Margaret Ann Graham Bell, 83, passed away peacefully Jan. 3, 2017.
She and her husband lived in Raleigh, N.C. for the past 30 years.
Ann was born July 7, 1934, in Cherokee, daughter of the late Lem and Elizabeth Graham.
She attended grade school in Cherokee and graduated from Blaine High School. On her first day of college, she met her future husband, John Paul Bell. They were married Aug. 29, 1954. Before she graduated from college she started teaching in a one room Needmore School House. In 1959, Ann graduated from Westhampton College University of Richmond, Va. She took art classes, taught school and started studying for her master's degree in education. In 1962 she gave birth to their daughter, Elizabeth.
By the mid-1970's, John and Ann had moved to Raleigh. Ann taught school while studying for her master's. Ann always subscribed to Architectural Digest and had interests in decorating and in investing so she also took some real estate sales classes and discovered that she had a knack for real estate. She earned her broker's license and opened her own office. She took care of her parents in their final years, bred sweet-tempered show cats, collected art and antiques and managed the family business with her husband in Raleigh. She was also a breast cancer survivor.
In 2014, Ann was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. Her husband took care of her at home until she needed the freedom and safety of a controlled environment. Since late autumn of 2015, Ann resided at Falls River Court Memory Care in Raleigh. She enjoyed her life there watching all the busyness. Her final months were made comfortable by the attentive and thoughtful Hospice Transitions care-givers. Ann died in her sleep of respiratory complications of Alzheimer's Disease.
Ann is survived by her husband, John Paul Bell; and her only child, Elizabeth; a grandson, John Paul Garner of New Mexico; a granddaughter, Laura of Raleigh; a great-grandson, Graham, aged 2 and named for her.
She will be missed and always remembered for her intelligence, kindness, hard work, brilliant blue eyes and thousand-watt smile.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at Young Funeral Home Chapel in Louisa. Burial will be in Graham Cemetery in Blaine.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at youngfuneralhomeinc.com.
Published on January 10, 2017