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Michael Bell (Mike 49)

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Michael Lawrence Bell, 50

Michael Lawrence Bell died on January 18, 2010, at his home in Gilbert, AZ, following a courageous battle with colon cancer.

Mike was born September 10, 1959 in Phoenix, AZ to Alan and Imogene Bell. He served in the United States Army from 1976 to 1979 and was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. He received a Master of Health Service Administration from Arizona State University in 1989. Mike was employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs for more than twenty years in various health care administration roles.

Mike married the love of his life, the former Jennifer Walker, of Big Spring, TX, on February 29th 2008. In June 2008 he became a father when he adopted Jennifer’s sons. Mike loved being a father and was very active in his children’s lives throughout his lengthy illness. He would often receive chemotherapy and attend one of his children’s many extracurricular activities the same day. Mike treasured his time with his children and believed that fatherhood was his greatest achievement. Uncle Mike loved his nieces and nephews and took great pride in all their accomplishments.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents.

Mike is survived by his wife Jennifer Bell and sons Patrick Bell, Timothy Bell and stepdaughter Addison Elliott all of Gilbert, AZ; sisters, Alana Bell-Dittrich and her husband Richard Dittrich of Gilbert, AZ, Laela Quinn and her husband Gary of Carrolton, TX, Jean Agan and her husband Floyd of Cave Creek, AZ, ; father-in-law Wayne Walker of Big Spring, TX, mother-in-law Sharon Wadley of Childress, TX; nieces, Jorji Coleman of Gilbert, AZ , Irene Owen of Seattle, WA, Crystal Veiock of Henderson, NV; nephews, Dr. Charles Quinn of Dallas, TX and Jason Massey, U.S. Navy Seal of Virginia and loving extended family and friends.

Interment will be Friday January 29th at 2:00 p.m. at the VA National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix, AZ. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of the Valley or the American Cancer Society. The family would like to thank Dr. Rami Sarid for the compassionate and professional care that he provided throughout Mike’s illness. The family would also like to thank the caring staff of Hospice of the Valley.

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Mike was such a wonderful treasure both in his personal life and on this board. I am very sad to learn of his passing. May you, Jennifer, and your children find comfort in knowing that he was so gracious and positive throughout his struggle. May God bless you and hold you in the comfort of his hands during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your precious family.

Priscilla in San Antonio

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Thank very much.

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I am so sorry. My heart goes out to you and your family.
I hope this prayer I am sending you will bring you some comfort as it has for me.

Heavenly Father, we pray Thee to console those who are mourning the loss of dear ones. Help us to understand that the dead are not dead as long as their memories inspire us, the living, to acts of kindness, charity and love. The departed are not gone as long as their achievements urge us on to better living and finer thinking. May our faith in Thee, O Lord our God, never falter, even when we walk in the valley of the shadow of death. Enable us to find blessings even in sorrow. Guide us to use our time and opportunities wisely and nobly. Grant that our grief teach us to be more helpful and friendly to others. As we recall our dear ones, let us reaffirm our trust in Thee, O God. Thou art the source of Life. Thou art with us in sorrow as well as joy. Thou art our strength and comfort! Amen.

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What a wonderful and inspiring prayer. Thank you, I really appreciate it.

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and I share words that comforted me:

He has not gone, just moved, from in front of our eyes, into our hearts, where he will live on forever. To make room, he took a piece of our hearts with him.

Hugs, Kathi

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Dear Jennifer,
I am so very, very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. He was a real source of encouragement to me during the past year. Mike was full of love, good advice and he was very good at sharing. I know how much he loved you and your kids. You meant everything to him. I will continue to pray for you. I will miss Mike. I know you will miss him so very much.


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i am so sorry for your loss.
god bless you and your family

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A wonderful man who will be missed by many...

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So sorry for your loss.. My Blessings to you all.

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Please accept our sincere sympathy at the loss of Mike. He will be greatly missed by his family here on the board. May you and your family find peace at this most difficult time. Sincerely George and Tina in Livonia, Michigan.

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Mike was diagnosed just a few months before me and was quick to befriend me when I joined the forum. He quickly became a dear friend. My heart is saddened at this loss but I am so happy God allowed me to know Mike, if even from a distance and only for a short time.

M prayers will be with you and the children during this time of heartbreak.

Diane Tavegia

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Was an inspiration to me when I first joined this board, he immediately replied to my post, gave me hope and words of encouragement and sympathy. He has inspired so many here, and I will miss his posts! This is just heartbreaking, and I pray for comfort and peace for your family during this difficult time. Blessings, Marie

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Jennifer I am so very sorry for the loss of Mike. His outstanding sense of good will always shone through. I will miss him a great deal.

All the very best to you and your family at this difficult time.


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My thoughts are with you and your family.

Hugs to all of you


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I'm am so sorry. I wish you courage and peace as words are hard to come by.

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Just want you to know that we are holding your family closen in prayer. We are so sorry to hear for Mike's passing.

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I am so sorry Jenny.

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May god give you and the children strength to go forward during this difficult time.
Take it one day at a time, and keep in touch.

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I'm so sorry for you and your family in this tremendous loss. Mike will be missed on this board but he lives in your heart. We are all better for knowing him. I wish you peace and joy in the future. Although that seems impossible now, Mike will lead you to it.


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Please accept my condolences to you & your family for your loss. I am thinking about you. Although I just joined the board in Oct/09 I enjoyed Mike's posts and the picture of your family always brought a smile to my face. Thanks for sharing the notice of his passing with us. Please take good care of yourself.

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I am so sorry I live in phx if you need anything feel free to ask .I just have to get on the 101 and i would be there Please take care and you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


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so sorry for your loss

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My prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. This is a huge loss to our entire "family".


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Dear Jenny

My sincerest condolences to you and your beautiful family during this most difficult time. Every day that I logon, I was hoping to not see this post, but from all your updates, feared that we would one day see it. And that has finally come.

First, I just want to thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to post of Mike’s passing. With all that you have going on, we really appreciate this so much.

You might not believe this, but Mike has been on my mind daily since you reported him in hospice care. My wife would see me “dialed out” on the couch and she would ask me, “Who are you thinking about?” And I would tell that I was thinking of Mike and what his family was going through. I would think about him in the morning, at work, and in the evening when I went to bed. I would think of the posts that we shared and what he said to me and me to him.

I used one of Mike’s “lines” in a post I replied to - In honor of his memory. That’s the highest compliment that I can pay to him.

I would always look for a reply from Mike when I would open a post – his responses were classics and I remember each one of them.

My fondest, of course, was “DRY SOCKS and WARM CHOW.”

It brings tears to my eyes just writing it down and thinking about it. And thank you so much, Jenny, for “telling” Mike those words for me.

Hearing you tell me that you told him and that he SMILED made me smile and feel so warm – he got the message of what I was trying to say. That’s the last memory I’ll have of Mike – and it’s a GOLDEN ONE!

God Bless you and your family in the coming days and may you find some peace and comfort along the way. He was a good friend and a great member of our community and will be sadly missed. It goes without saying that he was a great husband and a wonderful father. It was my privilege in knowing Mike at least on the Board. He was always so positive and upbeat about his battle and would usually close his posts with something like, "Now, let's go and kick come cancer butt."

“Dry Socks and Warm Chow” my dear friend…

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My thoughts are with you and your children today (and have been seen I heard that hospice had been called in). Wishing you strength and courage today and in the coming days. Please feel free to get in touch with me, if there is anything I can do or if you need to talk to someone who has been there (Brant passed away a little over a month ago). My prayers are with you.

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I am sorry and devastated, words can bring Mike back, Craigs word are always so good,
I didnt really know Mike but i can't imagine loosing my husband ( he is also sick like me). Everyday we deal with the issue it sits far back in your brain and pops up in the most unlikely places.
I know as you go on and reflect on Mike and your life you will find that he is not gone, just tucked some where in your heart and brain and some day maybe everyday you will have him pop out in the most unlikely places and i know he will be smiling on you and you will be smiling on him.

Hug your children and try to remember you will see him again,

My heart goes out to you

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Dear Jenny,

I'm so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. My heart goes out to you and your family. He was such a wonderful guy on this board and I can only imagine how much better he was in person.

I like these words by William Penn - this is just a fragment, but I like the ideas:

we cannot love to live,
if we cannot bear to die.

They that love beyond the World, cannot be separated by it.
Death cannot kill what never dies.
Nor can Spirits ever be divided
that love and live in the same Divine Principle

Wishing you strength and grace,


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I am so sorry for your family's loss. The writeup about Mike is a nice one- thank you for sharing it with us.

God bless,

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Thank you for posting this information of Mike's passing. It sadddens me deeply.
Mike was an ispiration and always supportive on "the board". He was a frequent visitor at my "blog" and often commented and encouraged me.

I wish you and your children every blessing as you remember and celebrate Mike's life over the next weeks.

Rob; in Vancouver

“Life is short,and we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel the way with us. So let us be swift to love, and let us make haste to show kindness.”
Henri Amiel

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close to my heart........Love and Hope, Clift

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So sorry for your loss. He will be missed on the board. Paula

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So sorry for your loss. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to you.


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I could not remember Mike49's for the life of me, but when I saw the pic of him in the circle with his loving family surrounding him (one of my fav pics) It put a smile on my face because I remembered but then I was very sad. He definately had his battle with cancer and fought hard!!! We have such a great group of people on this site and we hate to see anyone lose their battle but we have to continue to support eachother and their FAMILIES they leave behind! Again. I am so very sorry your loss.

thoughts and prayers
Karyn Dugan

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have our deepest condolences. Thoughts are prayers will be with you.


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I am so sorry for your loss.. my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family..

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While I am brand new to this forum, it is quite evident how much Mike was loved by his friends here. I am moved by the outpouring of support for you and your family on this thread. I do hope you find it comforting to know that so many people who understand what your family has been through are thinking about you and praying for you during this very difficult time. I wish I could have known Mike and the others who have recently passed. I think I missed something very special.

Take care,
Prentiss :)

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My thoughts and prayers go out to you. Mike will be missed.


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I'm wishing you the best during your loss.


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Jeniffer,I will be praying for peace and acceptance for your terrible loss, Mike will allways be with us on this board.

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we don't know each other, but I just want you to know that I am very sorry for the loss of your husband, Michael.
I'll hold you and your family in the light.

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I am so sorry for your loss.

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I offer you and the rest of your family my condolences at the passing of your love Michael. I wish I had some words that could lessen your grief. Your sadness is as deep as your love was strong. I believe that one day you will be with each other again.

Being an Irish gal I offer you an Irish prayer...

Death is nothing at all.
It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Everything remains as it was.
The old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by the old familiar name.
Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no sorrow in your tone.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effort
Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was.
There is unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner.
All is well. Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting, when we meet again.

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I am so saddened to hear of Mike's passing. Thank you for sharing Mike's story and your grief with us. You and your children are in the hearts, thoughts, and prayers of many people right now. Mike will be beside you every minute of each day until you meet again. I'm so saddened for your loss, but am filled with joy that Mike finally beat this disease once and for all. Love and prayers,

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Jenny i am so sorry for your loss... my heart goes out to you and your family. Be strong and always remember the good times:)

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I am so very sorry to read of Mike's passing. He made a lot of friends on this board and he will certainly be missed. I will be praying for strength and peace for you and your family at this difficult time.

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So very sorry about Mike's passing. I will be thinking of you and praying for you and your family in the days ahead. I agree with Karyn in that your "family circle" picture is a day brightener.

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My heart dropped when I found out about Mike`s passing. I remember our posts back and forth about erbitux treatments. His posts gave me support and made me realize that I was not alone with my symptoms. In fact, we frequently made jokes about the monster rash and how it made us look. Thank god I am not on that drug anymore but I enjoyed the bantering with Mike. He was a great guy and will be missed. that comes from someone who only knew him on the board so I can only imagine how grevious it is for you and your family. My sincere condolensces and I will pray for you and your family.


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I'm so very sorry to read this. Thank ou for sharing the article with us. That's a very nice write-up.

We will miss Mike very much around here, and I hope you'll come by now and then to let us know how your family is doing. You are in my prayers.


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He will be missed.

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I am very sorry for your and your kids and your friends and all of us here loss of Mike's physical presence.

I'll pass along this poem by Rashani that's kept me company over the years.

Love, Leslie

The Unbroken
By Rashani

There is a brokenness
Out of which comes the unbroken,
A shatterdness out
Of which blooms the unshatterable,
There is a sorrow
Beyond all grief which leads to joy
And a fragility
Out of whose depths emerges strength.

There is a hollow space
Too vast for words
Through which we pass with each loss,
Out of darkness
We are sanctioned into being.

There is a cry deeper than all sound
Whose serrated edges cut the heart
As we break open
To the place inside which is unbreakable
And whole,
While learning to sing.


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