PORTLAND – Audrey Helen Bell was born on Sept.19, 1933 to Ellis and Hazel Young in Thomaston, Maine.  She was a graduate of The New England Baptist Hospital, class of 1954.

Audrey spent the length of her professional career as a registered nurse.  While living in Bangor, she worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital on the medical surgical unit.  She, along with her husband and three children, moved to Scarborough in 1980.  She retired from Maine Medical Center after 16 years.  Audrey was, even after her retirement, the definition of a caregiver. She was a reliable, safe, and loving place for many people, and she never hesitated to lend her support.

Audrey and her husband, the late Lawrence Eber Bell, were active members of the First Baptist Church of South Portland. Audrey was a Deaconess, and served on the hospitality committee, organizing fellowship suppers for her fellow church goers. Outside of work and the church, Audrey loved gardening and playing golf. She enjoyed planting in her flower beds, and her garden was always beautifully maintained.  She was a member of the Scarborough Garden Club, where at varying times she served as the club historian, secretary and president.  She enjoyed golfing with her friends at Willowdale Golf Course.

Audrey and Larry loved to travel together.  They traveled around the U.S., frequenting Florida in the winters, and took vacations to Europe as well. She enjoyed their trips to Hawaii and Alaska, where Audrey was impressed by the stunning views.

Audrey liked to bake and hosted countless, lively family dinners. Her family will miss her famous apple pies, her calm presence at the table, and her unexpected and hilarious wit.  They will miss too many things about her to name here.

Audrey is survived by her children, Debora Hernandez of New Jersey, Thomas Bell and his wife Jackie Bell of Portland, and David Bell and his wife Michelle Bell of Scarborough; her siblings, Mildred Melgard of Washington, Maine, Joan Jorgensen of Bothell, Wash., and Allen Young of Indianapolis, Iowa; grandchildren Dr. Michael R. Bell and his wife Amanda Bell of Boxford, Mass., Katy Bell Sargent of Portland, Chaz Hernandez of Plainfield, NJ, and Bradley Bell and his wife Becca Bell of Biddeford; and her great-grandchildren Matilda, Ena, Isaac, Maxwell, Henley and Chiron. They all love her and were loved by her.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 4, 2022 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland followed by a funeral service.  Burial will take place after the service at Highland Memorial Cemetery in South Portland.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.hobbsfuneralhome.com.

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