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Donna Quay Bell Gill-More
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Birth: Mar. 18, 1939
Nara Visa
Quay County
New Mexico, USA
Death: Mar. 1, 1995
King County
Washington, USA

Great, Great Grand Parents: Elijah Bell (1778 - 1848) and Susanah (Runyan) Bell (1779 - 1877)

Great Grand Parents: Elkanah Bell (1822 1888) and Talitha Cuma (Terrell) Bell (1824 ~ 1902)

Grand Parents: Oscar Fitzalen Bell (1864 1951) and Hattie Josephine (Shrader) Bell (1863 1935)

Parents: Joy Frank Bell (1894 1983) and Marcella Monica (Rock) Bell (1908 1980)

Donna Quay Bell is the forth daughter and sixth child of fifteen (15) born into the Joy Frank Bell and Marcella Monica (Rock) Bell Family.

Joy Frank Bell was born into the family of Oscar Fitzalen Bell and Hattie Josephine (Shrader) Bell. The family lived in Iowa and later Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma Territory and Oklahoma after the turn of the century. In 1915, the Oscar Fitzalen Bell family moved to Nara Visa, New Mexico via two covered wagons. There they filed homestead on a 320 acres of land nineteen miles northwest of Nara Visa.

Marcella Monica Rock was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was the fourth child of Ferdinand Alexander Rock and Mary Anna (Philipps) Rock. Ten months after her birth, the Ferdinand Alexander Rock family moved to Nara Visa, New Mexico and began homesteading.

The Joy and Marcella Bell heritage began in New Mexico. On June 28, 1930, Joy Frank Bell and Marcella Monica Rock and were married in Tucumcari. For the next twenty years, they lived on a ranch near Nara Visa. Those formative years resulted in the birth of seven boys and five girls. Donna Quay Bell was the fourth daughter and the 6th of fifteen children born into the hardscrabble farm family of Joy and Marcella Bell. Donna attended school through the fifth grade at the consolidated Nara Visa School.

In 1950, the Bell family relocated to Northeast Oklahoma, about six miles from Siloam Springs, Arkansas. There on a small neglected Delaware County farm, the Bell family saga continued to evolve. The Bell's were far from a Leave It to Braver Family. As this was an era when money was scarce, virtually all of life's basic essentials had to be produced on the farm. Nearly all of their food products (vegetables, fruit, beef, pork and chicken) were grown and raised on the farm. Sometimes hunting game such as quail, rabbits and squirrels, provided a family meal. The only toys the children had were things they could make from their own imagination. For Christmas they got fruit, candy, nuts, hand-me-down-clothes and sometimes a small toy. Their primary entertainment was an Emerson console radio and black & white TV.

Their small dilapidated house had only a living room, kitchen and two bed rooms. There was no bathroom or indoor plumbing. The home was heated with a potbelly wood/coal burning stove in the living room and a huge cast iron wood/coal burning stove in the kitchen, which was the only source for cooking meals.

The Bell children attended small rural schools, some of which had only one room. Their lunch would usually consist of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, or if they were lucky and there were leftovers, some days they would have cold pancakes that had been buttered, sprinkled with sugar and rolled around a sausage link. In the wintertime, when it was blistery cold, cattle and pigs were butchered, which provided meat into the spring.

The Bell family encountered many difficult and unending challenges and the rewards were few. Those early years were especially an emotional time for the family as the oldest sibling, Francis was drafted into the U.S. Army to serve in the Korean War and the family mourned the loss of their teenage daughter and sibling, Sue Ellen. During the next five years, Marcella gave birth to two more boys and one girl.

Donna Bell attended Carnes Grade School from 1950 through 1953. Then she attended Watts High School and graduated salutatorian in 1957. In late-1951, her sister, Sue Ellen became ill and was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor that could not be surgically removed. Sue Ellen died in 1954. Her death inspired Donna's interest in nursing. In 1957, Donna began attending St. Edwards School in Fort Smith, Arkansas. After completing a three year nursing program in 1963, Donna moved to Tulsa Oklahoma and worked as an intensive care unit nurse at St. John's Hospital. In 1964, she moved to San Francisco, California. There she worked at St. Mary's Hospital and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from San Francisco University.

In 1967, Donna relocated to Seattle, Washington, where she spent most of her professional career working as an intensive care unit nurse. She married James Haigh on June 10, 1967. They had four adopted and three biological children. At the time of her death she was employed at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, Washington. She was respected and admired by many of the hospital staff. After her death, Virginia Mason Hospital established in her honor, the Donna Gill-More Excellence in Nursing Award.

Donna died after a five year battle with breast cancer. She was a staple in the Bell family with an uplifting spirit and a comforting smile. Donna was preceded in death by her son, Patrick Haigh, who died at the age twenty from a freak hiking accident. She is buried in the Gethsemane section of the Sunset Hills Memorial Cemetery.

Children of Donna Quay (Bell) Gill-More: Joseph Haigh, Elizabeth Haigh, Michael James Haigh, Robert Bernard Haigh, Patrick Mark Haigh (Jul. 14, 1970 ~ Jul. 21, 1990), Vanessa Mary Haigh, Marcella Joan Haigh.

Siblings of Donna Quay (Bell) Gill-More: Francis Joy Bell, Mary Jane Bell, Arthur Alexander Bell, Hattie Ann Bell, Sue Ellen Bell (May 6, 1937 ~ Jan. 22, 1954), Pearl Fay Bell (Oct. 21, 1940 ~ Nov. 13, 2010), Patrick Henry Bell, Edgar Allen Bell, August Daniel Bell, Richard Joseph Bell, Raymond Christopher Bell, Michael Kenneth Bell (Jan. 12, 1951 ~ Jul. 3, 1996), Nancy Rebecca Bell and Florian Gene Bell.

References: "The Genealogy and History of the Peter Philipps Family," by Zita Marie (Rock) Egerton, 1967

"A Pioneer Heritage: The History, Times and Legacy of Oscar Fitzalen and Hattie Josephine Bell," by Patrick H. Bell, 2005

Revised: Jan. 25, 2011
Family links: 
  Joy Frank Bell (1894 - 1983)
  Marcella Monica Rock Bell (1908 - 1980)
  Patrick Mark Haigh (1970 - 1990)*
  Arthur Alexander Bell (1934 - 2014)*
  Hattie Ann Bell Woodruff (1935 - 2014)*
  Sue Ellen Bell (1937 - 1954)*
  Donna Quay Bell Gill-More (1939 - 1995)
  Pearl Fay Bell Smith (1940 - 2010)*
  Michael Kenneth Bell (1951 - 1996)*
  Nancy Rebecca Bell VanHooser (1952 - 2012)*
*Calculated relationship
Sunset Hills Memorial Park
King County
Washington, USA
Plot: Plot 214, Space 7
Created by: Richard Joseph Bell
Record added: Dec 23, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 63255428
Donna Quay <i>Bell</i> Gill-More
Added by: Richard Joseph Bell
Donna Quay <i>Bell</i> Gill-More
Added by: Richard Joseph Bell
Donna Quay <i>Bell</i> Gill-More
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