Linda Lou "Ma" Bell, 66, of Hayti, Mo., died Wednesday, March 1, 2006, at her residence.
Born Feb. 11, 1940, in Wardell, Mo., daughter of the late William Howard and Hazel Canoy Shaffer, she was a homemaker and a cook. She owned and operated Ma's Kitchen in Hayti.
On Oct. 1, 1955, in Caruthersville, Mo., she married Thomas Odell Bell, who survives.
Survivors also include eight children, Glenda Overbey and husband, Jackie, Patricia VanDyke and husband, Michael, William Bell, and Lisa Green and husband, Dennis, all of Hayti, Rickey Bell and wife, Janice, and Thomas Bell, Jr., all of Caruthersville, Tresa Davis and husband, Eugene, of Portageville, Mo., and Shirley Edwards and husband, Robert, of Horseshoe, Ark.; two brothers, Robert Shaffer and wife, Brenda and Anthony Shaffer, all of Ellsinore, Mo.; five sisters, Hazel Norita Bilderback and husband, Don, of Evening Shade, Mo., Joan O'Neil and husband, Jack, of Arizona, Debbie Strain and husband, Reggie, of Anacoca, La., Stephanie Wright and husband, Jackie, of Lebanon, Mo., and Cathy Amendy and husband, Stanley, of Gainsville, Ohio; 14 grandchildren, Leeann Lannie, Jackie Overbey, Jr., Jeremy and Natural Cheramie, Nikki, Brittany and Trey Bell, Rickey Bell, Jr., Donald Jones, Michael VanDyke II, David VanDyke and Anthony, Christopher and Matthew Davis and four great-grandchildren, Grace and Jackson Lannie, Garren Overbey and Preston VanDyke.
She was preceded in death by one son, Dusty Lynn Bell; two sisters, Sue McMahan and Loretta Shaffer and three brothers, Michael Ray "Mickey", Richard and Howard Shaffer.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Hayti with Brother Doug Wahls officiating.
Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery at Hayti.
Pallbearers were grandsons, Jackie Overbey, Jr., Jeremy Cheramie, Rickey Bell, Jr., Donald Jones, Michael VanDyke II, David VanDyke, Anthony, Christopher and Matthew Davis and Trey Bell.
John W. German Funeral Home of Hayti was in charge of arrangements.