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News June 25, 2013  RSS feed

Happy 70th birthday Dorothy Bell!

Photo and story by
Melissa Missildine


Dorothy Bell Dorothy Bell Oakwood's Dorothy Bell celebrated her 70th birthday amongst her friends and family at her church home, Oakwood Church of Christ, on Sunday afternoon. It began with a time of greeting with lots of hugs before it was time to get down to a little business.

Dorothy's son, Cecil Bell, Jr., State Representative of District 3, presented her with an copy of a Resolution stamped with the official State of Texas seal that stated, "WHEREAS, A remarkable woman and a public servant of uncommon dedication, Dorothy Bell has earned the respect and admiration of all who know her, and she may indeed reflect with pride on her wide-ranging accomplishments as she celebrates seven decades of life well lived; Now, therefore be it RESOLVED, that Dorothy Louise Whiteman Bell be congratulated on her 70th birthday and that she be extended sincere best wishes for continued happiness." The Texas State Flag flown over the Capital on Sunday, June 23, 2013, was in honor of Ms. Bell.

The Resolution went into detail about Ms. Bell's remarkable life as a daughter, sister, wife, grandmother, great-grandmother, business owner, public servant, and active church member. Her notable public service included more than two decades locally, eleven as Mayor of Oakwood and seven as Mayor Pro Tempore. (She is currently a City Councilwoman.) It also spoke of her five year tenure on the Brazos Valley Council of Governments, which she was appointed to in 2000 by then-Govenor, George W. Bush.

The party continued with a moving slide show presentation of Ms. Bell's life followed by birthday cake, punch, and everyone's favorite stories of Ms. Bell... or Ms. Dorothy, or Dorothy, or Dot, or Mama, or Nonnie.


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