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Obituary: Effie Bell

Effie Bell

7/2/1914 ~ 10/11/2007

Effie Bigler Bell " 93 years" passed away on October 11, 2007. Effie was born on July 2, 1914 in Nephi, Utah to Abner and Ruby Bigler. In her early childhood years she was raised in towns of Silver City, Nephi and Eureka, Utah. On May 1, 1936 she married Gordon Bell. They began their married life together in Eureka, Utah and

followed mining industry jobs in New Mexico and Arizona and eventually returning to Utah settling in Murray, Utah, finally returning to Eureka when Gordon retired. Gordon died on March 16, 1982 and Effie

remained in Eureka for the next 20 years, surrounded by good friends and relatives. In her later years she moved to the Salt Lake area.

Effie was a life-long New Deal Democrat and voted in every

election. She loved decorating her home during Christmas and attending the annual Nephi Memorial Day

reunion. She was an avid and

prolific reader of books and

newspapers. Effie read everything from biographies to the Harry Potter series. One of the legacies she left to her three children was the

enjoyment and importance of


Although Effie was a lifelong

member of the LDS religion and served in various capacities and callings, she also made lasting friendships with people of many

other religious persuasions. For Effie, the friend part was more important to her than belonging to a specific affiliation.

Effie was preceded in death by her husband, an infant baby girl, Joan and her sisters; Alyth,

Elizabeth, Ruby and her brother, Mac.

She is survived by her children:

Richard (Sherry), Payson, Utah; Jackie (Dave Chavis), Sandy, Utah; Don (Kris) of Salt Lake City. Also survived by 11 grandchildren: Lori, Gordon, Pam, Colin, Karla, Mark, Matt, Abbie, Becky, Don and Jessica and 24 great-grandchildren and

Effie's younger sister Alice.

At Effie's request there will be no formal funeral service. Her exact words regarding this were,

" ... everyone I know is either dead or too old to travel and we never know what the weather will be like!"

That being said, there will be a viewing/visitation for those interested on Sunday, October 14, 2007 from 6-8 p.m. at the Cannon

Mortuary, 2460 East Bengal Blvd. (7600 South) Salt Lake City. There will also be a short graveside

service the following day, Monday, October 16, 2007, 12 noon at the Nephi City Cemetery, 400 East 300 South, Nephi, Utah.

Effie's children would like to

express a special thank you to Laurie Carruth and Lani Herd who went above and beyond their calling as Effie's LDS Visiting Teachers. Mother enjoyed their visits and conversations. We would also like to thank Sunbrook Hospice for their

professional and compassionate

assistance, most notably that of

Jolene Wilkinson, R.N.