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 Julia Mary <I>Fonda</I> Bell

Julia Mary Fonda Bell

Illinois, USA
Death 19 Jan 2013 (aged 67–68)
Lucerne Valley, San Bernardino County, California, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 158770247 · View Source
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"The life and times of Julia Bell"
What more can we say about Julia Bell? Just last month The Leader reported on the well-deserved ceremony honoring her service on the school board and as a principal before that. In 2009 Millie Rader did an article on both she and her husband Chuck Bell as major characters in Lucerne Valley, as volunteers, philanthropists and all-around wonderful members of this community. And most recently, The Leader reported on her untimely death last month.
There probably aren’t very many of us who weren’t aware of the health issues Julia has suffered and endured lately. She’s been through multiple surgeries and life threatening conditions resulting in the ultimate loss of her lower right leg. Through it all Julia remained steadfast and determined in her recovery with an amazing outlook while still participating in both school board and volunteer activities.
She is and has been an inspiration to so many of us. So, as a final tribute to this amazing woman, we’d like to share how she lived prior to joining us here in Lucerne Valley and how her life took shape before she left us on Jan. 19, 2013.
Julia was born and lived in Chicago and in the mid-1960s attended Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., where she met her husband, Chuck Bell. Both Chuck and Julia have a work ethic that had them doing every kind of odd job to pay their tuitions and make a living. That work ethic also speaks to their core values of sharing and giving back to their community.
They dated and carried on a long-distance relationship until 1968, when they got married and moved to Chuck’s Lucerne Valley ranch that his family has owned since the 1940s. While Julia alternately taught fourth grade, sixth grade and kindergarten at Lucerne Valley Elementary School, she was also busy giving birth to her two children Heather (May of 1973) and David (December of 1976).(..)
Well, it looks like there is so much more to say about Julia Bell. We could probably find new and remarkable traits and deeds for pages to come. But we’ll refrain for now and for the family’s sake, allowing them to come to terms with this loss.
Julia’s beloved Roadrunners are planning a memorial and tribute to her on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. at Lucerne Valley Elementary School’s multi-purpose building, Goulding Hall. There will be opportunities there to share more through a memory table, and maybe to even to say a few words. The family wants to thank everyone for their sensitivity to their privacy and hopes all will be present to honor Julia. Also, please refrain from sending flowers, as the family would prefer to have any donations go to the Lucerne Valley Roadrunners, P.O. Box 521, Lucerne Valley, CA 92356.
Published in the Lucerne Valley Leader, February 14, 2013. Article Link

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