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Obituary for Elizabeth Ann Bell (Perrie)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Bell, 79, of Warsaw. Elizabeth passed away peacefully after a brave battle with cancer on Saturday, November 18, 2023. She was born outside of Baltimore, Maryland on August 4, 1944, to the late Edward Fletcher Perrie and the late Eleanor Josephine Ruth Gordon Perrie, and had made her home on the Northern Neck since she moved here at the age of 19. She was the widow of James William Bell, Sr. Elizabeth was also a faithful member of Warsaw Church of God.

Elizabeth loved her family above all else. She was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker who enjoyed feeding everyone. A talented gardener, Elizabeth canned and preserved what she grew, made cabbage, homemade sausage, and never missed making a big Sunday dinner. If you sat down at her table, you stood up full and happy. She loved music - especially bluegrass, country and gospel; and despite being an excellent cook she was not above enjoying lunch from McDonald’s with her friends from church and her great-grandkids. The apple of her eye was her grandson William Jr. and she doted on him until he started his own family. Elizabeth adored William and Hannah’s eight children and somehow managed to spend individual, quality time with each of them. When Angie’s kids and grands entered the fold, she extended the same warm loving care to them.

Elizabeth was a devout Christian and lived her life that way every single day. She was a truly loving person, and we are all the better for having her as our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Left to cherish Elizabeth’s memory are her loving children: sons William L. Lewis, Sr. (Angie) and Jamie W. Bell, Jr. and daughter Loretta Lynn Bell; her grandson William L. Lewis, Jr. (Hannah); her bonus grandchildren: Brianna Balderson (Nick), Blake Balderson, Brett Balderson (Brittany), Maria Lewis, Cassie Jenkins, and Blake Jenkins; her great-grandchildren: Lauren, Rosalyn, Amanda, Julianna, Valeria, Adam, Omar, and William “Rocky” III; her bonus great-grandchildren: Gracelynn, Camden and Brody; her siblings: James Perrie, Mack Perrie (Pat), Eleanor Compton (Harley), and Frances; and many loving nieces and nephews. Elizabeth was predeceased by her parents; her husband; and her brother Charles E. Perrie.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 24, 2023, at the Welch Funeral Home Marks Chapel, with the Reverend Steve Taylor officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service and Elizabeth will be buried beside James in the family plot at Totuskey Baptist Church immediately following her service.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the American Cancer Society to honor Elizabeth’s fight against cancer. Please donate at