Lois Bell

Lois T. Bell

Wednesday, March 19th, 1930 - Wednesday, March 20th, 2019
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East Millinocket – Lois T. (Coffey) Bell, 89, wife of the late Thomas W. Bell, died Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at a Millinocket health care facility. She was born March 19, 1930 in Milltown, New Brunswick, the daughter of James R. and Hazel T. (Wilson) Coffey.
Lois attended Teacher’s College in Fredericton, NB, after which she taught school at various small schools in Atlantic Canada. In 1953, Lois married Thomas Bell. They immigrated to East Millinocket in 1954, where Tom got a job at Great Northern Paper Company during an expansion period. They made their home in East Millinocket where they raised their five children. Lois continued her love of teaching by working as a regular, much sought after, substitute in the local elementary school for over 40 years. Lois was a devout and practicing Catholic and used her talents to teach religious education for over 20 years, as well as an active member of the Daughters of Isabella, St. Ann’s Circle. Lois was a social person and had many close friendships that she enjoyed with almost daily outings for coffee and connection. Most of all, Lois was a loving and kind mother, guiding and teaching her children by example. She will be remembered for the grace and dignity she showed to all those she met.
Lois is survived by her five children, Teresa Surrette and her husband Neal, Stephen Bell and his wife Susan, Mark Bell and his wife Brenda, Bernadette Stolt, and Thomas Bell and his wife Sandra; nine grandchildren, Timothy Surrette, Ellen Stevens, Melissa Bell, Laura Bell, Nicholas Bell, Angela Gadbois, Richard McAlllister, Matthew Garand, and Emilie Garand; nine great grandchildren, Chase Stevens, Leah Stevens, Everett Surrette, Ella Surrette, Nicholas Bell, Jr., Margaretta Bell, Harrison Bell, John Bell, and Isabelle Gadbois; a sister in law, Doreen Fairley; a brother in law, Peter Bell; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her parents and her husband, Lois was predeceased by a son in law, Robert Stolt, and siblings Philip Coffey, William Coffey, and Joyce Coffey.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Katahdin Health Care for the loving and attentive care given to Lois and the many courtesies and kindnesses to her family.
Friends are invited to visit with the family 4-6 P.M. Friday, March 22 at the Lamson Funeral Home, 17 Western Avenue, East Millinocket. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 A.M. Saturday, March 23 at Christ the Divine Mercy Parish, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 58 Cedar St., East Millinocket with the Rev. Bruce Siket, pastor, presider. Spring interment will be at the East Millinocket Cemetery. Gifts in memory of Lois may be sent to Christ the Divine Mercy Parish, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 58 Cedar Street, East Millinocket, ME 04430.
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    Friday, March 22nd, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Friday, March 22nd, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
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  • Service

    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 11:00am
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    Rev. Bruce Siket
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    Interment will be in the springtime.


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Deborah Johansen

Posted at 05:09pm
Dear Teresa, Stephen, Bernadette, Mark, and sincere condolences to all of you. Lois was always one of my favorites of Mom’s friends with her intelligence, humility, and kindness. I had many long conversations with her over coffee at the former Hamlet and had a special affinity for her as a fellow teacher. She had that twinkle in her eye and sophisticated humor in her understanding of human nature. She was absolutely lovely. Best to you all, Deborah (Osgood) Johansen


Posted at 07:28am
I’m so sorry for your recent loss. My deepest condolences to your family. Death of a loved one is never easy to endure, but you don’t have to go through it alone. Continue looking to God and you will always find comfort in him (2 Cor 1:3,4). He will soon destroy the enemy of death (1 Cor 15:26), and He will soon return our loved ones to us through the resurrection (John 5:28,29). Please visit and search “When Someone You Love Dies”, it helped me through some difficult times and I hope you can find comfort in it also.

sharon hallett

Posted at 06:44pm
Rest In Peace dear Lois!

Kathy Y

Posted at 09:40pm
My memories of Lois revolve around the Family Gathering that occurred every 4th of July at Mark’s house for Stephen’s birthday. Those parties were so much fun and Lois was always so friendly and open and gracious. She was a very lovely lady and she certainly raised a great family! My condolences to all the Bells, Theresa, Stephen, Mark, Bernadette and Tom. Peter and I send send our love and our thoughts to all of you. I hope you can take comfort that you were all there for Lois’s birthday and that she is now at peace in heaven. God Bless!

J. Bryant

Posted at 06:47pm
To the family,
I express my deepest condolences for the loss of your love one. In the Bible, God expresses death as a "sting." (1 Corinthians 15:55,56) So this means that behind death, there is a painful hurt. He also knows what it is like to experience losing a love one as "he did not spare his own son but handed him over for us all." (Romans 8:32) But soon God will do something amazing. "All those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out." (John 5:28,29) God will use his Son to bring back all our dead loved ones to life! What a joy that will be! There, God "will wipe out every tear from (our) eyes and death will be no more neither mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore."(Revelation 21:4)
Again, sorry for your loss.


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