Obit: Bell, Minnie Jean (1926 - 2009)

Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon


Surnames: Bell, Faylor, Hedding, Wilber, Mattson, Grassmeier  

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) November 11, 2009 

Bell, Minnie Jean (16 January 1926 - 5 November 2009) 

Minnie J. Bell, 83, of Ripon and longtime rural Humbird resident died Thursday morning, Nov. 5, 2009, in the Fountain View Care Center, Ripon. 

Minnie Jean Hedding was born Jan. 16, 1926, near Clintonville to Ira and Ethel (Faylor) Hedding.  She was raised in the Clintonville area and moved with her family to the Humbird area when she was a teenager.  She graduated from Humbird High School. 

She married Robert A. Bell June 8, 1944, in Minneapolis.  The couple first farmed near Cadott for five years before moving to Humbird.  Robert Bell died Sept. 13, 1996.   Following Robert’s death, Minnie continued to reside in rural Humbird until moving to Ripon in October 2008. 

Minnie had been employed at Dadco Food Products (Roma Pizza) of Black River Falls. 

She enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, sewing, baking, canning, cooking and writing (compiling her family’s history). 

Survivors include a daughter, Bonnie (Tom) Wilber of Ripon; two sons, Kenneth (Debra) Bell of Humbird and Robert (Carol) Bell of Kenosha; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Edith Mattson of Phoenix, AZ; and numerous other relatives and friends. 

In addition to her husband, Robert A. Bell, Minnie was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Thelma Grassmeier; and two brothers, Vern and Earl Hedding. 

A celebration of Minnie’s life will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at the Kenneth and Debra Bell residence, rural Humbird. 

The Buswell Funeral Home, Black River Falls, is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Online condolences are available at  



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