Nell Bell Middleton

Nell Bell Middleton

February 4, 1929 - June 13, 2019

            Nell Bell Middleton, 90, of Bay City, TX passed away June 13, 2019 with her family by her side.  She was born February 4, 1929 in Matagorda, TX to Frank E. and Nora Lee Schmerber Bell.

            Nell was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother whose family was blessed with her unconditional love.

            She was a member of the First Baptist Church where she served as coordinator of six departments in the church nursery from 1965-1980.  She was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 2438 Ladies Auxiliary and a longtime member of the Bay City Book Review Club.  She was also a proud member of the “El Zarape gang”.  Thanks to her niece, Dodie Bradley for getting her there every Thursday. Crabbing in Matagorda and bringing family together were her favorite pastimes.

            Nell graduated Bay City high school in 1944 working as a bookkeeper first at Long Theater then Alamo Lumber Company.  She then spent many years as a real estate broker in the area. 

            Nell was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Wendell Owen Middleton; her parents, Frank E. and Nora Lee Bell; three sisters, Irene Bell Jinks, Gladys Bell Lane and Ellanora Bell Hartsfield; and two brothers, Bob Bell and Floyd Bell.

            She is survived by sister, Doris Bell Moberley of Matagorda, TX; and two brothers, Bill Bell of Bay City and Don Bell of Navasota, TX.

            She is also survived by two sons, Gary Middleton and wife Sharon of Alvin, TX, and Bruce Middleton and wife Hope of Spring, TX; one daughter, Terri Turk and husband Steve of Conroe, TX; five grandchildren, Kirk Middleton and wife Laura of Friendswood, TX, Scott Middleton and wife Suzanna of Kennesaw, GA, Derrick Turk and wife Katherine of Pearland, TX, Douglas Turk of Spanish Fort, Alabama and Holly Middleton Stern and husband Samson of Spring, TX; twin great-grandsons, Joshua Owen Middleton and Noah John Middleton; and two great-granddaughters, Nicole Middleton and Bella Rose Middleton.

            The family will receive friends and relatives from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2019 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City.

            Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Bay City with Dr. Mike Zimmerman officiating.

            Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck, TX.

            Pallbearers will be Gary Middleton, Bruce Middleton, Kirk Middleton, Scott Middleton, Derrick Turk and Douglas Turk. 

            Honorary pallbearers will be son-in-law, Steve Turk; nephews, Bill Bell Jr., Tim Bell, Bobby Bell, Barry Bell, Claude Jinks, John Jeff Mangum, Chip Hartsfield; and great nephews, Pearson Jinks and Cody Lefevre.

            Among her hand-written notes, Nell left two thoughts. “Jesus knows me, this I love” and “May you always have a shell in your pocket and sand between your toes.”

            Special thanks to longtime “caregiver and angel,” Veronica Ramirez.  Also, Rocio Garcia, Brenda Trevino, the Angels Care Home Health, Dr. Fabricio Zuniga and the kind staff at Matagorda Regional Medical Center.

            The family suggests any memorial donations be made to the First Baptist Church, 2321 Ave F, Bay City, TX 77414.

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            Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX; 979-245-4613.