan & Willa Janes. Jean was predeceased by Keith (husband), Idana Bell (daughter in law),  Kay & Al Harper and Alan Fooks.

Mom was born in Calgary but spent most of her life in Kamloops, with stops along the way in Blue River and Jasper. Family was most important to her. She loved to garden and share her produce with family and friends.  Mom was a very special lady with a huge heart. She always had a positive and happy outlook on life, her favorite saying was,

“We are so lucky, aren’t we blessed!!”

Special thanks to the wonderful caring staff at The Hamlets and Pine Grove, who looked after her so well these past few years.

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14 Tributes

  1. Gerry Hodgkiss
    Posted June 1, 2017 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    To the Bell family,
    Remember your mother when you lived at the pipe-line circle in Jasper many years ago. Please know that you are our my thoughts during this difficult time.
    Gerry& Lisa Hodgkiss

  2. Maureen Houchen
    Posted June 1, 2017 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Mrs Bell was the best neighbor. She loved sharing her peaches with the girls. We have many good memories of Pine Cres.

  3. Debra Roed
    Posted June 1, 2017 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    We are so sorry to hear of your Mom and Grandmother, Jim, Diane , Kiley, Jeremy, Allison and all of the Bell family. She was a lovely person, very caring. She will be missed. Love from the Roed Family.

  4. Roxy Mansus
    Posted June 2, 2017 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    Such a lovely lady and friend. Jean met mom at St. Ann’s Academy when they were 17. Life long friends in Kamloops. Our thoughts and sympathy go out to her family. From Myrtle McGillivray and Roxy, Michele & Chris Mansus.

  5. James Webb
    Posted June 3, 2017 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    So sorry hear of your loss. I’m sure your fond memories will see you through this sad time and provide you with many occasions to smile and reminisce in the future.


  6. Lonie Smart
    Posted June 3, 2017 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    We are so sorry for your loss. Jean was a lovely lady & one of the best friends mom had. They had a lot of laughs together at The Hamlets. We will miss seeing her sweet smile.
    Shirley, Lonie & Lil Walker

  7. Donna Lysyk
    Posted June 7, 2017 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    Maureen: Mom always missed having you as her neighbor. She delighted in the girls and their blonde curly hair playing in the backyard in the summer. Thank you so much for remembering her and leaving a note.

  8. Donna Lysyk
    Posted June 7, 2017 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Roxy: Thanks for your kind thoughts. We were so lucky to have had Mom with us so long. She really was a kind soul. We will miss her. Your Mom was such a great friend to Mom and she thought about her a lot. Give your Mom a hug from us.

  9. Donna Lysyk
    Posted June 7, 2017 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for your kind thoughts. Mom missed seeing your Mom when she moved from the Hamlets. They sure had a good time together. Hope your Mom is well, give her a hug from us.

  10. Donna Lysyk
    Posted June 7, 2017 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Debra: Thank you so much for your kind words. All our love to you and your family.

  11. Donna Lysyk
    Posted June 7, 2017 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Thanks for your kind message Gerry.

  12. Donna Lysyk
    Posted June 9, 2017 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Thanks you for your kind words James. We will miss her a lot but feel so blessed we had her in our lives for so long.

  13. Chris and Sheila Doh
    Posted June 12, 2017 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    We have such fond memories of Mrs.Bell and living across the street from her for many years until she moved to the Hamlets. She so often would leave vegetables from her lovely garden on our front steps. May she rest in peace.

  14. Gayle Hurmuses
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    I found a Christmas Card with a long note from Jean inside in my mother’s effects just now. Having moved to Toronto a long time ago, I had not seen her since my teens, but I look at her smile and remember that face, much younger and smiling in exactly the same way.

    My dad loved your dad and mom, and Keith’s friendship was one of the most important in Dad’s life…really the most important.

    On behalf of both parents, and my family, belated condolences to you all.

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