Ellen Bell

Ellen Bell passed away peacefully December 18, 2015. Her beloved husband Robert Bell predeceased her 13 years ago. She is survived by her loving sons Steven and Jeffrey, her sister Karen Dabby, sister-in-law Phylis Loeb, and many wonderful nieces and nephews. She was a much loved woman with a lively sense of humor and a generous, warm heart. She was a pioneer in the field of working with autistic children and edited scholarly books on the subject. We will all miss her very much.
Funeral service at the Temple Beth Tikvah, 196 Durham Rd., Madison, CT. Sunday afternoon at 2: pm. The interment will be in the Temple Beth Tikvah section of Beaverbrook Cemetery, Rt. 145, Clinton, CT.

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  1. Susan Reiley said,

    12.19.15 at 3:30 am

    Steven & Jeffrey, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom and her great sense of humor will live on in my heart. I will never forget her flying around the neighborhood with her two gorgeous dogs in the back seat of her convertible and just how much she loved Radar. Ellen was so special.
    Sending strength and love, The Reiley’s – Susan, Radar & Maddie

  2. Leslie rahl said,

    12.19.15 at 2:17 pm

    Dear Jeff and Steve,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss your
    Mom terribly. I have wonderful memories of
    Us all together when you guys were little and I’ll
    Never forget your mothers expression when she found out that Jeff had run into my kitchen and
    Told me that “Kevin was dead” when the the
    Horseshoe on the rope contraption you and Kevin hooked up to our swing set hit Kevin in
    The head. Please share you email addresses so we can stay in touch. I tried an old address I have for you- Jeff, but it bounced back


    Leslie and Andy Rahl

  3. Leslie rahl said,

    12.19.15 at 2:33 pm

    I forgot to mention but Kevin’s girlfriend Lindsey ( Jeff you met her at our pizza party) is going to leave a special message from us in honor of “Mommy Bell” (as Kevin used to call her) in the Wall when she is in Jerusalem next week
    on Birthright.

  4. Esther Horwitz said,

    12.19.15 at 3:36 pm

    Dear Jeff & Steve –
    I am Esther Horwitz, Leslie Rahl’s mother. I am so saddened at your mothers death that I want to tell you that you were fortunate to have had her all these years. Be strong and do your best in her honor. We will see you this summer.

  5. Lesley Macri Colak said,

    12.19.15 at 5:28 pm

    Dearest Steven, Jeff & Karen,
    Words cant express how much I love you and your family. I will never forget Ellen. I am so sorry for your loss! Please know I am always here for you all!
    Love, Lesley

  6. Laura Jarett said,

    12.20.15 at 2:10 pm

    Dear Steven, Jeffrey and Karen, I am so very sorry for your loss. Ellen had such a big heart and a big smile. She loved color so much and brought so much brightness and color to the world. Love, Laura

  7. Nancy Sutherland said,

    12.20.15 at 5:11 pm

    Dear Steven, Jeff, Karen and family,
    Today we are across the world from you yet feel a strong closeness to you. We wish we could reach out to you right now and give you a hug.
    Ellen loved you, Steve and Jeff, above all. So many of our memories of Ellen are also ones of celebration with you as you passed through the years. Yet the most touching memories are small moments with you and with Ellen, passing almost unnoticeably, but that have left lifetime impressions. We are sorry that your Mom has passed so early in your lives. We wish you the courage to move forward tomorrow and the next day and the next and we pray that one day the hole in your heart will grow a bit smaller and you will begin to mend from the heartbreak of her loss.
    Love, Nan and John, Michael and Laura

  8. Adrienne Hutt said,

    12.21.15 at 3:09 am

    Dear Jeff and Steven,

    Your mom and I became friends a longtime ago. We were both from Brooklyn,NY, and felt like friends from the start.
    We shared a lot through the years.. Even came to Vt.
    Mostly though, we sang in the choir together. That was a special group and truly we felt like family towards one another.
    Please always know that you can reach me and talk to me. Even though I am in Fl now, I am always there by phone which I will message to you on FB, in case you do not have it.
    Your both were special to your Mom and loved you so very much, wanted you to be happy with yourselves and with your lives.
    Keep her love warmly inside of you,

  9. Nancy and Jon Leckerling said,

    12.21.15 at 3:41 am

    Dear Jeffrey, Steven and Karen and Ellen’s extended family,
    We are so sorry for the huge loss of your beautiful mother, Jeffrey and Steven, and your dear sister, Karen. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Our hearts break with yours that Elley died so young. We hope that the memories you have of good times spent with Ellen and the love and prayers of family and friends comfort you now. And may the faith knowledge that nothing, not even death, can separate us from God’s love give you peace.
    Ellen was a one-of-a-kind person and the best friend anyone could want. She was charming, funny, kind, intelligent, generous, caring, creative, energetic, and loved life! You, Steven and Jeffrey, were the apples of her eye and her love and care for you was boundless.
    She is physically gone, but you will carry her spirit with you always. In her wisdom, your mom and dad had two sons so when they passed, you wouldn’t have to remember them by yourself. You have each other and the best gift you could give your mom and dad now is to hold on tight to each other and “be there” for each other.
    We are not far away so feel free to call on us when you need a sounding board. We pray that God gives you strength, courage hope and peace as you publicly and privately remember Ellen in the days and weeks ahead.
    When we baby boomers talked abou downsizing from our homes, your mom said she never would downsize. She always said, “They”lll have to carry me out of here.” Thank you for facilitating things at the end to be the way SHE wanted them. We will never forget her
    and are glad that if she can no longer be with all of us that she has been welcomed into the arms of her beloved Bob. Sending you much love!

  10. Ethel Anne Chorney said,

    12.21.15 at 9:24 am

    Dear Steven, Jeffery, Karen, and family and friends; Ellen was a life member of Shoreline Hadassah. She generously supported us in contributions and opened her home for meetings. As president of our chapter, I am collecting donations for a memorial in Ellen’s name. Contributions can be sent to me at my home address made out to Shoreline Hadassah. My address is: 179 Bartlett Drive, Madison, CT 06443

  11. Nancy Leckerling said,

    02.12.16 at 5:08 pm

    Dear Jeffrey and Steven,
    I am remembering your dear mother and your dad today on this, their anniversary, February 12, and missing them both so much. Peace and prayers to you. xo,

  12. Lucy Elias said,

    02.12.16 at 10:25 pm

    Steven and Jeffrey… I just read of your Mom’s passing and wanted to
    reach out though it had been awhile since I saw her and many years since
    you, Steven, and my daughter Julie were at Island Ave together and you,
    Jeffrey,played baseball with my son Ben. I am thinking for you both.
    Lucy Elias