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Charline S. Bell, 85, the widow of the Rev. Colley W. Bell Jr., died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. Born Nov. 10, 1930, in New York City, she was the daughter of the late William and Claire Hazard Stickles. She had resided in Malba, N.Y., and graduated from Smith College in 1952. She married Colley W. Bell Jr., who became an Episcopal priest and worked as a geologist for the United States Geological Survey in Washington, D.C., from 1952 to 1956. In the various churches she attended in her life, including St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Morristown, N.J., St. John's Episcopal Church, Cornwall, N.Y., Bethesda by the Sea, Palm Beach, Fla., and St. John's Episcopal Church in Versailles, she was a member of the Altar Guild. She earned her master's degree from the University of Kentucky and had been a teacher, dean, and provost at Margaret Hall School from 1966 to 1979, a teacher at St John the Baptist, Mendham, N.J., at the Darrow School in New Lebanon, N.Y., and retired to Versailles in 1989. She regularly completed New York Times crossword puzzles for most of her life, was a voracious reader and doer, renovated/transformed a former convent into her family's home, was a gardener, master chef, carpenter, seamstress, plumber and bricklayer. Survivors include a daughter, Catherine DeButts Bell, Versailles; a son, Colley W. Bell III (Edwina), Middleburg, Va.; and a grandson, Colley W. Bell IV. Funeral services were conducted Monday, Oct. 24, at St. John's Episcopal Church by the Rev. Phillip Haug. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to St. John's Episcopal Church, 210 North Main St., Versailles, KY 40383.

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