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Sadie Myrtene Bell

December 25, 1934 ~ July 13, 2021 (age 86)


Sadie M. Turner Bell departed this life peacefully on July 13, 2021, in Boyds, Maryland.  Sadie was born on December 25, 1934 to the late Preston D and Mary B Turner.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. William Rudolph Bell, her brothers Harry A., Preston D., Lawrence F., Donald E., and sister’s Betty L. and Minnie J.

Sadie received her religious training at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Boyds, Maryland.   At an early age Sadie accepted Christ as her savior under the pastoral care of the late Rev. Charles Smallwood.  During that time, she was also a member of St. Mark’s choir.  No matter where Sadie lived, she was always a supporter of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.  

Sadie was educated in Montgomery County Public schools.  She attended Clarksburg Elementary school and graduated from Carver High School and later attended Business School.

In her early years Sadie decided to relocate and move to Washington, DC where she found employment at the United States Postal Service in the Claims and Inquiry department, for twenty five years and purchased her first home.  Sadie was very particular about her work and she loved her job.  She loved to share stories about the day to day things at the office and funny conversations between her and her colleagues.  Sadie was recognized multiple times as a valued employee.  During her tenure at the Postal Service, Sadie met and married her late Husband the Rev. William Rudolph Bell of 20 years. 

During her time with her husband in Washington DC, Sadie became very instrumental in helping her husband open his own church and served as the First Lady.  Later she became very involved in working on the Bell Family Reunion committee and continued to do so after they moved to North Carolina.  During her marriage Sadie and her late husband loved to travel to St. Louis to visit his brother and attend Oral Roberts ministries in Tulsa, OK.  Also during her early years she was fortunate enough to visit Japan in 1970. 

Although she never had children, she helped her family in some form or fashion.  After the passing of her stepdaughter, she helped to raise two step granddaughters Sara Bell and Olivia Wray.

After retirement they relocated to Smithfield, North Carolina where they built their home.  During her time after his passing she continued to live there and helped to raise their niece Tierra Sanders until she moved to Maryland.

Sadie was a lover of antique porcelain figurines and she was very conscientious on all her purchases.   It had to be exactly what she was looking for and of course the price would have to be what she was willing to pay or otherwise it stayed in the store.  She enjoyed decorating both of her homes and was good at it.  If you didn’t know, Sadie’s favorite color was pink.  If you ever had a chance to visit you would know what her passion was.  Not only did she love to decorate, but she loved the finer things in life clothing, jewelry, cars as well as working word puzzles, reading the word and singing.  

After moving back to Maryland Sadie attend church whenever she was able too. You could walk pass her bedroom and could hear her singing “To God Be the Glory” and she had a beautiful voice. 

Sadie M. Turner Bell leaves to cherish her memory three stepdaughters Peggy Bryant, Loretta and Jennifer Bell, one stepson Jerrod Bell, two sisters Florence Phillips and Mary Campbell, one brother Douglas Turner, one sister in-law Beverly Turner, one godson Eugene M. Phillips and one goddaughter Dana L. Turner and a host of step grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends, as well as her long time closes friends Barbara Holloway and Areila Means.  Sadie had a special relationship with her devoted niece and nephew Marc and Brenda Cosby whom she lived with for the past seven years.



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Funeral Service
July 31, 2021

11:00 AM
Norbeck Community Church
2631 Norbeck Road
Silver Spring, MD 20906

July 31, 2021

10:00 PM to 11:00 AM
Norbeck Community Church
2631 Norbeck Road
Silver Spring, MD 20906
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