1919 – 2018
Woodstock, CT – Mildred L. Bell, 99, formerly of Woodstock and Webster, MA, died Friday September 21, 2018 in Westview Healthcare Center. She was the wife of the late Rufus H. Bell who died in1976. Born in Southbridge, MA, she was the daughter of the late William and Rozilda (Benoit) LaCroix.
Born in Southbridge, MA, Mildred graduated from Southbridge High School. She was a World War II Coast Guard Veteran serving as a switchboard operator. Mildred went on to work for American Optical retiring in 1980. She enjoyed her retirement, spending much of her time with her grandchildren & several winters in Arizona with her sister, Jeannette. Mildred also loved to sew and was an amateur artist.
Mildred is survived by her four sons, Michael Bell and his wife MaryAnn of Dudley, Jeffrey Bell and his wife Carol of Woodstock, Dana Bell of Framingham, MA, and James Bell and his wife Debbie of Webster; her brother, Ernest LaCroix of Southbridge; her sister, Gladys Carrier of CA; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her siblings, George LaCroix, Claude Arnold, Jeannette (LaCroix) Ladyka, Leona (LaCroix) Gaudette, and Pearle (LaCroix) LaFleche.
Private funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church Street, Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.