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Kathleen (Kathie) Bell

June 30, 2019


Kathleen (Kathie) Bell went to join her husband Bob and parents, Ray and Gladys Nolan on Sunday, June 30, 2019. A graduate of Garden City High School and the State University at Cortland, Kathie lived in Fleming for over 40 years prior to moving to Auburn. She taught in local schools before becoming a caseworker for the county. Trips by Amtrak to see her children Dina and Keith on the West Coast were always an adventure for Kathie. On the way would be a stop to visit her sister Pat Parkman in Indiana. Or those two might venture off to see their eldest sister Mary (Betty) Freire in Pennsylvania or brother Tom Nolan and wife Dorothy in Connecticut. Honored with a Blessed Circle of Friends, she became known as the “Social Director” for the group, ever planning trips to Canada and gatherings for “fun and frivolity.” Volunteering came easy, from starting Girl Scouting and the swim program in Fleming to teaching Sunday school, but her true love was working in the “Y”  pool with folks who had need of water therapy to help alleviate a handicap. Special people in Kathie’s life include  cousin Jane/Wally Jayne , also Linda/Joe Johnson, Patty/Gary Hunt, Joanne/Russ/Janet Bell, Doxie Sherman, Judy/Joe Spin, Lucille/Bill Howley.A celebration of Kathie’s life will be held at Emerson Park Boat Launch Shelter on Thursday, July 11th from 2:00 PM until dusk. Friends, family and anyone wishing to share their stories are encouraged to attend. Light fare will be provided but you’re free to bring food and drinks to share as well. For those who would like to send flowers, the family asks that you instead, donate to your favorite charity or better yet, volunteer and get involved in the way that Kathie did throughout her life.

Thoughts to remember

As the ripples caused by the flung stone stir the surface of a whole pond, so your joy-making shall spread in ever widening circles, beyond all your knowledge, all anticipation. Such Joy is eternal.

Centuries after it is still bearing Joy’s precious fruit.




“We make a journey but from where to where?” She asked.

 “To God”, I said and left it there

But I have asked, too, why we had to start out of the shelter of His loving heart and to take so roundabout a road to

come back to the loving heart we started from.

The journey has to be our way to grow toward some fulfillment more than we may know.

“And this that we call death, it is no more than the opening and closing of a door ---and in Your house

how many rooms must be beyond this one where we rest momently.”



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