Mrs. Bell S. Toole Obituary

San Angelo Standard  Sep 23 1978
  Monahans-- Mrs.  BELL  S.  TOOLE, 98,  of Monahans,  died Thursday afternoon (Sept 21 1978),  in Ward Memorial Hospital  following a brief illness.

Services will be at  2: p.m. Sunday at Southside Baptist Church.  Burial will be in Lames Memorial Parks Cemetery under the direction of Wilson-Miller Funeral Home.

Mrs. Toole was born Oct 27, 1879 in Blanco County and had been a residence of Monahans, since 1959.  A retired teacher,  she received her teaching certificate at the age of 16 and began teaching in Ozona in 1896.  She graduated from Sam Houston Teachers College and taught three more years in Ozona.  She was married to JOHN  L.  TOOLE  on Sept 30, 1902.  

Mr.  Toole preceded her in death in 1958.

She retired from the teaching profession at the age of 65.  She was an active member of Southside Baptist Church,  a member of the Monahans and Ward County Retired Teachers  Association., the National Retired Teachers Association and the Historical Society of Odessa.  In 1968 she won first place in historical writing at a writers roundup
in Odessa.

Survivors  include four daughters, OTTIE  BELL SPEED  of Beaumont, VARUE  CHENAULT of Houston,  CHRISTINA  ANDERSON of Little Rock, Ark., and  VIRGINIA  REED of Monahans:  a son  JOHN  TOOLE of  Wichita Falls: a sister  Mrs.  ELLA  CASBEER of Eldorado;  nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Betty Varner on October 10, 2003

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