Elaine C. Bell, a resident of Warsaw, passed away at 9:15 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw. Surrounded by those she loved, Ms. Bell was 90 years old at the time of her passing.
Born on Nov. 27, 1928, in Indianapolis, Elaine Ober was the daughter of Arden and Emelia (Horn) Ober. She attended Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis and earned a degree in journalism from Butler University.
She was united in marriage to James R. Bell on May 10, 1947. Together, the pair spent nearly fifty years creating memories. They co-owned Business Equipment Company and lovingly raised a family of four children, all of whom survive. Her husband, James, preceded her in passing on Feb. 16, 1995.
In addition to their family business, she worked as a photo journalist and a features writer for the Times Union. She was also a freelance contributor to many other publications and worked as a wedding photographer. She was President of the Women’s Press Club of Indiana, a longtime volunteer with Cardinal Services and performed with the Cardinal Services hand bell choir, traveling to Washington D.C. She was family oriented and both proud and supportive of her children and grandchildren.
A list of survivors includes three daughters: Cindy (Jerry Opperude) Dobbins of Warsaw, Pam Leek of Winona Lake and Melissa (Scott) Silveus of Warsaw; son, Jamey Bell of Los Angeles, CA; and six grandchildren: JR (Sarah) Dobbins of New Palestine, IN, Misti (Mark) Pendergrass of Los Angeles, CA, Marni Leek of Indianapolis, Josh (Reagan) Silveus of Warsaw, Aaron (Kimm) Silveus of Warsaw and Jake (Jenn) Silveus of Warsaw. Also surviving is her sister, Marilyn Piety of Indianapolis and 13 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, James R. Bell, Sr. those who preceded Elaine in passing include her parents; two sisters, Geraldine Miller and Evelyn Browning; brother, Arden Ober, Jr. and son-in-law, Glen “Jug” Leek.
Friends and family will gather at Titus Funeral Home, 2000 East Sheridan Street, Warsaw, on Sunday, Jan. 13, for visitation from 1 to 4 p.m. A funeral service, officiated by Certified Funeral Celebrant, Sharon Brockhaus, will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Her committal in Warsaw’s Oakwood Cemetery will be private.
Memorial gifts may be given to the Cardinal Services, 504 North Bay Drive, Warsaw, IN 46580 or to the Greater Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s’ Association, 6324 Constitution Dr. Fort Wayne, IN 46804.