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‘Mother Bell’ honored by DCO

February 12, 2013

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Diversified Community Outreach (DCO) presented a plaque on Feb. 12 to Cassandra Johnson of Sedalia, in honor of her late mother Ella Gertrude Bell, a founding member of DCO.

The plaque was presented to her by Rev. W.T. Morris and Mr. James Graves, DCO vice president.

Bell served as vice president of the organization, which meets monthly at True Vine Church of God in Christ, 600 N. Moniteau, formerly known as Jones Holy Temple COGIC under the leadership of Elder Bolden Jones.

According to her daughter, Bell raised all five of her children in the church, “attending Monday through Friday and three times on Sunday.”

“Mother Bell,” who died last year at the age of 90, worked in Sunday School, led the Bible Band, sang in the choir and served as president of the District Mothers Board,  just to list some of her activities with the church and DCO.

“A woman of wisdom, not talking much, but when she did was sound doctrine and encouraging words. As for her church ethics, she was always there to unlock the doors of the fellowship hall for services. It’s been said she had a rare and unforgettable character, that of pleasantness,” Johnson wrote. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.

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