Edna Bell

Edna Bell

Edna L. (Harrsch) Bell, 84 of Billings, went to be with the Lord, on July 25, 2013 at Autumn Care Home in Billings. Edna was born on February 2, 1929 in Broadus, MT, the daughter of Fred and Amanda (Smith) Harrsch.  Her early schooling was in the home of her aunt Anna Hedges. She later attended school in Broadus, graduating in 1946.   She and a friend from school moved to Billings in 1949 where she went to work at Midland Bank.

On November 26, 1950, Edna married Billy Earl Bell in Miles City.  To this union, three children were born Barbara, Mitchel and Dianna.  The family lived in Billings where Billy was a service manager for Monroe Machines and Edna cared for her family as a homemaker.  She enjoyed housekeeping, cooking, sewing, gardening and taking care of her family.  In her free time she enjoyed her Golf and Bowling Leagues, which she pursued until her body wouldn’t let her anymore.  Edna also took great care of her Avon Customers, which she sold for a number of years.

After her husband Earl passed away in 1982, Edna worked for Treasure State Silver and Gold.  She took many trips around the country with her sister and friends.  Edna was a member of Mayflower Congregational Church, where she also volunteered her time.  She was a wonderful grandmother to her 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Edna was preceded in death by her husband Billy Earl Bell; son Mitchel Bell; sister Marjorie “Mac” Harrsch; brother Lee Harrsch; and her parents.

She is survived by her children Barbara (Craig) O’Rourke of Deer Lodge, MT and Dianna (Dave) LaFurge of Billings; 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; sister Edith Woods of Billings; and brothers Wayne Harrsch of Billings and Gerald (Shirley) Harrsch of Boise, Idaho; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Monday, July 29, 2013, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary.  Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.  The casket will be open for visitation prior to the funeral services.

The family would like to thank Autumn Care Home II, Rocky Mountain Hospice, and Yellowstone River of Care, for their assistance and thoughtful attention to Edna in her last months.

Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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