|Birth: ||Oct. 30, 1926|
|Death: ||Nov. 4, 2011|
Edna Lois Bell Myatt was born October 30, 1926 in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, the daughter of Marvin Barnard Bell of Bryan County, Georgia and Nevada McClelland Bell of Bulloch County, Georgia. Her only sibling was her older sister M. Kathleen Bell Neely. From 1924 to 1927 the Bells lived in Avondale in Savannah. From 1928 to 1930 they lived at 413 Gaston Street in Savannah. By 1932 they lived at 509 Gaston Street in Savannah. She and her sister Kathleen loved to play the piano. Lois was a graduate of Commercial High School (part of the Savannah High School complex) in Savannah and a lifelong member of Calvary Baptist Temple in Savannah, making the commitment to join on May 9, 1948. Like her sister she was a member of the Love Sunday School Class at Calvary Baptist. She grew up during the Great Depression. For more than thirty years, she worked for J. C. Lewis Ford. Growing up she was especially close to her first cousins, Ernestine Lee Moore Marsh and Whiteford Smith Moore, Jr. of Ludowici, Long County, Georgia. Lois' father died when she was only thirteen. At about age seventeen, Lois was briefly married to William "Billy" Moore.
On October 11, 1952, shortly before her 26th birthday, Lois married Edward "Eddie" Clifton Myatt, Jr. at Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church in Savannah, and they honeymooned in New York City. Eddie and Lois lived for many years on 32nd Street in Savannah and then bought a home on Early Street. She was especially close to her sister-in-law Dolores Howe Myatt. Lois and Eddie had no children of their own but lots of nieces and nephews, especially Lois' sister's only child, Sharlotte Kathleen Neely Donnelly, and Karen Marie Myatt Sheehan, who cared for Lois in her last years. Other nieces and nephews include Joseph Rutland Myatt, Jr., Michael Bryk, Barbara Bryk Tuttle, and Mary Ann Bryk Pendzuk and many great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.
It was Sharlotte who, as a child, gave Lois the nickname of "Dois." Lois' great-niece, Bridgette Donnelly, and great-great-niece, Quinn Donnelly, continued the tradition of calling her "Dois." For years as a child, Quinn remembered Great-great-aunt "Dois" in her nightly prayers and visited Aunt "Dois" daily when she vacationed with her family on nearby Tybee Island.
Lois' ancestry was Scots-Irish, Scots, Welsh, English, German, and--through the Bell, Martin, and Strickland surnames--Native American (Lumbee). Through the Cone branch of the family, she was descended from Conn of the Hundred Battles, the first high king of Ireland. Like her mother, Lois' Native American line goes back to the Coree Indians who lived on the Atlantic coast along the Virginia/North Carolina border. By the late 17th century, the Coree population had declined due to disease and war. During the Tuscarora War, some of the surviving Coree fled south seeking refuge among the Cheraw Indians. Later some surviving Cheraws, remnants of other Indian groups, whites, and African Americans became the basis of the contemporary Lumbee Indians.
Lois and all her direct female ancestors are of the matrilineal clan of "Katrine" (mtDNA haplogroup K). DNA matriline testing reveals that is the same matrilineal clan the 5,000-year-old "Ice Man" found in the Alps is from. Katrine was one of seven women from whom almost everyone of European ancestry is descended. Katrine lived about 15,000 years ago on the southern slopes of the Alps in northern Italy near present-day Venice, Italy. Her people were hunters who lived on ibex and chamois and supplemented their diet with roots and small mammals. About 10% of people of European ancestry are descended from Katrine.
Lois died peacefully in her sleep in the early morning hours of November 4, 2011 at the age of 85 at Spanish Oaks Hospice in Savannah. Her niece Karen immediately went to her bedside. Her funeral was at Fox and Weeks Funeral Home in Savannah. Lois was buried next to her husband Eddie at Hillcrest Abbey East Cemetery in Savannah on November 7, 2011.
Most of this information comes from Lois' mother Nevada McClelland Bell, her sister Kathleen Bell Neely, and her nieces Sharlotte Neely Donnelly and Karen Myatt Sheehan. Any errors are mine alone. Please go to the "edit" link on this site with any corrections or additions.
Marvin Barnard Bell (1897 - 1940)
Nevada McClelland Bell (1894 - 1985)
Edward Clifton Myatt (1914 - 2000)
Manie Kathleen Bell Neely (1922 - 2005)*
Edna Lois Bell Myatt (1926 - 2011)
Hillcrest Abbey East Cemetery
Created by: Sharlotte Neely Donnelly
Record added: Nov 04, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 79835514