Opal Eileen Bell

Opal Eileen Bell

Opal Eileen Bell of Bonne Terre passed away July 24, 2017.  She was 91.

She was born on April 9, 1926 in Goodland, the daughter of the late Tony Otto and Ethel Ann (Rencehausen) Goggin.

On April 30, 1960, she was united in marriage to James Edward Bell, who survives.

To this union a daughter, Andrea Susan Pruett, was born.  She survives and resides with her husband, Steven, in Terre du Lac.  

Also surviving are her grandchildren, Brandon Mahler and wife, Michelle, Bryce Pruett, great- granddaughter, Belle Lucille Mahler and Branch Janes Mahler; Five sisters survive; Donna Mills of Arnold, Ruby Miner of Belleview, Doris Wingerter of Mineral Point, Joann Crocker of Belleview and Francis Lincoln, also of Belleview.  

Opal was preceded in death by four brothers, James Goggin, Paul Goggin, Robert Goggin, and Jerry Goggin; three sisters, Mildred Giles, Shirley Crocker, and Carol Shy; and a son-in-law, Joseph Mahler.

Opal was a member of the Black River Baptist Church.  She was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening, decorating and traveling, especially with reunions.  Opal served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Ottery Community Cemetery for many years after being one of the original organizers of the cemetery.  

Funeral services were held on Friday, July 28, 2017 at noon from Bryson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Frank Nash officiating.  Visitation began at 10 a.m.  Pallbearers were Steve Pruett, Bryce Pruett, Brandon Mahler, Gary Walker, Bill Bryant and Thomas Mills.  

Interment was in Ottery Community Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Ottery Community Cemetery Association.  

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.brysonfuneralhome.com.