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It is with great sadness that the family of Imogene Coleman Bell, 91, announce her passing on Thursday, August 24, 2017 in Chevy Chase, Maryland. She leaves behind daughters Marilyn Cannaday of Olathe, Kansas; Janet Powers of Jefferson, Maryland; Leslie Moore of Birmingham, Alabama; and Deborah Bell of Harrington, Delaware. She will also be fondly remembered by her grandchildren Stacy Cannaday, Heather Grimes, Megan Riffle, Patty Powers, Samantha Wadsworth, Michael Wadsworth and great grandchildren Lauren, Gabriel, Nathaniel, Siobhan, and Guinevere.
Imogene was born to Jewell and May Coleman in Rudy, Arkansas on July 11, 1926. The Coleman family moved to Oklahoma City where Imogene and her four siblings attended Capitol Hill High School.
In 1945, Imogene met Earl R. Bell at a USO dance in Oklahoma City and they married on June 3, 1945. They moved to Hastings, Nebraska so Earl could attend Hastings College. After the birth of their first daughter Marilyn Jean 1947 in Hastings, they moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma where Earl finished his degree in Architecture at Oklahoma A&M College. While in Stillwater Imogene and Earl made a home where they were surrounded by many friends and family and welcomed three more daughters into their lives: Janet Marie 1948, Leslie Ann 1960, and Deborah Susan 1963.
Imogene and her family were very active in their community as well as The First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater. Imogene taught Kindergarten sponsored by the church, since public school Kindergarten was not offered in Oklahoma at the time.
In 1965 , Imogene and her family moved to Springfield, Virginia and Earl worked for the Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC. Imogene took care of the family, volunteered at the elementary school and other work outside the home. In their retirement years, she and Earl resided in Leesburg and Purcellville, Virginia, then North Beach and Silver Spring, Maryland. Earl passed away in 2008 and Imogene resided in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Informal celebration of life will be held in October. Your memories can be sent to Janet Powers, 4319 Mountville Rd, Jefferson, MD 21755.
Published on September 6, 2017
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