Marcia Jane Bell's Story
WATSEKA, Ill. - Marcia Jane Bell Dunn of Watseka, Illinois, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Jan. 25, 2017, in Mt. Airy, Maryland.
Marcia was born on Oct. 27, 1932, to Wallace J. Bell and Jane Martin Bell in Watseka, Illinois.
She graduated from Watseka Central (Community) High School continuing on to graduate from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where she majored in English and was active in theater. Marcia worked as a History and English teacher in Hinsdale, Illinois before moving to New Jersey to marry her college beau and raise their three children.
After 45 years in New Jersey, she moved to the idyllic Village of Cooperstown, where she spent the last 15 years, but she was always a Midwestern girl in her heart. She proudly followed in the footsteps of her grandfather and father and served for 25 years on the board of the First Trust and Savings Bank of Watseka, Illinois, with her aunt.
Marcia was a longtime dedicated volunteer for the Auxiliary of Welkind Hospital in Chester, New Jersey. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Marcia also was an active member of the Washington Township Historical Society and volunteer for many years for the Washington Township Public Library while living in Long Valley, New Jersey. She was an avid reader of history and lifelong theater enthusiast. Marcia loved to travel over her entire lifetime abroad and throughout the United States. Marcia brought great joy and devotion to her children, family and friends in whose lives she was so precious.
She is survived by her three children, Debra J. and Aubrey J. Carter of Bedminster, New Jersey, Mark T. Dunn of Northampton, Massachusetts and Suzanne D. and Scott Quackenbush of Mt. Airy, Maryland; three grandchildren, Sierra Dunn, Jane Quackenbush and Anna Quackenbush; and her sister, Joyce Correll of Gilbert, Arizona.
The family plans a service in Watseka, Illinois, in the spring. In lieu of of flowers, Marcia's children suggest donations to any of Marcia's favorite charities, the World Wildlife Fund and The Elephant Sanctuary of Tennessee.
Published on January 31, 2017