Bell, Geraldine-Toppy

Geraldine Ray "Toppy" Bell

October 29, 1932 - March 22, 2019

Toppy Bell of Richardson, Texas passed away peacefully on March 22, 2019. She was born in Hanover, Pennsylvania on October 29, 1932 to Joseph and Ruth Gobrecht (nee Stoner).

After graduation from Eichelberger High School, Toppy met and married C. J. “Doc” Bell, and together they raised three sons. The family moved to Richardson in 1961 where she met many dear, lifelong friends when she became an active member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority. Their busy family joined Westshore Methodist Church where Toppy taught preschool to four-year children for fifteen years. In her last years, Arapaho United Methodist Church became her church home.   After “retiring” from teaching, she had a second career as a very successful real estate agent with Shirley Becker Realtors and Ebby Halliday Realtors, earning recognition as a Top Producer.

Toppy will be missed by her many friends and family. Her children are thankful for their loving mother and mother-in-law and her grandchildren continue to be blessed with wonderful memories of lively, sometimes boisterous, but always interesting and enjoyable time spent with her.

Toppy is survived by her sisters, Roberta Lighty and Virginia Heath (Skip); daughter-in-law, Tamara Bell; sons, Dr. Colin Bell (Susan) and Dr. Terry Bell (Dana); grandchildren, Vicki Netzelman (Paul), Melinda Bower (Gray), Adam Bell (Janette), Alex Bell (Kimberly), Emily Seidl (Jordon) , Kevin Bell (Sarah); great grandchildren, Megan Netzelman, Nicholas Netzelman, Sierra Bower, Willow Bower, Brenden Bell, Owen Bell, Laura Bell, Charlie Bell and Jeter Seidl.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, oldest son, Bruce Bell, and youngest son, Randy Bell.

Our family would like to express our grateful thanks and appreciation to the staff of Highland Springs Fountain View who provided Toppy with truly kind and loving care during her four plus years as a resident, and to the VNA Hospice team who offered compassion and experience to her and our family in her final days.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home Chapel, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas. Entombment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen.

Donations may be made to the Parkinson Voice Project, 646 N. Coit Rd. Suite 2250, Richardson, Texas 75080.

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I have had the great honor of knowing "Toppy" since I was a young kid in Richardson Texas living just down the street from she and Doc. It was always amazing to me how we stayed in touch throughout all the years. Then when I got married and Sandra got to know her, they enjoyed laughing and visiting together. I am so sad to hear of her passing. I know we will all miss her incessant smile, cute laugh and warm personality. Texas was the only place on Earth big enough for a heart as big as hers...I guess she needed someplace bigger, the only place bigger.
Daron and Sandra Sneed, March 26, 2019 We were so sorry to hear about Aunt Toppy. She was a special lady. Sending our thoughts and prayers to her family. Tony and Susan Staub, March 25, 2019 So very sorry for the loss of such a wonderful ray of sunshine. She will be missed.
Ed Risner/Michael Chappell , March 25, 2019 I was sad to hear about Toppy's passing. She will be greatly missed by her friends at Arapaho United Methodist Church, Sarah Circle Women's Group and The Tradition at Prestonwood. She was a sweet, caring, wonderful lady. Prayers for the Bell family. Dorothy Arnold, March 25, 2019 It was a pleasure getting to know Toppy and being a part of her life for the past 4 years. She was an amazing woman and will be greatly missed by everyone at Fountain View. Thank you for sharing Toppy with us. Jennifer Fox, Director of Continuing Care Highland Springs, March 24, 2019 A dear sweet person and friend with whom myself and others shared many good times. Bill Walton, March 24, 2019 Doug, Kelly, Jill & Fran are so sorry at the passing of Aunt Toppy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We know she will be missed by all who knew her.
Fran Ackerman, March 24, 2019 We are so sad to hear of Toppy’s passing. She was such a sweet person and will be missed. Prayers for her family during this difficult time. Harold and Debbi Hodges , March 23, 2019