Dorothy M. Bell

LOVELL — Dorothy “Dot” M. Bell, 90, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2011, at the Birchwoods at Canco Assisted Living Community in Portland.

She was born in Standish on Dec. 10, 1920, to Myrtle Record and Fred Harrington. Dot was one of 10 children. Dot was blessed with one child, Linwood E. Bell. She married the one and only love of her life, Edward “Cappy” G. Bell, on Jan. 15, 1944, in Hiram. Dot and Cappy owned and operated the Lovell General Store from 1962-1974. They were married for 30 years when Cappy unexpectedly passed away in June 1974. Dot then went into social services and worked 13 years for the Oxford County Community Services organization. She attended the Methodist Church in West Baldwin.

Dot was well known to love games. There were many, many evenings filled with family playing Yahtzee or dominos. Dot was more than willing to stay up to the wee hours of the morning if someone wanted to keep playing. She was also an amazing cook. To her son and his wife, Jill, she was referred to as the “World’s Greatest Cook.” The family will always remember their favorite meals she would make for them. Dot was an avid wrestling fan. You could find her faithfully glued to the TV every Monday and Friday night. Other nights, she would enjoy viewing her extensive collection of wrestling DVDs. She passed this on to her grandson, Lance, and all three great-grandchildren. She could talk at length to them about every match. Her favorite wrestlers were Hulk Hogan and Hacksaw Jim Duggan. She was an avid reader and enjoyed all kinds of puzzle books.

Dot is survived by her son, Linwood E. Bell of Falmouth; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Ralph Johnston, Jr.; and a sister Florence Benvie.

Dot was predeceased by her husband and four sisters, Bernice, Eva, Helen and Marjorie, and three brothers, Kenneth, Wilbur and Charlie.

There will be a graveside service at #4 Cemetery, Lovell, May 5, 2011, at 1 p.m. Arrangements are made with Wood Funeral Home, Fryeburg. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dot’s memory may be made to: Delta Lodge #153, 920 Lovell Road, Lovell, ME 04051 or The VNA Home Health & Hospice, 50 Foden Road, South Portland, ME 04106.

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