---- — Mary Ann Bell, age 52, of Mt. Vernon, passed away 1:14 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
Mary was born July 1, 1961, in Caruthersville, Mo., the daughter of David E. Gates and Augusta (Robinson). She married William Bell on Sept. 12, 2010, and he survives in Mt. Vernon. Mrs. Bell was a member of the New Life Missionary Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon. She worked as a nurse’s aide for several area nursing homes until failing health. Mary is survived by her husband, William Bell of Mt. Vernon; brother, David Robinson and wife Sherri of Mt. Vernon; a sister, Barbara Jean Caldwell of Houston; nephew, Dominique Robinson; and several other nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, David E. Gates; mother, Augusta (Robinson) Patterson; and stepfather, Murphy Patterson Jr.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Oakwood Cemetery in Mt. Vernon with the Rev. Tim Goodwin officiating. Friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery on Monday.
For more information you may call Newell Funeral Home at 246-0100 or visit at www.newellfuneralhome.com.