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Lily Helene Jeanne Pons Bell

Lily Helene Jeanne Pons Bell

Feb. 11, 1935 - Mar. 12, 2023

Date of Service: Mar. 20, 2023

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After an amazing 88 years, Lily Helene Jeanne Pons Bell, lifelong resident of Burley, returned home on March 12, 2023, in Alpine, Utah.

Lily was born to Jean Pierre (JP) Pons and Jeanne (Trumeau) on February 11, 1935, in Declo, Idaho. Lily was the youngest of three children. She grew up on a sheep ranch in Declo and spent her summers hoeing potatoes, beets, and beans to earn money. She loved all the animals, especially her lambs.

Lily loved and excelled at school and was a cheerleader in high school. She enjoyed spending time with her friends and was always busy with ball games, plays, bands, and other school activities. The biggest highlight of her life was in 1950 when she met the love of her life - Warren C. Bell. On September 4, 1953, she and Warren were married and started their life together. On May 11, 1963, Lily and Warren went to the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple and were sealed as a family of five. They were later blessed with two more children. They lived in Burley to help take care of his ailing father who had suffered a paralyzing stroke. Together they also tenderly cared for both of their mothers.

Lily enjoyed being a mom to her five children and working professionally. She spent many hours in the fall working in the scale house during the beet campaign. She was a familiar face as a receptionist for Dr. LaMar Nielsen and Dr. Jared C. Johnson. She had a beautiful soprano voice and loved to sing in the ward choir. It was a very proud moment when she was chosen to sing in the Idaho Stakes Singing Mothers Chorus during the 1962 October General Conference of the Church. She shared her talents by serving in several church callings and was a dedicated visiting teacher.

Family history and genealogy were some of her lifelong passions. Lily worked every week at the family history center helping others. She was committed to researching and recording her French ancestry, and we are certain she was greeted by many of them with open arms.

After retirement, Warren and Lily liked to travel to visit their family. Lily truly loved being a grandma and great-grandmother. Babies were her favorite and she loved to hold and play with them.

Lily is survived by her five children, Larry (Louise), Kerry (Rhonda), Beverly Ellison (James), Kent, and Alan (Rendi). She will be greatly missed by her loving 17 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Lily was preceded in death by her husband, Warren; her brother, Jean Pons; her sister, Madeleine Miller; and her parents.

The family would like to thank our friends at River Meadows Senior Living in Alpine, Utah, and Symbii Home Health and Hospice for their tender and loving attention to Lily over the past year, and especially these last few weeks. They were our advocates even when we didn’t know we needed them. We are grateful to them all.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 20, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Burley 7th Ward, located at 2200 Oakley Ave., in Burley. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery in Burley.

Family and friends will be received from 4 until 6 p.m. Sunday, March 19, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, and from 10 until 10:45 a.m. Monday, preceding the funeral, at the church.

A live webcast of the Funeral Service will be available and maintained at the following link: https://youtu.be/g0-76G_Q6M8.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Alzheimer’s Association here: rememberlily.com.

Condolences for Lily Helene Jeanne Pons Bell

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From Lynn Stephen Bell (Steve):
I have fond memories of our visits with aunt Lily and Warren on our way to Twin Falls for high school and Larsen family reunions. We were given the royal treatment and a tour around Burley and Oakley. Lily was very helpful with geneology research. We miss them! Steve and Clare
From Lynn Stephen (Steve) Bell:
Aunt Lily and Uncle Warren were so kind by giving a tour of Oakley and Burley. Lily was also very helpful on my geneology searches for the Larsen family. Wonderful times!
From Geralene Beckett:
I’m going to miss Aunt Lily. I have such fun cherished memories visiting her and Uncle Warren and the family each summer in Burley. What a sweet reunion they are having now. Sending love and big hugs.
From Stan & JoAnn McBride Shober:
We so Love our Aunts! Lily was always a great hostess when we came to visit, & gave great care to Gp. Bell & to Gm. Rest in peace, knowing you leave behind a job well done. Keeping The Bell Family in our prayers. Love
From Michelle Andersen:
I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet Mom. Thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless your heavy heart.
From Elaine:
So many sweet memories of Aunt Lily and so many wonderful times hanging out in Burley with all the cousins. She will be missed dearly
From Ricci (Bell) Vowles:
Great aunt Lily. Loved seeing her at the reunion and her memories of their parents and my grandpa Lavern. Miss Warren's laugh too. Good recipes too!
From Carol Bell Stuart:
Lily wasn’t just my aunt she was one of my best friends. She and Warren were such good examples to me in my teenage years. I loved going to see them and other siblings if my dad. They were all so much fun to be around. But Lily was always there to answer my questions. I loved her .
From Larry McBride:
Lily was such a special aunt. Uncle Warren must be so happy to have his eternal companion back.l
From Bonnie Bell Curtis:
I'm saddened to learn of aunt Lily's passing, but feel joy in knowing she is with uncle Warren again. What a wonderful family reunion with so many loved ones on the other side of the veil. Love and hugs to all my dear Bell Cousins!

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