Betty Elaine Bell Bailey

(Jan. 18, 1926 - Aug. 13, 2018)


Betty Bell Bailey, 92, passed away on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, at the Powell Valley Care Center. She was born on Jan. 18, 1926, in Jamaica, Iowa, to Roy and Ada Hay.

Betty moved to Powell in her early 20s and met Rush Bell. They married on Jan. 29, 1950, at the First United Methodist Church in Powell. They were blessed with four children, but unfortunately, Rush passed away at the early age of 49. She was a stay-at-home mom and helped with driving the school bus as well as beet trucks. She worked for Dr. Deiss and various businesses. She was a lifetime member of the American Legion and enjoyed the Birthday Club she was in. She married Jack Bailey later in life.

She treasured her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as the cow candy dish was always full of peanut M&Ms. She was also known for her lead foot, but never seemed to get a ticket.

Betty is survived by her children Vicky (Dick) Wallace, Debbie (Roger) Brewer, R.D. (Lyn) Bell and T.J. (Bobbie) Bell; her grandchildren Jason (Brenda) Wallace, Justin Wallace, Effie (Glen) Christiansen, Ole (Sarabeth) Kluksdahl, Sarah (Art) Swanstrom, Adam (Tara) Sikich, Jessica Bell, Kristy (Rob) Patterson, Travis (Nikki) Bell and Dustin (Meghan) Bell; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Rush Bell; brothers Richard and Bob; and sister Barbara.

Graveside services will be held Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, at Crown Hill Cemetery at 10 a.m. Donations may be sent to Rocky Mountain Manor, 140 N. Cheyenne St., Powell, WY 82435.

Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may  be sent to the family online at or P.O. Box 807, Powell, WY 82435.