Born October 11, 1927
Died April 4, 2018
Mother, Grandmother, Nana, and Christian Friend to all
On Wednesday, April 4th, Iris Elladee Bell left the loving arms of her family, passed through the gates of Heaven and into eternity with our Lord. In her final hours she was surrounded by her children; many of her grandchildren; great-grandchildren; pastors and church friends.
Iris Elladee Donithan was born on October 11, 1927 to Golden (Barnerd) and Cecil Donithan in Phoenix, Arizona. She was raised in Hardin County, Illinois by Birdie and Triston Martin. She married Duard Bell, September 26, 1942. They lived in Illinois and Indiana before moving to Phoenix, Arizona in 1950 where they raised their three children Barbara Janice (Towner), Marty, and Barry.
Iris Elladee and Duard served their Churches in Arizona. They continued their service at Trinity Baptist Church in Vacaville after their move to California in 1997.
She is survived by her children, seven grandchildren, 17 great -grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. Surviving relatives include her half-sister, Linda Stanley; half-brother, Mitch Jenkins of Illinois; as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Iris and Duard’s family linage names include Barnard, Donithan, Jenkins, Jennings, Rose, and Ledbetter.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Duard Bell in 2002.
A visitation/viewing will be held Thursday, April 19th, 5-8 p.m., at McCune Garden Chapel. A Funeral will be held Friday, April 20th, 10:00 a.m., at Trinity Baptist Church in Vacaville, CA
Fellowship will immediately follow the Funeral at Trinity Family Ministry Center.