Della Maxine Carter Bell, 91, of Marble Falls, Texas, died peacefully Jan. 10, 2018. She was born Oct. 26, 1926, to Della (Vaden) and Raymond A. “Nick” Carter in Big Lake, Texas.
She married James Tavener Bell on Jan. 15, 1945, in Gordon, Texas. She graduated from high school in Gordon, where she was valedictorian of a small class.
She retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1981 after 32½ years of service. She was the postmaster in Llano for six years before retiring.
Most of her married life, she and “Tav” (as known by his family and as James by his Marble Falls friends) lived in Odessa, Texas, where they raised their two daughters. They moved to the Hill Country in late 1975.
Maxine’s family in Gordon were all very dear to her. She had 12 aunts and uncles on her mother’s side, and the gatherings there were precious and many. That provided a great backdrop for the upbringing of her own family. She was a wonderful seamstress and spent many evenings after a full day of work sewing for her daughters. She made a few garments after just seeing them in the store. She was a true example of a selfless, loving, generous, Christian mother who always put her family’s needs ahead of her own.
She and Tav had two daughters: Linda Carol Bell Underwood of Arlington and Paula Elaine Bell Burns of Marble Falls. She would also claim Keith Burns as her favorite son-in-law, no matter that he was her only one!
She was preceded in death by Tav in 2009 after 64½ years of marriage; her first precious grandson, Lance Wayne Underwood; sisters Lucille Case and Mallie Nichols; and brother J.D. Carter.
Besides Linda, Paula, and Keith, she is survived by grandsons Casey and wife Hannah Burns and Kevin and wife Meg Burns; great-grandchildren, Amanda, Jacob, and Steven Underwood, Sophia, Gabriella, Caleb, and Samuel Burns, and Everest Burns; as well as other relatives.
A memorial service is 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at First United Methodist Church, 1101 Bluebonnet Drive in Marble Falls. A graveside service will be held later in Gordon.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Methodist Women at First United Methodist Church of Marble Falls or a church memorial fund or charity of your choice.
The family wishes to thank the exceptional hospice care provided by Stephanie and Lori.
Arrangements by Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home, 1805 U.S. 281 in Marble Falls, (830) 693-4373. Go to clementswilcoxfuneralhome.com to offer condolences.