Joan (Nash) Bell

Joan (Nash) Bell, 94, of Fairhaven, formerly of Mattapoisett, passed away on Friday, February 21, 2020, at Our Lady’s Haven Nursing Facility. She was the wife of sixty-seven years of the late Warren H. Bell.

            Joan was born in Taunton, the daughter of the late Howard P. Nash Jr. and Alicia (Foster) Nash. As a child she lived in Taunton, Brooklyn, Chicago and Sterling. CT, Andover and Boston. Joan received her bachelors degree in English and Publishing in 1948 from Simmons College and her Master’s degree from Bridgewater in 1965. She was the editor of Skating Magazine which was published in Boston by the USA and Canadian Ice Figure Association. Joan also edited five books her father had written on American History. She and her husband built a home in Mattapoisett on Aucoot Cove, where for years they sailed their Herreschoff 12. Mrs. Bell taught English language skills at the Westport Middle School. Joan was a member of the Unitarian-Universalist Society at the Fairhaven Unitarian Memorial Church and past president of the Women’s Alliance.She loved pets, traveling to Europe and RVing around the United States. Joan and her late husband spent many winters in Florida.

            Survivors are two daughters: Lucinda Mary Lucey of Belchertown and Ardith Joan Bell-Bshara and her husband Mitchell of West End, NC; a grandson: Zackaria Gomes Rezendes Jr; a great grandson: Zackaria Gomes Rezendes III, both of Palmer, MA; several cousins nieces and nephews.

            Following cremation Joan will rejoin her husband in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

            Donations in her memory can be made to any local animal shelter.

            All arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main Street, Fairhaven.

            To send flowers to Joan’s family, please visit our floral section.

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