Patricia May Bell


(nee Stringer)

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Patricia May Bell of Sherwood Park, Alberta, on October 3, 2022 at Rivercrest Hospice, Fort Saskatchewan Alberta.

She was born on April 21, 1934, to George and Edith Stringer, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The family moved to Vancouver, where she lived until she married Donald Edward Bell in 1954.

She moved to Ardrossan, Alberta with Don, where she lived for 57 years. Together they raised their family, farmed with Don’s family, and were actively involved in the community.

She had five children: Eileen, Alexander, Susan, Jean, and Douglas.

Education was always very important to her, so when all her children were in school, she went back herself and finished high school. She then graduated from Grant MacEwan College.

She worked for Imperial Oil as a library tech until she retired. Then she worked in the library at the Grey Nun’s Hospital for a number of years. Finally, she retired again, even though they desperately wanted her to stay.

After her final retirement, she took courses at the University of Alberta that included Middle Eastern religion and culture, and Indigenous studies, because she wanted to better understand how life is for people with a variety of backgrounds and lived experiences.

She loved music, and was a member of the Sherard Musical Theatre in Sherwood Park for a number of years, performing at Sherwood Park’s Festival Place and at the Fringe Festival. She and Don had season’s tickets to the Edmonton Symphony, and in the last five years of her life, she never missed a performance of her grandson Sam with the Kokopelli Choir.

She loved to travel, curled most of her life, and loved the Edmonton Oilers passionately. She was also passionate about the province of Alberta, and was politically active right to the end of her life.

Patricia is survived by her children Eileen (Harold), Susan (Joe), Jean (Tony) and Doug (Charlene),; her grandchildren Jon, Jessica, Donald, Alexander, Nicholas, Mitchell, Sean, and Samuel; and her great grandchildren Rosie, Lucy, Sacha and Nico.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, her son Alexander, her great-grandchild Sera, and her husband, Don in 2010.

Funeral services will be October 15, 2022, 2 PM, at the Salisbury United Church, 2 Mission Street, Sherwood Park, Alberta, with Britt Aerhart officiating.

Please join us for light refreshments after the service. Interment will follow at 4 PM at the Cloverbar Cemetery, 2025 Yellowhead Trail, Edmonton.

Donations to to the Youth Emergency Shelter, Edmonton, in lieu of flowers.

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8 Condolences


In a difficult time in my life Pat asked me if I wanted to go to a movie. I thought she said “Move in and so I stayed for 6 months”.

Pat and Don gave me the time I needed to heal and move forward. She has always had a special place in my heart.

My heart is sad and yet glad that she and Don are reunited once again.

Jodi Robertshaw

My memories of visiting the bell house and Mrs Bell always having something good to treat us with. My parents are sad to see her gone as well. Holding on to great memories. Sending love from Roggeveen’s to all her wonderful family

Freda Pytel

Patsy was our table mate at silver Birch Lodge
I so much admired her in every way!!!!
We miss her so much, and God bless this precious lady!!

Joan and Clifford Rae

Sorry for your loss Jean and Tony, she lived a very busy and productive life and now resting “under his wings.”

Erin Williams

Eileen, Sue, Jean and family, your Mom left a legacy in her family that she would be proud of. It is a sad time and grief can overtake you… please know you are in my thoughts and i send love your way.

Grace Morin and Family

She clearly was a person who had many interests and pursued them with zeal. You must be so proud that she was your mother and grandmother. No doubt she will be dearly missed.

Katie Mustafayeva

Mrs. Bell was a beloved fixture of my childhood. She was always kind to me and encouraging, which I desperately needed. I remember thinking that Alex had the coolest grandmother in the universe! She took no sass (as evidenced by the notorious sugar sandwich story), had the most radiant smile, and wasn’t too old to get a piercing! RIP Mrs. Bell, you will be remembered so fondly.