October 7, 1915 ~ October 25, 2006
Julia Evelyn Bell (Hendricks), beloved mother, died on October 25, peacefully in her sleep, at age 91. She is survived by her children, July Bell, Redondo Beach CA, Carol Netz, Rocklin, CA, Michael B. Bell, La Canada-Flintridge, CA, and Kathleen Bryan, Kailua, HI, 9 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, her second husband, Jack Hendricks, and his extended family. Evelyn was born 10-07-1915 in Milan, MO to America Isabella Paine Pyle and Lindsey T. Pyle. Evelyn was married to Walter B. Bell (deceased 1987) for 54 years. During World War II she was a "Rosie the Riveter" and also served as an Aerospace security guard replete with gun. Evelyn lived in Inglewood for 27 years where she was a civic leader and consummate volunteer, then lived in Torrance for her last 41 years.
She initiated the "Inglewood Beautiful" program which saw hundreds of trees planted along parking strips of residential neighborhoods to create the tree lined streets she fondly remembered from her childhood. She conceived of and brought to fruition Child Guidance Clinics in the schools where children with troubled home lives could receive counseling. She was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, and a member of her local, district and state PTA organizations where she filled most of the officer positions during her 50 years of service. In the late 1970s her local PTA honored her with a "This is Your Life" ceremony and her volunteer activities featured there filled both sides of a single spaced sheet of paper.
Evelyn and Walter were founders of the Morningside Park United Church of Christ, raised the funds to purchase a church bell that could be heard throughout the neighborhood and donated two stained glass windows. Evelyn was a member of the Eastern Star and Pilgrim Shrine for some 50 years, sang with the A Cappella Madrigals and was a member of the Las Vecinas Women's Club. She worked as an adjudicator for the State Department of Employment for 10 years.
Evelyn married Jack Hendricks in 1989 and was living with him at the Huntington Retirement Hotel at the time of her death.
In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to one of the following: Milestone Hospice, 1500 Crenshaw Blvd. Torrance, Ca 90501 or your local Boy/Girl Scout Troops.
Celebration of Life Ceremony and Reception to be held Saturday November 18, 2006 at 11:00 at Rice Mortuary 5310 Torrance Blvd. Torrance , CA 90503 (310) 792-7599.
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