Mathilda “Tillie” Stephanie Bell 90, passed away Tuesday, January 13, 2009 in Houston. Funeral services will be Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 11:00 am (visitation with family starting at 9:00am) at First Lutheran Church in Galveston, Texas with Pastor Doug Guthier officiating. Burial will follow at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock, Texas.
Tillie was born in Galveston November 6, 1918 to Theodore and Stephanie Thiem. She was raised by her loving Aunt, Helen Brandt. She is preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Donald; sister, Rose McCorvey; and brother, Carl Thiem. Tillie devoted her life of love and compassion to helping not only her family, but many others who needed her. She was a graduate of Ball High School, an active member of First Lutheran Church, a 50+ member of the Eastern Star LaMarque Chapter #979, volunteered in schools, Shriner’s events and was “always” there to help anyone. She is survived by her daughters Gayle A. Cobb and husband Walter of Katy, Donna L. Bekker and husband Gus of Houston, granddaughters Cynthia Mecha and husband Joe, Cheryl Lyng, great grandchildren, Daniel Mecha, Robert Lyng II, Emily Lyng, numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be Donald McCorvey Jr., Bill Bell, Daniel Mecha, Robert Lyng II, Donald McCorvey III, and Joe Mecha. Honorary pallbearer is her godson, Randal McCorvey.
All of the family would like to thank Tillie’s loving caregivers LaWanda, Theresa, Camille, Connie and all the previous caregivers, who brought her peace and comfort during the last years of her life.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Galveston First Lutheran Church, 2415 Winnie, Galveston, Texas 77550 to assist the church with the Hurricane Ike Restoration Fund.