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Valerie Gail Bell

Obituary for Valerie Gail Bell

April 12, 1935 - August 16, 2020
San Antonio, Texas | Age 85

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Valerie Gail Bell passed away in the comfort of her home and surrounded by family on August 16th, 2020 in San Antonio, TX. Valerie was born on April 12th, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan to Thomas Taylor and Isabella Gillooly. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Kathleen Skibinski. Valerie Bell is survived by her husband, Donald Bell, her children, Andrea Foster and husband Allan, Carolyn Kim and husband Fred, and her grandchild, Alicia Bell.

Valerie attended college at The University of Detroit. She started her profession as an executive secretary to the Vice-President and General Manager of WJBK radio in Detroit, Michigan. Several years later, she met and worked alongside Donald Bell, who soon became the love of her life. Donald and Valerie were married on February 17th, 1968, just three months after becoming engaged. They eloped and honeymooned in Paradise, Michigan. In parallel with Valerie's vivacious personality, she wore a long red dress and wide-brimmed hat on the day they were married. Donald and Valerie were married for 52 loving years.

Donald and Valerie settled in Garden City, Michigan. They had two beautiful daughters, Andrea and Carolyn, whom they shared many adventures with. As a family, they enjoyed hiking, camping, boating, fishing, and swimming together. Valerie's children were her pride and joy. She attended all school events, made every Halloween costume, and was known for her impeccable ability to proofread any assignment. She liked cooking, decorating for the holidays, family movie nights, watching her daughters play outside with her feet in the pool, and tending to her garden.

Shortly after retirement, Donald and Valerie welcomed their grandchild, Alicia, into their lives. Valerie chose the name "Nana" for Alicia to call her – in which Alicia called her always. As a family, they moved to San Antonio, TX where they remained active roles in their granddaughter's life. Valerie taught Alicia how to spell and liked to play "teacher," word games, and dolls with her. Into Alicia's adult life, Valerie supported her in everything she pursued. As Valerie began to need additional care, Alicia lovingly reciprocated the love her Nana showed her until the end of her life.

Valerie will be remembered by her animated personality, quick wit, and natural ability to entertain a room of people. Additionally, she possessed a gentle, kind, and empathetic persona that was unmatched. She put her family first and loved like no other.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the funeral service will be held for immediate family only. Valerie would want everyone to stay safe and healthy in the midst of these circumstances. In lieu of flowers, a dedicated donation can be made to the American Red Cross at the link below, in which Valerie valued greatly.

https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation.html/?noredir=1&adobe_mc_sdid=SDID%3D7C017ED865EEC384-46C8E568A8F32046%7CMCORGID%3D723A22C757518E2C7F000101@AdobeOrg%7CTS%3D1598220573&adobe_mc_ref=https:%2F%2Fwww.redcross.org%2F

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