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CHAMPAIGN, Illinois Grace Marcella Bell-Fry, 92, passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at her home in Champaign, Illinois.
Formerly of Camden, Grace was born on April 19, 1925 in Walton to Emmett H. and Bertha (Stephenson) Burkett. Grace married Evan Dale Bell on Dec. 20, 1940 in Logansport and he passed away on July 18, 1983. She married Harry Irvin Fry on Dec. 10, 1988 in Logansport and he passed away on March 27, 2009.
Grace is survived by her children Betty (James) Bell Gauze, Lawrence L. (Eva) Bell, and Barbara K. "Babs" (Gerald) Bell Hajdusiewicz; grandchildren Kregg (Jenny Sears) Sanders, Kelly Grace (G. Scott) Allhands, James A. (Linda Garczynski), Steven B. (Deana) Gauze, Tricia Lynn (Jeffrey) Fox, Nicholas Ari Hajdusiewicz and Alison Elizabeth (Jenny Robertson) Hajdusiewicz; great-grandchildren Joshua Sanders, Kato Sanders, Syrus Sears, Makayla Sears, Chelsea Allhands, Evan Allhands, Ryan Gauze, Kaylee Gauze, Danika Garczynski, Adam Gauze, Cora Leigh Gauze, Garrett Gauze, Timothy Evan Fox, Darin David Fox, Madeleine Victoria Fox, Willa Abigail Hajdusiewicz and Phineas Levi (Finn) Hajdusiewicz; great-great-grandchildren Madison, Jackson, Braxton, and Kaynin; sister Pauline Baber; nieces and nephews Mary Edith Titus, Marlene Linbach, Becky Forney, Diane Achgill, Sharon Denhardt, Norman Snyder, Shirley Griffin, Shelley Wiseley, Sheila Troutman, Marie Totten, Pamela Dove, Bobby Burkett, Kevin Burkett, Ronald Burkett, Phyllis Cooksey, Russell Baber, Carmen Sharp, and Rita Hettinger; sister-in-law Dixie Burkett; and honorary granddaughter Kaili Yun.
She also leaves behind living angels Pastor Sheryl Palmer, Evelyn DuPriest, Wanda (Vince) Haschek-Hock, Corina Mira, Terry and Nancy Dolan, Moder (late Zeenat) Attarwalla, Jimmy and Shirley Howe, Sue Kumler, DeAnna Williams, and Bobby Swann; and "Team Grace Caregivers" June 2017 to now and always Georgiana Schuster, Amy Love, Karen Palmisano, Kaleigh Adams and Linda Edmunds.
Grace was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; grandson Darin E. Bell; siblings Joe Burkett, Ed Burkett, Helen Cunningham, Margaret Snyder, Donald Burkett, Raymond Burkett, David Burkett and Clifford Burkett; nieces and nephews Jean Creviston, Carol Stacey, Linda White, Carolyn White, Mike Burkett and Clifford A. Burkett; sisters-in-law Donna Burkett, Helen Burkett and Mary Burkett.
Grace was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and an excellent cook and pie baker. She restored antique furniture, raised chickens, created specialty hand-made lamp shades, and designed clothing. She managed a small restaurant in Burrows and retired from Essex Wire.
A celebration of Grace's life will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017 with visitation from 4-6 p.m. CST at Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave. Champaign, Illinois followed by a service.
There will be a memorial celebration of Grace's life at 10 a.m. EST on Monday, Aug. 7, at the Burrows Presbyterian Church with a light lunch following. Burial will be Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Woodville Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made in Grace's name to Burrows Presbyterian Church and the American Cancer Society.
Share memories or photos on her tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
Published on August 1, 2017
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