Sara Frances Bell

Born in Bethpage, TN on November 13, 1933

Departed on March 9, 2017 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Sara Frances Norris Bell, 83, of Hendersonville, TN, passed away March 9, 2017. Frances was born in Bethpage, Tennessee, November 13, 1933. As a military wife, Frances had the opportunity to travel and see the world. She and her loving husband of 52 years, Ernest W. Bell, raised two children together. Frances was a loving mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She enjoyed not only her immediate family, but her brothers, sisters, and her many nieces and nephews. In addition, she loved her many cats and dogs that she had through the years. Frances was also an avid writer and researcher. She studied her genealogy, became a DAR, a member of the First Families of Tennessee, and was writing a novel on her great, great, grandmother, Seraphina, who was alive during the settlement of the Upper Cumberland. She also enjoyed the Pageant Circuit and became the Tennessee Director of the Mother/Daughter Pageant. Frances loved the Lord. She was brought up in the church and was saved at a young age. During the past 20 years, she was a member of Victory Missionary Baptist Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir. France is survived by her two children, E. Keith Bell (Regina), and Lesa Burke (Chris).
A Life Celebration service will be held in the Chapel of Hendersonville Funeral Home at 2pm on Monday, March 13, 2017. Visitation will be held at Hendersonville Funeral Home from 4pm-8pm on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Prior to the service Visitation will be held from 11am until the hour of service. Interment will be held in the Hendersonville Memory Gardens.

Hendersonville Memory Gardens, Funeral Home, & Cremation Center, 353 E Main Street Hendersonville, TN 37075 (615) 824-3855,

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17 Comments to Mrs. Sara Frances Bell

  1. Bob and Rebecca Vanderpool
    March 10, 2017 6:14 pm

    Mrs Frances was such a sweet and caring Christian lady. She loved Victory Church in Hendersonville .She truly enjoyed singing in the choir.Thank God for her sweet spirit.

  2. Norma Choate
    March 10, 2017 6:38 pm

    Oh, Keith and Jenna, Lesa and husband I am so very sorry about the loss of your mother. I loved Frances so very much She has been on my mind for a couple days now. I have been in bed almost continually since I had my surgery on my left knee. God bless the family of this amazing, beautiful, Christian woman. She had the voice of an angel and the heart of a saint. I will surely miss her until I see her in Heaven soon. God bless you our friends. Norma and Mac Choate

  3. Steve Turman
    March 10, 2017 10:10 pm

    Lesa, so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a wonderful Christian who was a great friend to a little kid many years ago.

  4. Liz Hagan
    March 11, 2017 4:21 pm

    Sara Frances Bell was truly a friend to all of us who needed her. She dedicated her life to God and anyone who would listen to her talk about Christ, she would be all over that in a New York second. She loved me and took me into a cherished relationship with her ,when I got saved at Hendersonville Missionary Baptist Church. We were blessed to be together again at Victory for 10 years. Frances Bell and Sister Carol Carver taught all the young girls, and me how to be a real witness for Jesus, how to love, dress, act, and to be the most important thing you can ever be, “Sold out to God nothing less.”. Im sure, She was a winner of many souls. Im sure she had many jewels in her crown for that, and I’m sure she laid that Crown at Jesus feet. Jus think she is there now. We laughed together, traveled together, had so mush fun just being around Sara Frances. She loved her family, all of them and loved her Mother so much for taking her to church. She was a “country girl”, a “city girl” a fun-loving awe-inspiring, yes “worthy of admiration and respect; amazing friend to me. As I cannot see how to type I will bid you Sara Frances,
    this Farewell until we will meet soon. I love you.

  5. Earl Brewington
    March 11, 2017 8:32 pm

    Keith, Gina, Lesa, Chris.
    Thoughts & prayers are expressed on your behalf during this time .
    May the peace of God ; which passeth all understanding rest in your
    hearts & minds now & forever.

  6. JoAnn Salaz
    March 13, 2017 10:36 am

    It’s so hard to say goodby to such a beautiful, kind, loving soul. We have such wonderful memories of the time we all spent together when we were much younger. We have always loved Frances for loving Wilford the Bell family. We are saddened that we are not able to be with you all today, but I am so happy I made the trip back for a visit last summer. We love you all and will have you in our thoughts and prayers today and always. God Bless.

    JoAnn, Sandi, Marian (Dale) and Bobby Bell in California

  7. Christe Russell Endsley
    March 13, 2017 5:55 pm

    So very sorry for you loss! She was a beautiful lady!

  8. Tonya Gregory
    March 15, 2017 1:44 pm

    I was so sorry to hear of Sister Frances passing away. She was a lady I looked up to from a small child. I remember when I would come over her house to practice singing with her and Lesa and Sister Brown. I know I was bashful and shy, but she always pushed me to do it. We were all doing it for the Lord. She was a sweet and classy lady. I will miss her. I loved her and love her family. Tonya and David Gregory

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