ELIZABETH JEANETTE (WORDEN) BELL, 73 died May 21, 2010 at her daughter's home in Whitefield, ME with her family by her side.Born March 21, 1937 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the daughter of Raymond Worden, Sr. and Blanche Hayes. She was raised from birth by her grandmother, Frances Worden whom she affectionally referred to as 'mother'.She attended Philadelphia schools having to leave high school as a senior to become her grandmother's caregiver until her death in 1958, later obtaining her GED. She was a Civil Air Patrol cadet in Bristol, PA serving as a reporter from 1951 ' 1954. During her early teenage years, she was a roller-skating dance champion and appeared on American Bandstand several times. Her family lovingly nick-named her 'Betty Boop' after the cartoon character and became an avid collector of Betty Boop memorabilia from an early age.She met her husband Robert while he was serving in the military at Fort Dix, NJ, and later married him on June 25, 1955. They relocated to New Hampshire after her grandmother's death to settle there and raise their family, and later moved to the Augusta area to start a joint well drilling business with her husband's brothers.She was previously employed by General Electric Corp. in Philadelphia as an executive secretary during high school and before her marriage. She later worked at several nursing homes as a nurses' aid which prompted her to further her nursing education. She went to work for the Augusta Mental Health Institute as a mental health nurse retiring after 33 years of service to enable her to care for her mentally challenged aunt Alma in her home during the last few years of her life.Shortly after Alma's death, she and her husband purchased a winter home in Dade City, Florida and became snowbirds each fall to spring, something she looked forward to each year. She especially looked forward to the warmth of Florida as well as her hobby of finding flea markets and yard sales which took place nearly every day somewhere in her area.Affectionally known as 'Betty', 'Ma Bell' and 'Bell' by her many friends, children and grandchildren's friends, and former AMHI co-workers, she will be fondly remembered for her big heart, giving ways and helping those in need. She was known to 'adopt' many of her AMHI patients and bring them to her home for the weekend or for holidays especially if they did not have family. She always welcomed her children's friends into her home when they needed a place to stay whether it be for a night, a week or even longer. She never said 'no'.Her passions included reading and collecting murder-mystery books especially Perry Mason novels and later sharing that love and swapping books with her good friend, Wanda Shaw; traveling, camping and horse show adventures with her daughter, Bobbette and her children; square dancing with the Pine Cone Reelers in her younger years; hornpout fishing with her husband and sons on Togus Pond as well as fishing for brook trout at their favorite holes; learning and making quilts with her daughter Regina and niece Susie, making quilts for each of her children, grandchildren and for anyone who asked. She will also be lovingly remembered by her family, especially the grandchildren, for her 'creative and inventive' but not always appetizing meal concoctions of which they all have fond memories of.She was pre-deceased in death by her grandmother Frances Worden, father Raymond Worden, Sr., special Aunt Alma Worden, husband Robert L. Bell, Sr., infant son Edwin, and 'son' Gilbert S. Bell, Jr. killed in action during the Vietnam War, and granddaughter Robynn M. Hayden.She leaves behind her children, daughters O. Bobbette (Bobbie) Hayden-Ladd of Augusta, Regina Ann Mellor and husband, John of Whitefield, sons Raymond E. Bell of Vassalboro, and Robert L. Bell, Sr., of Augusta; beloved grandchildren Aimee (Hayden) Rodriques and husband Joseph of Boothbay, Meaghan (Hayden) Thornton of Augusta, Raymond (Ray-Ray) Doughty of Vassalboro, Crystal Doughty of Augusta, Alysia Marston and husband Ron of South China, T J Doherty of Augusta, Christopher, Codey and Shania Bell of Augusta; Annie Mellor of Whitefield, and Dustin Mellor and wife Brie of Windsor; great grandchildren Arianna, Keara, Riley, Hayden, Camden, Kayden, Colby, Noah and Kiley; step-mother Peg Worden of Fowler, CO and sister-in-law Marie Bell, Chelsea, along with several nieces and nephews as well as her constant canine companions, Chico, Holly and Dolby.The family wishes to express a very special and heartfelt thank you to her granddaughter, Annie Mellor for her constant devotion and compassion in helping to care for her grandmother during the last months of her life, and a very sincere thank you goes to the wonderful and caring personnel at HealthReach Hospice.At her request, there will be no public memorial service. Graveside services will be held Friday, May 28, 2010 at Fairview Cemetery in Jefferson at 2 pm with gathering immediately following at the Riverside Masonic Lodge #135, Washington Rd, Jefferson, ME. Arrangements are under the care of Staples Funeral Home, 53 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner and Gracelawn Cremation Services, Auburn.