Janice Lee Bell was born on October 2nd, 1964 in Laredo, TX to Bill and Gloria Casas and departed this life on April 21st 2019 in Tulsa, OK at the age of 54 years.
Janice graduated from Oaks Mission Public School in 1983. After a brief hiatus to raise her two children she furthered her education by obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Education and a Master's Degree in School Administration.
Janice married Doyle Bell in January of 1984 and this resulted in a loving, God-filled marriage of 35 years. Janice and Doyle had 2 children, Dee and Martha Bell.
Janice loved helping people wherever needed and this was evident in every aspect of her life. Janice was a 37-year member of the Mt. Zion General Baptist Church where she had served in any capacity that was asked of her; whether it was as a Sunday School teacher or janitor she always tried to be of service. This love of helping people, especially children, led to her lifelong passion as a teacher. At the time of her passing she was a 19-year educator at Watts Public Schools. She loved to watch children grow, learn, and succeed and it was her life mission to help as many as possible do that. Her love, compassion, and dedication, led to her touching many lives.
Her hobbies included reading, listening to music, and crocheting. She would spend hours crocheting blankets, scarves, and hats for people because she wanted to show them how much she loved them.
Janice is preceded in death by her grandparents, Bill and Martha Butler and Agnes Casas all of Tahlequah. Those left to miss her and mourn her passing include her husband Doyle of the home, and daughter Martha of the home, son Dee of Teresita, OK and his significant other, Veronica Jones, of Tahlequah. Janice's passing is also mourned by her parents, Bill and Gloria Casas of Teresita, her sister Brenda of Douglas, GA, her sister Jackie and husband Kenneth of Tahlequah, and her sister Carolyn and husband Randy, of Lockport, Illinois. She is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and friends too innumerable to name. She was truly and deeply loved and her passing leaves a hole that can never be filled.
Martha had a big heart and she always gave me positive encouragement and advice to pursue my teaching degree. I can count on her wisdom when I had questions or concerns subbing classes! She made me smile and laugh! Very genuine lady.
Misty SwayzeWatts, OK
We have spent the last 8 years working side by side. She has been a friend since the very first day. She has been easy to talk too, especially when days were a bit so so and a friendly ear was needed. She will be deeply missed
Donna MartinFarmington, AR
Janice was such a nice and thoughtful person. I worked with her for 18 yrs. but really got to see more of her these past couple of years. My son had her as a teacher. I could see how much she enjoyed Ben in class. She always had something funny to tell me. Thank you Bell Family for sharing Janice (& Martha) with our Watts Family. She will be remembered and missed.
Jamie, Ben, & Cole ThurberWestville, OK
All our love and sympathy to Janice ‘s family. We will miss her smile at mount Zion. Praying for your strength and peace only God can give during this time of grief. Love, Robert and LulaThompson 🙏🌹
Robert and Lula ThompsonRose, OK
Dear Friends, my heart is broken for the pain you're enduring at this time. I am so shocked to hear this news and I pray that Janice didn't suffer. I love you all and my prayers are with you.......
Brenda BagwellSiloam Springs, AR
Janice was a sweet lady. She will be missed.
Loretta RobertsonEucha, OK
Janice was such a sweet lady. She will be missed by so many.
Loretta RobertsonEucha, OK
My condolences for your loss.
Anjanette hensleyWatts, OK
She will definitely be missed. My heart and prayers go out to you in this time if need.
Kimberly SuggsWatts, OK
I'm so sorry for your loss. I vaguely remember her from school, just remember her always having a smile on her face! Prayers & hugs!
Terri (Lane) DallisPark Hill, OK
I will miss my sweet little cousin so very much, this just breaks my heart. Rest In Peace Cuz.
Arlie GirdnerTahlequah, OK
Lori and Jake McGlothlin, OK