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Gwendolyn D. Bell


Sunrise: July 1, 1942

Sunset: March 20, 2020

Gwendolyn D. Bell, 77, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, March 20, 2020. She was born on July 1, 1942 in Norfolk, VA to the late Eddie Lee Jones and Phyllis Marie Barnes. Gwen was the eldest of four children and was an alumnus of Booker T. Washington High School.

She was baptized at a young age and was raised as a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Norfolk, VA. After high school she married Joseph Vernon Moore and prior to his untimely death had two sons, Quentin Moore and Barry Moore. She later married Mr. Harold D. Bell and remained a devoted wife until he passed away in 2008. During her life she worked for Norfolk Public Schools, Holiday Inn, Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek and Sentara Nursing Center. Gwen, as she was affectionately known, was socially active and had a passion for community service and helping others. She was a former Queen Mother of her local Red Hat Society chapter and a former member of the Duval Social and Savings Club. She always found herself at Southside Senior Center as well as Young Terrace Senior Center where she was a former President of the Young Terrace Senior Club.

She was also a member and volunteer of Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia and lended a hand in many other activities throughout the City of Norfolk. Gwen also served as former President of the Bobbitt Midrise Resident Committee where she resided for over 20 years. In addition, she loved crocheting, word puzzles and jewelry making.

She leaves to cherish her memories two sons, Quentin Moore (Lakesha) of Atlanta, GA and Barry Moore of Capitol Heights, MD; three siblings, John Jones (Adja) of The Colony, TX, Betty Jones of Norfolk, VA, Angela Rowell (Delbert) of Portsmouth, VA and a host of beloved nephews, nieces, cousins, other loving relatives and special friends.

Viewing Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service Thursday, March 26, 2020 10:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Granby Chapel Interment Albert G. Horton Veteran's Cemetery 5310 Milners Road Suffolk, VA 23434

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    Deacon Terry Jefferson says

    Family,
    My heart goes out to you all. I’m praying an will continue to pray God heals all your hurt and dries every tear
    Miss Gwen watched me grow from boy to man .I thank God for all her support she will truly be missed.
    Deacon Terry Jefferson

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    Jerry Jefferson says

    From Jerry Jefferson I am praying for the family and she will missed by all that knew her

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    MISSY. REGINA FAITH WILLIAMS says

    I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. SHE WAS A VERY NICR PERSON. SHR WILL TRULY BE MISSED.BY ALL OF US. SHE IS RESTING NOW. WE ARE PRAYING FOR THE FAMILY. MAY GOD COMFORT YOU ALL THREW THESE SAD TIMES. WE LOVE YOU. ????????????????????????????????????????

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      DEBRA PEACE says

      I”M SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS

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    Novella Johnson says

    I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. YOU ALL ARE IN OUR PRAYERS. NE BLESS.

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      Deborah Glover says

      Sorry for your loss of your beloved mother and wishing you all comfort

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    Ms. Billie Bradley says

    Love , Love,
    this young Lady.
    My big little Sister. Rest on my sister, Tell Chair I made out okay. Say hi to Harry Bell.

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      Tine Jefferson says

      Friends like you come once in a lifetime, I’m so glad I had a friend in you. You will be missed.

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    Nevada Moulds says

    On behalf of the Reid family we are so sorry for your loss may we assure you and your family that we’re praying for healing and comfort . ✝️ Nevada,Maxine and Sal Reid

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    Marva Davis says

    No one can really understand how deeply your loss is felt i am sending love in place of words and prayers for God to give you all that your heart needs at this time so sorry for your loss .Much love Marva Davis, Kevin & Keith Ridley & family.

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    Adrienne says

    My sincere condolences in the loss of your mother. Know that I am praying for your strength and peace during this time. Sending lots of light and love.

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    Gwen Eaton Dozier says

    To The Family, I pretty much have been knowing Miss Gwen Bell all of my life. Your mother and my oldest sister Harriett Harris have been good friends forever.. You all have my deepest sympathy. Just remember to be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord. May God grant you all peace during this time. Be Blessed Family.

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    DeLisa J says

    May you find peace and comfort in your alone times; and her memories continue to fill your heart.

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    Barbara Eaton Alston says

    I send my condolences to the family. Your be blessed

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    Levonia (Arrington) Hamilton..( Bridgeport, Conn. ) says

    March 24, 2020..
    To Barry, Quentin and family…I am so – so sorry for your loss. Over 60 years of friendship and she was always the same…my friend “Gwendolyn”. May all the many, many, warm and precious memories, that are tucked away in the corners of your heart, may they bring much comfort and even some laughter now and in the days to come. May the blessings of God be upon each of you… with sympathy and love…

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    Barbara Dalton says

    March 25, 2020
    To the family of Ms. Gwen Bell,
    A Loved one lives forever in the hearts of those who cared.
    A Loved one lives forever in the memories that were shared.
    She will always be missed and remembered in our hearts.
    Ms Gwen was an active member of the Young Terrace & Southside Senior centers. She participated in various activities at the two centers, where she was the president of the Young Terrace Senior Club & member of the Southside Senior Club, Ms. Gwen volunteered and participated in the Norfolk Senior Olympics for several years. She was a member and volunteer of Senior Services of Southeastern VA., and other city wide activities through out the City of Norfolk. To know her was to love her, she lived and enjoyed life to the fullest.
    May God continue to bless her family and friends. With deepest sympathy, the seniors, staff at Southside and Barbara Dalton, Retired Supervisor at the Southside Senior Center.

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    Cathy Calvert says

    I’m sorry for your loss.. Gwen will truly be missed . Rest in peace my dear friend .Love you Gwen …

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    Carolyn Eaton Slade says

    I have been knowing Gwen Bell since the sixties. We started the Red Hatters from March 2006 through December 2016. My relationship with her was remarkable. I learned a lot from her. I wish peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

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      Emma P Eaton says

      To Quentin and Barry; my heart is heavy today as you lay a loving mother and my friend to rest. Know that I wanted to be with you both, I was at the gravesite in distance. Hope you know you have my deepest sympathy and praying for you and your family.i will try to reach out to you both at a later date. She will ne missed by many and especially me and our travel to NJ. LOVE you both.

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    Angela Sumner says

    My condolences to Ms. Gwen’s family. Ms.Gwen and my mom, Cora Lee Norman were close friends. My mom back in the day would travel with Ms.Gwen and Ms.Betty to visit her son Quentin. They can now rejoice in heaven togather. With sympathy and love! Angela Norman Sumner

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    Nevada Moulds says

    On behalf of Sherry Reid aka City she wants you to know that she’s so sorry for the passing of your mom also she will forever remember the Lafayette Shores days with your mom Ms Betty and her mom .????????City sending her love .

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    Harriett Harris says

    Gwen, we have been the Dynamic Duo for 65 years. You have been a constant in my life and I will miss you tremendously! I thank God he blessed me with a best friend like you. You raised two wonderful boys who gave you your flowers while you were here. My condolences to your family. Rest well my friend and one day we will meet again.

    Lovingly submitted by your BFF….

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    Barbara Hubb Gamble says

    To Betty and the Bell Family, even at this difficult time, you are not alone. Those who care for you hold you close in heart and wish you peace.My sincere sympathy.

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    Shantori Palmer says

    Quentin, Kesha and Barry, I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. May Ms. Gwen Rest In Paradise.

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    Chrystal Wilson says

    To the family of GWEN BELL I sorry I didn’t attend her home coming do to my mother being sick. I’m really going to miss her I met her when I used to take care of her grandmother from day one she was always a good friend things are not going to be the same for not seeing her smile face picking with each other but God call on her to come home.to the family stay strong love each other.I miss her too.May God bless the family ????
    Lena and Chrystal Wilson

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    Shantarius W says

    To the family. I give my condolences. May God be with you every step of the way.

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    Lakeesha Harris says

    It would be remiss if I did not send my condolences to the family. This is a true loss for my family. Mama Bell has always been a part of my life. She would come to New Jersey often and sit on the front porch and was ready to ride with me wherever i went! She called me her “Daughter” which always put a smile on my face. Her friendship with my mother, Harriett Harris, was amazing. They were the epitome of “Best friends!” Quint and Barry, you did a spectacular job of caring for your mother and she was forever blessed to have you. Your family will continue to be in my prayers, today, tomorrow and always.

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    Emma Simmons says

    R. I. P. MOTHER I WILL MISS YOU FOREVER.

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    Emma P Eaton says

    To Quentin and Barry; my heart is heavy today as you lay a loving mother and my friend to rest. Know that I wanted to be with you both, I was at the gravesite in distance. Hope you know you have my deepest sympathy and praying for you and your family.i will try to reach out to you both at a later date. She will ne missed by many and especially me and our travel to NJ. LOVE you both.

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    Milton E Brown jr. And families says

    Sorry for your loss. Ms Gwen was a lovely lady and a dear to my mother.

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    Milton E Brown jr. And families says

    Sorry for your loss. Ms Gwen was a lovely lady and a dear to my mother.

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