Ernestine "Ernie" (Aragao) Bell, 94, of Swansea died Monday, July 1, 2013 in the Catholic Memorial Home. She was the wife of the late Ernest W. Bell former Swansea Police Chief.
Born in Dartmouth, MA, daughter of the late Antone and Laura (Gracia) Aragao, she graduated from Dartmouth High School and Campbell Business School. She was employed as a sewing machine operator at Crown Fastener and Nancy Dress.
Mrs. Bell was a member of Christ Church in Swansea and ran the Harvest Festivals at the church for many years, with her husband. She was a volunteer at Charlton Memorial Hospital and was the recipient of many awards for all her volunteer hours.
Surviving one son: Kenneth E. Bell of Swansea, one daughter: Sandra Bell Nightingale and her husband James of Swansea, five grandchildren; Dawn Nightingale, Scott Nightingale, Kenneth E. Bell Jr., Mark Bell and Kristen Bell, several great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren. She was grandmother of the late David Nightingale, and sister of the late Elsie Aragao Dollinger and Clotilde G. Banville.
Her funeral will take place on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 9AM at the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME OF MEMORIAL TRIBUTE AT BIRCHCREST, 189 GARDNERS NECK ROAD, SWANSEA, funeral service to follow at 10AM at Christ Episcopal Church, 57 Main St., Swansea. Burial will be in Christ Church Cemetery. Visiting hours are Monday July 8, 4-7PM. In lieu of flowers kindly make memorial contributions to the Ernest W. Bell Animal Shelter, 68 Stevens Rd., Swansea, MA. 02777.