Obituary

Helen Bell Laws

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery


        Aunt Helen, Sister Helen, Miss Helen, just Helen was known by whatever name her nieces, nephews, sisters, brothers and comrades in Christ chose to call her. She was a warm and loving person. Helen served as a "mother" for many though she and her beloved Edward had no children of their own.

        Summers at the Jersey shore with Aunt Helen gave many happy memories to family and friends alike. Family was quite important to Helen as her sisters and brothers would attest. Each one of them could have a funny story to tell about Helen. Family reunions held every two years at the John Tyler Bell Pavilion often found Helen at the center of a group giving her version of the Bell's family history.

        Helen loved Jesus and was a faithful member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Manasquan, New Jersey for many years before her declining health prohibited her attendence. She always had one ot two well worn Bibles in her hands and would not hesitate to teach you a thing or two about Jesus.

        Her civic involvement in New Jersey was well known. She belonged to several groups but was best noted for her work with the Monnoths County Community Actions Program for which she received a Presidential Citation from Lyndon B. Johnson.

        Helen leaves to cherish her memories her surviving siblings, George Elmo Bell (Beatrice) of Petersburg, VA, Paul Bell (Florine) and Velon Bell (Ruth) both of Powhatan, VA. She is predeceased by sisters, Josephine Bell, Leah Bell Morris (Hollis, Sr.), Elizabeth Bell, Marquerite Bell Goodman; Brothers, Webster Bell, Irvin Bell, and Ivory Bell. She will also be missed by a host of nieces, nephews, most devoted nieces, Jean and Barbara and devoted nephew, Hollis Morris, Jr. Her New Jersey friends and family will miss her too. We love you Helen, but God loved you best.





My Last Request


Please don't say I gave up
Just say I gave in.
Don't say that I lost the battle,
For it was God's war to lose or win.
Please don't say how good I was,
But that I did my best.
Just say I tried to do what's right,
To give the most I could, not less.
Please don't give me wings or halos,
Thats for God to do.
I want no more than I deserve,
No extras, just my due.
But if you must say anything,
Then I have one last request!
Forgive me for the wrong, I've done
And with love that's left.
Thank God - for I've been blessed.

        Lovingly submitted - The Family




ACKNOWLEDGEMENT


The family acknowledges with sincere
thanks and appreciation all expressions
of comfort and deeds extended to them
during the illness and passing of their loved one.


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