Marilyn A. (Poland) Bell

Marilyn Albina (Poland) Bell, 68, of Jamestown, Rhode Island died peacefully at home on June 9, 2021 surrounded by her loving family. She was the daughter of the late George and the late Albina (LeBoeuf) Poland of East Providence.

She is survived by her husband Peter Bell of Jamestown, and her daughters Lynn Bell and Alayna Bell of Ashland, NH, and Martha (Bell) Labrecque, and her husband, Kevin of Holbrook, MA, her loving grandson, Douglas, and her many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was the sister of Margaret (Poland) Marcotte of East Providence, and the late Peter Poland of East Providence.

She was a proud alumnus of Bay View Academy in East Providence, class of 1970, and Johnson and Wales Business School, class of 1972, member of Epsilon Phi Delta Sorority. She was an active member in the Jamestown community as a Girl Scout troop leader, CCD teacher at St. Mark Church, volunteer at the Jamestown Philomenian Library, Jamestown Public Schools, and the Jamestown Junior Women’s Club. She was a member of the South County Mother of Twins club.

She was a life-long knitter, and shared her love for it with everyone she cared about. She also enjoyed line dancing, ballroom dancing, feeding the birds at Beavertail, and traveling all around the country with her husband. Her favorite times were spent with her family and friends. She will be remembered for her caring nature, wonderful smile and infectious laughter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM in St. Martha’s Church, Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Monday from 5-8 in the PERRY-McSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations are sent to The National Alliance of Mental Illness.


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Kathryn Symons from warwick wrote on June 16, 2021 at 7:32 am
Dear Alayna, Martha and Lynn, Thinking of you and your family, I remember you guys from the island. Thinking of you.
Jean McMahon from Coventry wrote on June 14, 2021 at 8:41 am
I met Marilyn several years ago at the Mishnock Barn. It always amazed me how she knew practically every single dance & never missed a step. And she always danced with a smile. I am sorry I am unable to make her calling hours, but know that I will be thinking of y'all. Nice photo, & this is how I will remember her. R.I.P. Marilyn Hugs to her family. Love, Jean & Jim xo
Janet D'Ambra from Johnston wrote on June 13, 2021 at 11:27 am
My dearest sympathies to Marilyn’s family. She was a woman who cared about others and love to be around people. She will Be missed by all. 😞
Debbie Murphy from North Kingstown wrote on June 13, 2021 at 9:36 am
My deepest condolences go to your family. I remember your mom helping out in first grade always with a smile and positive thoughts. Remember and cherish all the special times together!
Mary Meli from Pawtucket wrote on June 12, 2021 at 2:32 pm
I went to high school with Marilyn and always remember her optimistic spirit.
Cheryl DeCristofaro from Hendersonville, NC wrote on June 11, 2021 at 12:21 pm
I’ve known Marilyn since our freshman year at BayView. She attended numerous class events, and was one of three classmates who attended my mother’s funeral. I was so touched by that! Marilyn also traveled with a group of BayView classmates to Asheville, NC to stay at my bed and breakfast. My favorite memory is the comedy tour we took of Asheville. Marilyn was knitting in 90 degree heat on the tour and earned the nickname “Knit Girl” by the comedienne/tour guide. It was a fun day for us and I feel fortunate to have that and many other memories of Marilyn. Rest In peace, my friend.
Georgann McCulloch Lardaro from West Kingston wrote on June 11, 2021 at 10:36 am
As a classmate of Marilyn’s from Bayview, I too remember her smile and her laughter. Both of them could light up a room. She was a kind and good person and will be missed each time our class gathers. Safe home Marilyn.
Monica Faria wrote on June 11, 2021 at 12:04 am
My heart and thoughts are with you all as you move through such this incredibly difficult transition of such a profound loss. Memories of her are always filled with her smile and warmth, much love to you all.
JoAnn Phillips from North Providence wrote on June 10, 2021 at 8:54 pm
I never remember a time, whether in high school at Bay View or throughout the years that followed, when Marilyn didn't have a smile on her face that could light up any room. Being a Bay View alum meant a great deal to her and she took pride in the fact that she had a "perfect attendance record", never having missed a Class of 1970 get-together. She attended every luncheon, dinner, holiday event, Class Reunion, and trip to visit classmates outside of Rhode Island. She was sincere and genuine and loved life, and especially her family! She will be greatly missed!
Bart Madison from North Kingstown wrote on June 10, 2021 at 8:14 pm
From our home to all of yours our deepest condolences. All of our love Bart and Debbie
Emily from NH wrote on June 10, 2021 at 7:41 pm
I would like to express my condolences to Lynn and her family.