Evelyn Grace Bell, best known as Gracie, was born November 18, 1993 with red hair and a fire in her soul. After 26 years filled with love and laughter, she concluded her visit to this earth with her mom by her side on July 17, 2020.
Gracie leaves behind her ever devoted mother, Rosemary Hooter Bell; her loving brother, Lester Lanteigne (Alice); aunts, Wendy Hooter and Judy Bell Broxson (Bill); her beloved, Benjamin Ferguson; first cousins: Kirk Hooter, Sr (Charlotte), Darrin Hooter (Kelley), Chris Hooter (Jennifer), Bill Gladish (Kristin), Brandon Gladish, Sarah Gladish, Jessica Pelt, and Jared Webb; as well as a host of second cousins, and friends whom Gracie considered family.
Gracie was preceded in death by her father, Felix A. Bell, Jr.; brothers, Champ Bell and Christopher Bell; maternal grandparents, O.J. & Grace Hooter; paternal grandparents, Felix & Evelyn Bell; and uncle, Jim Hooter (her Uncle Dee Dee.)
Gracie attended St. Clement of Rome School throughout her elementary education and was a graduate of De La Salle High School. Gracie participated in many clubs and activities throughout her school years. She was a member of the St. Clement band, choir, cheerleaders, and an altar server. While at De La Salle she was very active in the Art Club. She was an integral part of the team that designed and created a model street car which was a city wide project.
Gracie flew through life like a bright comet through the atmosphere. She loved art, music, animals, traveling, and the ocean. Gracie was named for her grandmothers, and inherited her mother’s strength and her father’s fight. To know Gracie was to love her. She could make you smile when you didn’t want to, and never passed up the chance to help someone who was struggling. Gracie had an infectious smile that could light up a room. She was comfortable as a fashion plate or tomboy, and those who knew her well knew that Gracie loved her makeup, nails, and eyelashes!
Gracie's final act of generosity was the gift of life to five individuals through organ donation, a fitting testament to her loving and giving nature.
Gracie felt strongly about organ donation and the family asks that people consider giving the gift of life by signing up to be an organ donor.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Gracie’s name to Marianites of Holy Cross, 21388 Smith Road, Covington, LA 70435.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Services on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Garden of Memories Funeral Home & Cemetery, 4900 Airline Dr. Metairie, LA 70001. Visitation will begin at 9:00 am with a Mass at 11:00 am followed by inurnment. Due to COVID-19, the funeral home is limited to 50 people and masks are required. Online condolences may be offered at www.gardenofmemoriesmetairie.com.
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