The Curry Coastal Pilot

Peggy Jean Bell

March 23, 1956-Jan. 31, 2014

Peggy Jean Bell, 57, of Gold Beach, passed away in Portland, surrounded by family, on Jan. 31, 2014 after a two-year battle with leukemia.

Peggy was born March 23, 1956, in Gold Beach to Carl and Josephine (Slaughter) Hale. She grew up in Gold Beach, and graduated early from high school, complete with honors.

On Sept. 22, 1973, Peggy married Ross Bell in Reno, Nev. They had three children together.

Peggy worked as an office manager in real estate appraisals for Bryson Appraisals, where she was employed for nearly 15 years.

Peggy loved to read; she also enjoyed sewing, and was known for embroidering baby blankets for loved ones. She was the "trivia queen," and could answer just about any question she was asked. She was an avid fan of Jeopardy. She was a very courageous woman; she was strong, and never gave up. She also had what might be considered the biggest porcelain clown collection in Gold Beach.

Peggy is survived by her husband Ross; son Tad Bell and his wife Jill of Gold Beach; daughter Genny Bell-Turner and her husband Jimmer of Gold Beach; brother Roger Hale of Eugene; sisters Karen Hodge of Myrtle Point, and Marilyn Miller and her husband Joe of Redmond; and her mother Josephine Hale of Gold Beach. Also surviving are grandchildren Jordan Turner, Wesley Turner, Emily Turner, Ryan McGinnis, Tyler McGinnis, Brandon McGinnis, Courtney Curtis; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her son Josh Carl Bell, and father Carl Hale.

If you would like, donations may be made to Coastal Home Health and Hospice, P.O. 493, Gold Beach OR 97444; or OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97239 Mail Code: UHN 73A.

A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Rogue River Cemetery in Gold Beach. A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. at the Curry County Fairgrounds in the Showcase building in Gold Beach.

Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed online at

Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.