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Re: Avis LaVaughn Frohock Bell
Posted by: Herbert Gilliland (ID *****6123) Date: October 14, 2011 at 07:38:54
In Reply to: Re: Avis LaVaughn Frohock Bell by Bob Fernald of 53

Hi Herb,

> Avis must have been married 3 times. I assume her marriage to Nathaniel P. Stone was short and ended in divorce as Nate died in 1989.

Ok, I know for a fact that "Stony" died, Vonnie has only ever said "He was the greatest man I ever knew" ... Stony died at a rather young age and I believe was step-parents to the girls.

"Ralphie" Bullock died in one of those 1940s style trucks when it went off the road in Maine. He was 14/15.

> The Maine Archives are missing 1967-1976, so I assume Avis married David Bell during that period.

They may not have actually been married except in spirit or through common law. They had no children together. They owned homes together including some which are today worth far more than they were back then due to their age, location and condition.

> I have Ralph Bullock Jr. son of Avis (1946-1961) buried in Maplewood Cemetary in Lincolnville, Maine

> I think David Bell might be David F Bell...

BELL, DAVID F 05 Jan 1923 - 17 May 1989 age 66

Yes, that is probably him. He was quite a character. I believe he refused to go into a care home, and Vonnie recounted a story that David was put down with morphine at his request. David was an alcoholic, a little abusive, and very animated, vocal person with lots of wry jokes. The David I knew was "round" -- his bald head, his gut - he liked the finer things in life. He told atrocious stories about the Japanese in WWII. In pictures from his 30s/40s, he appears physically fit.

I talked to Vonnie yesterday and she's definitely out of it. It's too bad -- just 5 years ago Vonnie was 100% there, still working even as a volunteer -- and she was slipping when I came to visit her 3 years ago, so we decided it was time for her to get more care. Maine has a high rate of success with its elderly treatment, higher than the average, so I feel good about her stay there despite the fact that she's mentally slipping at least she's in good hands.

The last time I saw her - in her apartment on Village Green Way - she made me breakfast with four eggs, toast, three types of juice, and I think bacon or something. Quite extensive for someone who weighed less than 100 lbs. I bought her a year's supply of vitamins and then they cleared her out of there a few months later. She had an extensive stuffed animal collection and confided that she watched "The Crystal Palace" on TV. I suppose she was always a bit religious, but we spent her 70s and 80s discussing science since I am an atheist. She was very compassionate -- as was her daughter, Patricia, my adoptive mother -- a trait I've always been a fan of.

Vonnie described her father as a person who "drank away the family fortunes", and she was able to tell me some stories about Frohock Mountain, Lincolnville, etc.

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