Wanda Lorraine Bell

5 February 1926–11 July 2007 (Age 81)
Olney, Young, Texas, United States

The Life of Wanda Lorraine

When Wanda Lorraine Bell was born on 5 February 1926, in Olney, Young, Texas, United States, her father, Jason Sherfield (AKA J.C.) Bell, was 28 and her mother, Opal Crystelle Mc Cary, was 19. She married Charles Richards on 5 February 1944. She lived in Shawnee, Pottawatomie, Oklahoma, United States in 1930 and Justice Precinct 1, Young, Texas, United States in 1940. She died on 11 July 2007, in Farmington, San Juan, New Mexico, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Memory Gardens, San Juan, New Mexico, United States.

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Charles Richards
Wanda Lorraine Bell
Marriage: 5 February 1944

Spouse and Children

5 February 1944

Parents and Siblings




    Patricia Ann Patsy Bell


World Events (8)


Age 1

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1929 · The Great Depression Arrives

Age 3

Like most of the country, the economy of Texas suffered greatly after the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Thousands of city workers were suddenly unemployed and relied on a variety of government relief programs; unemployed Mexican citizens were required to take one-way bus tickets to Mexico.
1948 · The Beginning of the Cold War

Age 22

The Berlin Blockade was the first major crises of the Cold War. The Soviet Union blocked all access to the sectors of Berlin under Western control and offered to drop the blockade if the newly introduced Deutsche Mark was removed from West Berlin. The Berlin Blockade showed the different ideological and economic visions for postwar Europe. Even though there wasn't any fire fight during the cold war, many of these skirmishes arose and almost caused nuclear war on multiple occasions.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish and northern English: from Middle English belle ‘bell’, in various applications; most probably a metonymic occupational name for a bell ringer or bell maker, or a topographic name for someone living ‘at the bell’ (as attested by 14th-century forms such as John atte Belle). This indicates either residence by an actual bell (e.g. a town's bell in a bell tower, centrally placed to summon meetings, sound the alarm, etc.) or ‘at the sign of the bell’, i.e. a house or inn sign (although surnames derived from house and inn signs are rare in Scots and English).2 Scottish and northern English: from the medieval personal name Bel. As a man's name this is from Old French beu, bel ‘handsome’, which was also used as a nickname. As a female name it represents a short form of Isobel, a form of Elizabeth.3 Scottish: Americanized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Mhaoil ‘son of the servant of the devotee’ ( see Mullen 1).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Wanda Bell in household of J C Bell, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Wanda Bell in household of J C Bell, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Wanda Richards in entry for Mrs H Lucile Skulley, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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