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Carol Ann Bell

December 25, 1945 ~ March 31, 2019 (age 73)

Carol Ann Bell, 73, of Jerseyville, went lovingly into the arms of the Lord at 3:12 a.m., Sunday, March 31, 2019. Carol was born in Carrollton, Illinois on Christmas Day in 1945 to Charles Clifford and Frances Eleanor (Ling) Bell. She grew up in a loving environment, where she enjoyed numerous family trips, Cardinals baseball, putting together puzzles, collecting baseball cards, and following her favorite television shows. Her life was blessed with family and friends. As a young girl, Carol loved attending family reunions and holiday get togethers. She was eager to welcome all the new babies in the family, and that is where you would find Carol, always trying to care for the little ones.  On a family vacation, Carol would always be the "co-pilot" to her Dad, taking in and remembering all the details of each trip including the restaurants and swimming pools. She grew up in the family home on Washington Street in Jerseyville, and would take daily walks through the neighborhood, stopping along the way to visit with neighbors.  Although the walk was intended for exercise, Carol turned it into a social event.  She had an uncanny ability to remember details of her family and friends, and made sure to catch up on every family member when she ran into them. Carol attended the First Baptist Church in Jerseyville, and enjoyed being surrounded by her church family, attending their services, special activities, and meals. All those who knew Carol were touched by her kindness and love. She is survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister and brother in-law, Priscilla and John Powers and a brother and sister in-law, Deacon James and Kathryn Bell. Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Private graveside services will be conducted by Rev. Joel Lohr at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville, where she will be laid to rest alongside her mother.  She will be escorted to her final resting place by her nephew, Kevin Ruyle, and great nephews, John Lyles, Joe Lyles, Craig Beiermann, Marc Beiermann, Doug Ruyle and David Ruyle, and cousin, Larry Nowland. Memorials may be given to either the Isaac's Rays of Hope, supporting area children and families with life threatening illnesses, which is near and dear to Carol's family, or to the Jerseyville Public Library, where her Mother worked for many years and developed many programs and the love of books in our community.

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