It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that Jolan Bell, Mom to us kids and Jo to all her friends, passed away on Wednesday, February 2, 2022.

Visitation is scheduled for Saturday, February 19, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 2:00 p.m. at Shirley Brothers Washington Memorial Chapel, 5377 E. Washington St. in Irvington.

Jo had struggled in recent years with a variety of physical conditions and just 2 weeks ago we admitted her to Community East Hospital, where she spent 2 weeks attempting to recover.  

She requested that we kids bring her home on Tue. Feb 1st so that she could be in the comfort of her own home, so that given her worsening condition, she could pass quickly and join her parents and husband Bob.  We all prayed and God answered Jo’s prayers early Wednesday morning.

Jo was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Robert E. Bell. Jo is survived by her older sister, Jane McMullen, and her children, Jeff Bell (Carol), Steve Bell, Scott Bell, Tammy Quinn (Jim); and by her 4 grandchildren, Cassidy Quinn, Jackie Quinn, Jessica Quinn and Megan Bell.

Jo Bell
(Jolan Kay Goken)

Jane McMullen
(Jane Rae Goken)

Howe Reunion Committee

1st Row: Marsha Strader, Jo Bell, Carol Gainey, Judy Strange, Barbara Cooper

2nd Row: Rosie Black, Sandy Burck, Kitty Stewart, Barbara Campbell, Barb Grubbs,
Ellen Leffler

3rd Row: Larry Black, Jim Burck, Dave Stewart, Don Hardamon, Phil Strader, Charlie Campbell, Dick Patterson

In the next 2 weeks before Jo’s service, we will continue to add and post old & more recent pictures of Jo & Bob as we find them.

If you happen to have any pictures of Jo you’d like to have posted on this website, feel free to electronically send them to me / Jeff via text or email at:

Thank you!

Jeff, Steve & Scott Bell and Tammy Quinn

PS. If you are unable to attend Jo’s service on Saturday, February 19, we plan on recording via photos and maybe video, as much as we can and will post it here on her website afterwards.

Click here or below on Jos picture to view her obituary on Shirley Brothers.

Jolan (Goken) Bell - seated bottom left
Ginny McClellan - seated 2nd from right
Jo’s sister Jane (Goken) McMullen - standing right

The following pictures were from Sue West and per Sue are photos from the HOWE High School 1956 reunion committee and lunch bunch!

The previous pictures were from Sue West and per Sue are photos from the HOWE High School 1956 reunion committee and lunch bunch!

The following pictures provided by Jane McMullen (Jo’s sister) & Jamie Haertle (Jane’s grand-daughter).