Ranger Exes Memorial - RJC

Ella Barcus Bell ELLA VIRGINIA ACREE BARCUS BELL, 90, of Austin, TX passed away Sept. 28, 2004. Virginia was born Feb. 3, 1914 in Moody, TX, the third child of Fred Acree & Anna Byrd McLeod Acree. Virginia, known as ”Snooks” to family and friends, was raised, along with her brother and sister, in Moody and Waco before attending Ranger Jr. College and graduating from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. After graduation, Virginia taught school in Ranger before marrying John McFerrin Barcus, an attorney from Georgetown, who also graduated from Southwestern University. Virginia & John moved to Austin, working and raising their family until John Barcus’ death in 1959. Virginia taught school in Austin for 25 years at Metz and Ridgetop Elementary Schools. She was a wonderful teacher and was much loved by her students, their parents and her student teachers. After her retire- ment, She married Spurgeon E. Bell, a distinguished Judge and professor at South Texas College of Law. Virginia & Spurgeon enjoyed over 20 years of marriage, living in Houston but never losing touch with Austin. After Spurgeon’s death in 1996, she returned to Austin to live near her children and grandchildren. Virginia was generous, funny & feisty. She loved social gatherings and she and Spurgeon enjoyed attending Bar Association meetings. Virginia and Spurgeon loved to travel and made numerous trips to Europe & the Far East. Virginia was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church and of Delta Delta Delta sorority where she had deep roots and many friends. She was active in University United Methodist Church while raising her family and recently has been a member at Tarrytown United Methodist Church. Virginia was also a staunch and devoted Democrat and not at all hesitant to let anyone know how she felt about politics. Her parents, Fred and Anna Byrd Acree, her brother, Fred Acree, Jr., her husband, John Barcus and her husband, Spurgeon Bell preceded Virginia in death. She is survived by her sister, Kathryn Allison, her children, Laura McCowan, Mary Margaret Wells and her husband Joe, Jeannie Strange and her husband Tom, her grandchildren, Jack McCowan, Jennifer Wells Childers and her husband Cecil, Dr. Joe Wells, III and his wife Becky, John Wells and his wife Debra, Linda Virginia Strange, Mary Ruth Strange Howard and her husband Chris, and her great grandchildren, Caroline and Sarah Wells, Claire and Ben Childers, Sam, Anna Kate, and Phoenix Wells, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her stepchildren, Sally Bell Rutherford, Alice Bell Smith, Spurgeon Bell, Jr. & their children and grandchildren. Virginia also leaves behind many friends that she loved and who were devoted to her. She will be deeply missed by all her family & friends.