ForeverMissed
This website was created in memory of our beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Valerie Bell.

Donations in memory of Valerie may be made on-line to the Motor Neurone Disease Association: 
https://www.mndassociation.org/get-involved/donations/
Posted by Dino Shiatis on March 3, 2021
We have such fond memories of the most loving, caring and fun lady. Our deepest condolences to all the family and friends. Dino and Katherine
Posted by Alison Simpson on March 2, 2021
Valarie I met you for the first time with Mike to offer my services as a carer
It was an honour and a great pleasure to have been a part of your life .
Your eyes always twinkled just before your beaming smile appeared which lightened the room
Beautiful words were spoken by your daughter and grandson for such a beautiful lady who will be greatly missed but who has left such an impact on the lives of everyone who had the privilege to know her
Love to Mike your devoted husband and your much loved children and grandsons I feel your pain but I also celebrate the life of a wonderful woman
Always remembered
Alison 
Posted by Nathalie Lion on March 1, 2021
I was lucky to meet Valerie through Julia, over 25 years ago. Valerie struck me instantly as a very warm, quietly strong lady, who thrived from the joy of seeing the ones around her happy. Over the years, that first impression never vanished and I am grateful for the lovely moments I was allowed to share with her and Mike, in London a long time ago now, as well as over the years at family events. I will always remember Valerie for her beautiful smile and quiet joie de vivre.
My deepest condolences go to Mike, Louise and Julia and their families.
Posted by Sarah Cooper on March 1, 2021
Val, you will be sadly missed by us all in New Zealand and Australia.
We send our love to you all on this sad day.
Life took you too soon.
Love Ian and Sarah
Posted by Trish Igoe on March 1, 2021
Many fond and fun memories of times with Val at different Bell-Wilson family get togethers. A lovely, kind and gentle lady who will be sadly missed by everyone. Deepest condolences to all the family.
Posted by Julia Wilson on February 28, 2021
To my beautiful mother, a loving, compassionate and caring woman who always put others ahead of herself. A wonderful role model for me and for my boys, you helped me grow in confidence as a mother, supporting me when they were born, and always caring for Charlie and Freddie as if they were your own. You shall always be a bright light in our lives and an angel watching over us.

I love you Mum.

Leave a Tribute

 
Recent Tributes
Posted by Dino Shiatis on March 3, 2021
We have such fond memories of the most loving, caring and fun lady. Our deepest condolences to all the family and friends. Dino and Katherine
Posted by Alison Simpson on March 2, 2021
Valarie I met you for the first time with Mike to offer my services as a carer
It was an honour and a great pleasure to have been a part of your life .
Your eyes always twinkled just before your beaming smile appeared which lightened the room
Beautiful words were spoken by your daughter and grandson for such a beautiful lady who will be greatly missed but who has left such an impact on the lives of everyone who had the privilege to know her
Love to Mike your devoted husband and your much loved children and grandsons I feel your pain but I also celebrate the life of a wonderful woman
Always remembered
Alison 
Posted by Nathalie Lion on March 1, 2021
I was lucky to meet Valerie through Julia, over 25 years ago. Valerie struck me instantly as a very warm, quietly strong lady, who thrived from the joy of seeing the ones around her happy. Over the years, that first impression never vanished and I am grateful for the lovely moments I was allowed to share with her and Mike, in London a long time ago now, as well as over the years at family events. I will always remember Valerie for her beautiful smile and quiet joie de vivre.
My deepest condolences go to Mike, Louise and Julia and their families.
her Life
Valerie was born in 1944 in Barking where she spent the first 7 years of her life. Joined by her brother Ian in 1949, she remembered him fondly as a chubby little baby in a wicker basket.  In 1953 she boarded HMS Dunera with her mother and brother and travelled from Liverpool to Ceylon –She had fond memories of bucket showers in the garden, pony rides, jumping storm drains, tap dancing in shows, learning to swim and holidays in the cool hills above Kandy. This was the first of her many international Air Force adventures as a daughter and then later as a spouse.

From Ceylon back to Cornwall before moving to Wendover in Buckinghamshire and attending John Colet secondary school where she met her life-long friend Sandy.  In February 1963 Sandy introduced Valerie to Michael and their enduring love affair began. 

 Married in October of the same year they moved to RAF Wyton in Cambridgeshire living in a mobile home as Mike was too young to qualify for military housing!  Louise was born in 1964 and the following year they were posted to Germany, Valerie taking her very first flight 2 days before her 21st birthday!  Julia was born at RAF Wegberg in Germany in 1967 and Val and Mike returned to the UK the following year.  Mum got skilled at moving from home to home -Cheltenham to Edinburgh to Colchester to Huntingdon. During this time Valerie developed her sewing skills making outfits for her daughters and friends.  She discovered her love of flower arranging after studying a Constance Spry course and joined the officers club (Mess) Flower Team.  
  In 1974 a NATO posting took the family to Holland, where Valerie honed her floristry skills, tried pottery and woodwork in the workshops and travelled the continent holidaying far and wide in campsites across France, Germany, and the former Yugoslavia. They met many wonderful international friends during this time.  In 1978 upon returning to UK,  Valerie started work as a secretary once both daughters were at secondary school in Oakdene, and she and Mike bought their first home in Great Kingshill, Buckinghamshire. 

1988 saw a return to Germany for 3 years, then the traveling for Mike’s last posting as Air Attache to Jordan  from 1991 – 1996.  A rich and diverse social and diplomatic experience,  where Valerie’s love of women’s groups was born, with both membership and presidency of British Wives Associations, Diplomatic Wives Club and Ladies Golf Groups.  Shealso had a rewarding role volunteering at a Mother Theresa Children’s home for handicapped children.  Valerie took up golf whilst in Jordan having seen Michael play all his RAF career saying “if you can’t beat them join them!” Together they explored the Middle East from roman ruins of Jerash and Palmerya to the souks of Damascus and the Crusader Castles and camps of Wadi Rum, to the Egyptian pyramids, the bustle of Cairo and a cruise down the Nile.

Retirement saw a final move to Bassingham in Lincolnshire embracing all that was on offer in the community: joining the WI and NWR, sides people and floral team member at St Michaels, sewing costumes for the village panto, hosting open gardens, organising the village show and volunteering at Newark hospital.  Not forgetting the weekly bitch and stitch and a late discovery of artistic talents as Valerie joined the Bassingham Art Group. 

In 2005 Val became a proud grandma to Charlie and in 2009 to Freddie.  

Travel remained a passion with regular trips to New Zealand to visit her Parents and Brother, stopping over in the Far East and her happy place of Langkawi!  Cruising the Med and Caribbean, flying to New York and California to stay with Louise and her husband Steve and driving down to London to see Julia, Gordon and her grandsons; 

Val’s life was one adventure after another.

Loving, caring, supportive, funny, creative, elegant and strong – these are but a few words to describe our beloved mother, grandmother, sister and wife. 

May she rest in peace
Recent stories

Elegance, style and charm

Shared by Jonathan Abra on February 28, 2021
Goodbye Auntie Val,

(I know you preferred ‘Valerie’ but throughout my childhood you were my Auntie Val!)

The first time I introduced my then-girlfriend Jane to the extended Bell family was at your Silver Wedding Anniversary party. You had no way of knowing how terribly nervous she was but greeted her warmly, with a big smile, a kiss on both cheeks and a compliment on her dress - chosen specially for the occasion. 

That was the snapshot that came to mind when I sat down to contribute to this collage. You were always welcoming, had a fine eye for fashion that was reflected in your own elegant style and we always felt at ease in your company. We will miss you but remember you fondly.

Vale! Valerie.
x