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Leon James Bell
Original name:  Leon James Bell
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Birth: Jul. 8, 1916
Sevier County
Utah, USA
Death: Jun. 5, 1936
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

Funeral Held in Third Ward for Leon James Bell

Many beautiful flowers and a congregation that crowded the auditorium and adjoining hall of the Third ward chapel to capacity gave silent tribute Sunday at funeral services held for Leon James Bell, 20, who died in a Salt Lake Hospital Friday from complications following an operation for appendicitis.

Bishop Alex Jensen presided at the services. The first speaker, A. M. Maughan, principal of the Richfield High School spoke of Leon's cleanliness of mind and body, his trustworthiness dependability and friendliness emphasized by the activities in which he and his twin sister Leah participated at the school. John R. Adams, who had been one of Leon s instructors at the high school said he had never seen more love of a brother and sister more beautifully portrayed than it was by Leah and Leon and like Mr. Maughan spoke of the young mans character traits and qualities of leadership. Patriarch H. J. Hansen, a former bishop of the Third ward emphasized the obedience to service and church standards which characterized Leon's activities and stated that he had accomplished more in his short life than many who live to ripe old age. With a few closing remarks, Bishop Alex Jensen joined the speakers in offering consolation to the bereaved family.

Music for the services was in charge of Mrs. Reginald Peterson. A quartet composed of Mrs. A. B. Robinson, Mrs. Reginald Peterson, Mrs. Roy Christensen, Mrs. Ruby Nielson, Leroy Hatch, A. W. Rowley, F. A. Jackman and Roy Christensen with Mrs. Chas A. Jackman as accompanist sang, "Love at Home," "Let Us Oft Speak Kind Words" and "Behold Tis Eventide." Mrs. Robinson who was soloist for the quartet also sang a solo, "After a While" and Mrs. L. A. Poulson sang, "Going Home," for which Carvel Mattsson played the accompaniment.

The invocation was by Chris Peterson; benediction by G. W. Coons.

Interment was in the city cemetery. C. L. Stewart of Mt. Pleasant dedicated the grave.

Active pallbearers were Jerry Ogden, Merrill Hatch, Garr Hansen, Chas. Stillman, Richard Gurr and Wm. Warner. Honorary pall bearers were Thomas King, Steve Peterson, Lyle Peterson, Dean Isbell, Nyle Thurston, Arnold Payne, Eugene Littlewood and Syril Zufelt. The girls carring the flowers were classmates and friends of Leon and Leah.

Leon Bell was born July 7, 1916, at Glenwood, a son of Floyd and Margaret Sanderson Bell. He attended the local schools and graduated from the Richfield high school in 1935. He entered the Snow College last fall majoring in dramatic art and music and was regarded as one of the outstanding students of the school, taking the leading parts in several school plays. He was active in M. I. A. work and served as dance director in the Sevier and South Sanpete stakes. While at the R. H. S. he was a member of the cast that won the competitive play contest at the B Y U in 1935 and was also active in music.

Surviving are the parents; a twin sister Leah Bell, a brother Floyd Dean Bell of Richfield, a brother T. Lowell Bell of Salt Lake and his grandmother, Mrs. Josephine Bell of Glenwood.

Besides a large number of relatives and friends from surrounding towns those who came to attend the funeral included Dr. and Mrs. Browner of Salt Lake, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Stewart and Mrs. Calvin Christensen of Mt. Pleasant, Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Johnson and Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Payne of Provo, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Johnson of Salt Lake City, Mr. and Mrs. James Sanderson, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Sanderson and Mr. and Mrs. Fern Sanderson of Fairview and Mr. and Mrs. Reed Sanderson of Midvale.

Published in The Richfield Reaper Newspaper 1936-06-11
Family links: 
  Floyd Bell (1892 - 1982)
  Margaret Sanderson Bell (1891 - 1970)
  Thomas Lowell Bell (1914 - 1977)*
  Leon James Bell (1916 - 1936)
  Leah Margaret Bell Nordfors (1916 - 2002)*
  Floyd Dean Bell (1922 - 1966)*
*Calculated relationship
Richfield City Cemetery
Sevier County
Utah, USA
Plot: A.25.18.08
Maintained by: Kel
Originally Created by: Utah State Historical So...
Record added: Feb 02, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 138473
Leon James Bell
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Leon James Bell
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