Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1956 RJC

Donna Blackwell Bell DONNA OLLENE BLACKWELL BELL, 84, of Rankin, TX passed away on Aug. 9, 2021 in Big Lake, TX. She was born on Nov. 10, 1936 in Ranger, TX. Donna attended Ranger High School in the Class of 1956 but graduated from Crane High School and was an honor graduate of Ranger College. She married Cody Mood Bell, Jr. in July of 1958. Donna was a life-long member of the Church of Christ, a member of the Beta Sigma Phi International sorority, the Texas State Historical Association, and the West Texas Historical Association. She served the community of Rankin and Upton County as a 4-H Volunteer & Leader, co-chairing the Upton County Pecan Show, serving on the Rankin Museum Board, the Upton County Historical Society, and the Rankin Cemetery Association, and helped curate the Rankin Museum. Donna was predeceased by her father, John Earl Blackwell, Sr.; brother, John Earl Blackwell, Jr. (RHS-1942); mother, Bertha Leola Blackwell (née McGlothin); brother, J.T. Blackwell (RHS-1944); sister, Luella Frances Blackwell Weaver (RHS-1945); and special granddaughter, Kylie Dawn Reid. Donna is survived by her husband of 63 years, Cody Mood Bell, Jr. of Rankin; son, Cody Mood Bell, III and wife Julia of Palmer, TX; son, John Wylie Bell & wife Celeste of Plano, TX; daughter, Kristin Elizabeth Reid (née Bell) and husband Denson of Rankin; grandchildren: Mary Celeste Buckmeier (née Bell) and husband Andrew of Plano; Allison Dawn Reid of Rankin; Kevin Wayne Reid of Rankin; & special granddaughter Shawna Deann Meyer (née Reid) and husband Chais of Kearney, NE; great-grandchildren Georgina Shea Meyer and Isla June Meyer of Kearney; brother, Walter Lee Blackwell (RHS-1960) and wife Candace of Carrizo Springs, TX; and sister, Vinetta "Sissy" Estelle Blackwell Miller (RHS-1963) and husband Richard of Gainesville, TX.