Sumiko Bell, 74, died April 25, 2006, at SunBridge of Nampa, Idaho, with family by her side.
Sumiko was born on March 18, 1932, at Nagoya, Japan. She grew up in Japan and in 1954 met Lewis Edwin Bell while he was stationed in Japan. They fell in love and later married in 1958 in Japan.
Lewis and Sumiko moved back to Mountain Home, Idaho, Air Force base. They had two daughters and one son.
After retiring from the service in 1974, the family moved to Baker City, where Sumiko lived until 2002 when she moved to Nampa to be near family and medical services.
Sumiko enjoyed her garden. She had a great green thumb and could grow anything from fruits and vegetables to flowers and plants. She also was a gifted quilter and the kids will forever cherish her quilts they have.
Sumiko was preceded in death by her husband, “Lew,” who died on Dec. 22, 1995; a daughter, Linda Sue Bell, who died in 1976; her parents; and a sister, Sakae Futamura.
Survivors include her twin children, Barbara Bell of Fresno, Calif., and Bobby Bell of Nampa, Idaho; three grandchildren, Charles Lee Williams, Markus Edwin Bell and Brianna Bell; two twin great-grandchildren, Alyssa Williams & Tyler Lee Williams; sister, Shizue Watabe; two brothers, Toshio Mizuno and Toyogi Mizuno; and other distant family and friends.
Arrangements are under the direction of Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel, 404 10th Ave. S., Nampa, Idaho 83651. More information is available by calling 208/466-3545 or by visiting this Web site: www.alsipfuneralchapel.com.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 28, 2006
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor