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Ethel Marie Bell

Nov 30, 2012 - Staff

Ethel Marie Bell, of Arapahoe, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at her home.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Arapaho Catholic Cemetery. A rosary will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, with a wake to follow at her home, 1381 17 Mile Road, Arapahoe.

Ethel Marie LittleWhiteman was born Feb. 11, 1933, in Miles City, Mont., to Stanley and Grace (WalkingBear) LittleWhiteman. She was born to the Whiteman family and later adopted by the Teeth family and raised as one of their own daughters. As a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, she was the Pipe Carrier for both the LittleWhiteman and Teeth families and was the last of her generation of the Whiteman family.

Mrs. Bell grew up in Lamedeer, Mont., and attended Ashland Elementary School and received a certificate from the University of Wyoming in basic nutrition.

She married Vincent Paul Bell on March 1, 1954, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church. Together the couple celebrated 51 years of marriage.

She lived in the Arapahoe area for the past 56 years. She had worked as a teacher's aide in the Arapahoe School and as a grandparent at Great Plains Early Head Start Center.

Mrs. Bell was a member of the Catholic Church and enjoyed doing beadwork.

She is survived by her two sons, Nathan Bell and Anthony Bell; daughter Tina Bell Makeshine; nine grandchildren; sister Josie Whiteman and Winnie Bradey; three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews Leroy Whiteman, Phillip Whiteman Jr., Theodore (Teddy) Whiteman, Ardina Whiteman and Leola Whiteman; and other members of the Teeth and Whiteman families.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Vincent P. Bell on Feb. 20, 2006; brothers Clover Whiteman, Buster Whiteman, Adrian Whiteman, Willis Whiteman, Aaron Whiteman, Phillip Whiteman Sr. and Johnny Whiteman; sisters Mary LittleWhiteman and Rose (Redcherry) Posey.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at www.thedavisfuneralhome.com.

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