Elaine Bell

Elaine Bell (Ober)

November 27th, 1928 - January 9th, 2019
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Elaine C. Bell, a resident of Warsaw, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 9:15 p.m. in Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw. Surrounded by those she loved, Elaine was 90 years old at the time of her passing.

Born on November 27, 1928 in Indianapolis, Elaine was the daughter of Arden and Emelia (Horn) Ober. She attended Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis and earned a degree in journalism from Butler University.

Elaine was united in marriage to James R. Bell on May 10, 1947. Together, the pair spent nearly fifty years creating memories. They co-owned Business Equipment Company and lovingly raised a family of four children, all of whom survive. Her husband, James, preceded her in passing on February 16, 1995.

In addition to their family business, Elaine worked as a photo journalist and a features writer for the Times Union. She was also a freelance contributor to many other publications and worked as a wedding photographer. She was President of the Women’s Press Club of Indiana, a longtime volunteer with Cardinal Services and performed with the Cardinal Services hand bell choir, traveling to Washington D.C. She was family oriented and both proud and supportive of her children and grandchildren.

A list of survivors includes three daughters: Cindy (Jerry Opperude) Dobbins of Warsaw, Pam Leek of Winona Lake and Melissa (Scott) Silveus of Warsaw; son, Jamey Bell of Los Angeles, CA; and six grandchildren: JR (Sarah) Dobbins of New Palestine, IN, Misti (Mark) Pendergrass of Los Angeles, CA, Marni Leek of Indianapolis, Josh (Reagan) Silveus of Warsaw, Aaron (Kimm) Silveus of Warsaw and Jake (Jenn) Silveus of Warsaw. Also surviving is her sister, Marilyn Piety of Indianapolis and 13 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, James R. Bell, Sr. those who preceded Elaine in passing include her parents; two sisters, Geraldine Miller and Evelyn Browning; brother, Arden Ober, Jr. and son-in-law, Glen “Jug” Leek.

Friends and family will gather at Titus Funeral Home, 2000 East Sheridan Street, Warsaw, on Sunday, January 13th for visitation from 1 to 4 p.m. A funeral service, officiated by Certified Funeral Celebrant, Sharon Brockhaus, will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Her committal in Warsaw’s Oakwood Cemetery will be private.

Memorial gifts may be given to the Cardinal Services, 504 North Bay Drive, Warsaw, IN 46580 or to the Greater Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s’ Association, 6324 Constitution Dr. Fort Wayne, IN 46804.

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  • Visitation

    January 13th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    January 13th, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Titus Funeral Home
    2000 East Sheridan Street
    Warsaw, IN 46580
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  • Service

    January 14th, 2019 | 11:00am
    January 14th, 2019 11:00am
    Titus Funeral Home
    2000 Sheridan St
    Warsaw, IN 46580
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Sharon Brockhaus
  • Interment

    Oakwood Cemetery
    421 N Maple St
    Warsaw, IN 46580
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Posted at 07:39pm
Melissa, so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for your family. Diane Lancaster

Posted at 10:13am
Melissa -
I am so sorry for your loss, may God provide strength and comfort that only He can provide during this time.
Marsha (Fuson) Estep

Nicole Pelfrey

Posted at 06:01am
Pam & Family sorry for your loss.
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Mary Ann Wallace

Posted at 11:55am
Over my growing up years and early adult life I remember Elaine. She had a fun and interesting demeanor. Sometimes we’d talk about what she was writing. We haven’t lived close by so I’ve missed knowing her family. But knowing Jim & Elaine, their family is awesome!
Mary Ann (Ober) Wallace

Tony Marketti

Posted at 01:08am
You are in our thoughts. Friends from Chicago, Norma, Steve, and Tony.
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