Dorothy Bell

Obituary of Dorothy Borneman Bell

In the early morning hours of Friday February 22nd, Dorothy Borneman Bell went to be with the Lord. She was 93.

Dorothy was born in Watertown, NY and grew up in Syracuse. Dorothy often told stories of growing up in the Depression, supporting troops during WW2, and camping with the Girl Scouts. She graduated from Syracuse University in 1947 where she was an active member of Alpha Zi Delta sorority. Following college, she went to work for the Girl Scouts serving as the Executive Director in Hazelton, PA and later in Rochester, NY. In 1955, she married Clyde Bell, a guidance counselor in Doylestown, PA. They proved to be a dynamic couple for more than six decades. In 1963, their family of five moved to Penfield NY. Dorothy was an integral member of the Daughters of the American Revolution serving as the Regent of the Penfield chapter, the NY State Corresponding Secretary, District 7 director, and director for the NY Officers club at West Point Military Academy. She loved history, shared the ideals of democracy, demonstrated her faith in salvation through Jesus Christ, and encouraged others to embrace life with optimism. She was engaged with the Association for Teenage Diplomats hosting many International Exchange students. She mentored her “sisters” at the local Alpha Zi Delta chapter. She served for many years as a marshal for the Ladies Professional Golf Association. She loved photography and chronicled decades of life on Kodachrome. Dorothy served on the board of the United Methodist church and had a close circle of friends. During the 1970s, Dorothy went to work for the Transportation department at the Board of Cooperative Education Services in Fairport. Her love of the outdoors lead to engagements with Parks and Recreation, directing summer camp, and many tailgate picnics. Dorothy and Clyde demonstrated commitment to each other celebrating their 63rd wedding anniversary last Fall.

Dorothy is survived by her husband Clyde, son Dr Peter (Irene), daughter Wendy (Joseph) Stutz, and daughter Debby (Doug) Nelson. Dorothy had 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday June 15th , 2pm at the South Perinton United Methodist Church 291 Wilkinson Road, Fairport, NY 14450. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:  The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Schools c/o Mary Fellows Penfield Chapter 501 Plank Rd. Webster NY 14580


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Memorial Service

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Saturday, June 15, 2019
South Perinton United Methodist Church
501 Plank Rd.
Fairport, New York, United States
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