Mary A DeBord Bell

December 12, 1919 ~ August 30, 2021 (age 101)


Mary A. DeBord Bell, (101), of Banning, CA and formerly of Terre Haute, IN passed away August 30, 2021.  She was born December 12, 1919 in Terre Haute, IN to Elisha Hagans and Clara Hagans.


Survivors include her children, Mary Ellen DeBord Goralsky (Nicholas) of Banning, CA., Judith DeBord Trester (Ross) of Westlake Village, CA, John Ellis DeBord (Patty) of Reno, NV, and Anne O'Connor Allen is from La Quinta, CA;  and three step-daughters: Constance O’Connor of Mountain Home, Arkansas, Anne Roy is from Roseburg, Oregon, and Roberta Walsh of Chesterfield, MI. Also surviving are a brother, Jerry Hagans (Carole) of Hemet, CA;  a sister-in-law, Frances DeBord of Terre Haute;  13 grandchildren;  13 great-grandchildren;  a nephew, Robert DeBord and a niece, Carol Ann Reynolds (John).  Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Ellis DeBord, Wm. S. O’Connor, and Laughlan R. Bell; and a brother,  Floyd Hagans.


Mary was multitalented in many areas. She will be remembered for her artistic talents as she produced numerous paintings as well as china painting later in her life. Each of her children have some of her artwork in their homes. She was physically fit and walked five miles per day most of her senior years and worked out regularly with the Jack LaLanne program in her younger years.  Her sense of humor was contagious to everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.


A Memorial Mass was held on September 8th,  in Banning, CA for immediate family members. Celebration of Life will be held on October 23, 2021 at Sun Lakes Country Club in Banning, CA. where Mary lived for almost 30 years. Burial services will be conducted at l:00 pm on Wednesday, Sept.15 at Calvary Cemetery in Terre Haute with a catholic priest officiating.  Arrangements are under the direction of Greiner Funeral Home, 2005 North 13th St, Terre Haute, IN. Funeral information may also be found at

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Memorial Mass
September 8, 2021

12:29 PM
America Legion (Wabash Ave Terre Haute)

Celebration of Life
September 15, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sun Lakes Country Club (Calvary Cemetery, Terre Haute)

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