Sandra Bell

Sandra Bell

Monday, June 29th, 1942 Friday, May 22nd, 2020

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Obituary for Sandra Ada Bell (Mayhew)

Sandra A. Bell of Dallas, a devoted mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother died on May 22, 2020 at 4:00 AM.

She was born to Durward and Viola Mayhew in Lynn, Massachusetts . They moved to Milford, Maine where they moved to the house his grandfather and great-grandfather had built. When she was six years old, she attended Milford Grammar School and Old Town High School. At the age of 19 she married Louis Dubay. They had two kids, Durward Woody and Katherine Dubay. They divorced 9 ½ years later. She then met and married Richard Bell in 1972. He adopted her children. They moved to Dedham and lived on Lucerne Lake in a two-story solid log cabin. The Maine winters were hard on her health, having pneumonia twice a year, every year. Her doctor told her if she wanted to live she’d have to find a better climate. They moved to Monmouth, Oregon in 1980. They divorced after 12 years of marriage. Like many times before, she and her sister moved in together and in 1984 moved to Dallas.
In Maine, she worked for Bangor Hydroelectric in the purchasing department for years. After moving to Oregon, she and her sister became caregivers for many years. She was also a night manager at Dallas Retirement Village. She also worked at the Chamber of Commerce. Her last job was being the Traffic Manager at KWIP radio station for 18 years. She loved her job and everyone she worked with were all like family. In 2010 the disease of Alzheimer’s made her unable to continue working.

She lived at home where her sister loved and cared for her for 9 ½ years with the help of her daughter. She remained home until December 26 when she went to Jefferson Lodge. Within eight days she had fallen and fractured her knee and then falling and breaking her hip. She went to Salem Hospital but because of her health and low weight they couldn’t operate. She was placed in the lovable hands of the Edward F. Tokarski Hospice home in west Salem on January 8.

She was loved by everyone who she met and she passed in to the care of our loving God on May 22, 2020.
Sandra is survived by her two children Durward Woody Dubay and Katherine A. Bell, her sister Karen Rutherford, five grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. She will live on in the hearts of everyone who knew her. A memorial service will be planned for a later date. Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center is caring for the family.

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Brenda Durant

Sandra was beautiful, inside and out. We spent many hours listening to her Elvis vinal records on her stereo, cranked full blast and singing alone. She was also a beautiful artist! I remember she did portraits for a local studio. She would take a graduation picture and recreate it in oil. She was caring, a wonderful friend and we
stayed in touch for many years. Then she moved, I moved and we lost touch. I finally tracked down Kathy and learned of Sandra's illness. It broke my heart. Her family gave her the best life possible I know and now she's free of that terrible disease. My heartfelt condolences to the family sent with love. Finally, the obituary is beautiful and so well written. Fly high Sandra. You earned your crown.
Comment | Posted at 11:40am via Condolence

Carol Chaney

was so sorry to hear about sandra she was special i always liked doing her hair and our visits i know she will be missed
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