Arlene W. Bell, 100, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, February 7, 2019. She was born March 22, 1918 in Des Moines to Curtis and Marie (Smith) Prieast.

Arlene’s greatest joy in life was her family. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. In her later years, she enjoyed travelling and fishing with her husband, Howard.

She is survived by her children, Diana Griffith, Ted (Donna), Michael (Ginnie), Steven and David (Deb) Bell; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard; sons, Jerry, Terry and Paul; and granddaughters, Sheri and Rene

There will be a visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019 at Hamilton’s Funeral Home, 605 Lyon Street, Des Moines followed by a graveside service at Glendale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Mercy Hospice.

Condolences may be expressed at

Service Details

Friday, February 15, 2019
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines
Friday, February 15, 2019
Visitation followed by graveside service
Friday, February 15, 2019
12:30 pm
Glendale Cemetery
Des Moines

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