Elaine C. Bell, a resident of Warsaw, passed away at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw. Surrounded by those she loved, Elaine was 90 years old at the time of her passing.

Born on Nov. 27, 1928, in Indianapolis, Elaine was the daughter of Arden and Emelia Horn Ober. She attended Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis and earned a degree in journalism from Butler University.

Elaine was united in marriage to James R. Bell on May 10, 1947. Together, the pair spent nearly 50 years creating memories. They co-owned Business Equipment Co. and lovingly raised a family of four children, all of whom survive. Her husband, James, preceded her in passing on Feb. 16, 1995.

In addition to their family business, Elaine worked as a photojournalist and a features writer for the Times-Union. She was also a freelance contributor to many other publications and worked as a wedding photographer.

She was president of the Women’s Press Club of Indiana, a longtime volunteer with Cardinal Services and performed with the Cardinal Services handbell choir, traveling to Washington, D.C. She was family-oriented and both proud and supportive of her children and grandchildren.

A list of survivors includes three daughters: Cindy (Jerry Opperude) Dobbins of Warsaw, Pam Leek of Winona Lake and Melissa (Scott) Silveus of Warsaw; a son, Jamey Bell of Los Angeles, Calif.; and six grandchildren: JR (Sarah) Dobbins of New Palestine, Misti (Mark) Pendergrass of Los Angeles, Marni Leek of Indianapolis, Josh (Reagan) Silveus of Warsaw, Aaron (Kimm) Silveus of Warsaw and Jake (Jenn) Silveus of Warsaw. Also surviving are her sister, Marilyn Piety of Indianapolis, and 13 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, James R. Bell Sr., those who preceded Elaine in passing include her parents; two sisters, Geraldine Miller and Evelyn Browning; a brother, Arden Ober Jr.; and a son-in-law, Glen “Jug” Leek.

Friends and family will gather for visitation at Titus Funeral Home, 2000 E. Sheridan St., Warsaw, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13.

A funeral service, officiated by certified funeral celebrant Sharon Brockhaus, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home. Her committal in Warsaw’s Oakwood Cemetery will be private.


Memorials to Cardinal Services, 504 N. Bay Drive, Warsaw, IN 46580; or to the Greater Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s’ Association, 6324 Constitution Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46804.