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Barbara Ann Bell


Barbara Ann (Williams) Bell, lifelong Okmulgee resident, died Monday, June 15, 2009 in Broken Arrow.  She was 76 years of age.  Barbara was born December 31, 1932 in Okmulgee to Clifford and Henrietta Mary (Hardin) Williams.  She married Charles “Duck” Bell, Jr. on August 21, 1947 in Okmulgee.  He preceded her in death on March 21, 2009.  Barbara had worked for International Tours and as the church secretary at St. Anthony Catholic Church.  She was a Den Mother for the Boy Scouts and a very active member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, being a member of the choir, Alter Society, Legion of Mary and Catholic Daughters of America.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a brother, Bill Williams and a sister, Patsy Venable.  Survivors include her sons, Larry Gene Bell and wife Joan of Tahlequah, Randy Charles Bell and wife Debbie of Okmulgee and Dwain Allen Bell and wife Karla of Tulsa, a sister, Katie Kroll and husband Irvin of Tulsa, three sisters-in-law, Nola Whitson of Okmulgee, Betty Otto and husband Dick of Checotah and Carol Nichols and husband Carl of Okmulgee, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  A Rosary will be recited on Thursday evening at 7:00 P.M. at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home Chapel.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 A.M. Friday, June 19, 2009 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Father Benjamin Vima officiating.  Interment will follow in the Okmulgee Cemetery under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.  Online condolences may be sent at