Rita M. Bell
1924 ∼ 2017
Rita M. (Russo) Bell, 93, of Bourne, formerly of Hyannis Port, died Saturday, July 1, 2017, at McCarthy Care Center in Sandwich after a brief illness.
Rita was born in Hyde Park, MA, to the late Henry and Brunelda (Gregory) Russo and graduated from Hyde Park High School in 1941 where she played basketball and tennis. For eight years she worked for Allis-Chalmers as an assistant to the Assistant Chief Engineer in the drafting department.
In 1950 she moved to Hyannis Port where she married and was the beloved wife of 57 years to Austin A. Bell, who preceded her in death. She worked many years as a bookkeeper at Burman’s Clothing and later at The Beach Club in Centerville. A devout Catholic, Rita was a member of the guild at Saint Francis Xavier Church. She spent her final years at Cape Cod Senior Residences in Pocasset.
Rita’s greatest joy was raising and caring for her family. Rita is survived by her son Gregory Bell of West Barnstable, his wife Theresa and their children Andrew, Alana and Austin, and her great grandson Zachary Bell; her daughter Lauren (Bell) Mirsky of Ketchikan, AK, her husband Ralph and their daughters Callie and Sage.
A Funeral Mass will be said at Our Lady of Victory Church, 230 S. Main St., Centerville, MA at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 14th, followed by a celebration of her life. Burial will be private.