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Joyce Elaine Bell

d. July 5, 2014

Joyce Elaine Bell, age 73 of Cantrall, passed away on Saturday July 5, 2014 at Villa Health Care East in Sherman.

She was born January 15, 1941 in Williamsville, IL, the daughter Robert and Mary Rose (Nix) Black. She married Paul “Tony” Bell in 1965 in Springfield, IL. He preceded her in death in 1993.

Mrs. Bell was a graduate of Williamsville High School, St. John’s School of Nursing and was employed by St. John’s Hospital and St. Francis Convent Mother House for 45 years as a Registered Nurse.

She is survived by two sisters Sandra Grant of Springfield and Roberta Jones of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, her brothers Ronald Black of Williamsville, William Black of Rantoul, and John Black of Riverton, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday July 9, 2014 at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens, from 9:30 AM to time of funeral service at 11:30 AM.

Rev. Dick Piscatelli will be officiating.

Burial will be held at Fancy Creek Cemetery near Sherman.

Memorial may be made to St. John’s Hospital.


  1. I have known Joyce since I came to work at St. John’s Hospital in 1973. I have always admired her work ethic, and how caring she was to her patients. When she came to the Motherhouse to work, we always joked about doing things “The St. John’s Way”. I will miss her contagious laugh and sparkle in her eye. You all have my deepest sympathy on your loss.

  2. The St.John’s Hospital Retirees’ group wishes to express our heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Joyce Bell. She was a valuable, hard-working member of our group especially helping with the setup/teardown at our quarterly membership meetings. She will be greatly missed.

  3. Joyce was so much a part of my life for a long time. I haven’t seen her for awhile, but she was in my thoughts, as your whole family is. Sorry I could not be there for the memorial. Please know that the whole family is in my thoughts and prayers. I am glad she is at peace.

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