Bio: Osborne, Mary Ann "Marion " Bell (1903 - 1983)

 

Contact: stan@wiclarkcountyhistory.org

 

Surnames: Bell, Judas, Kaufman, Hedding, Fitzmaurice, Channey, Osborne, Giloy, Krueger, Juliusson

 

----Sources: Clark County, Wisconsin Family History Collection ©, Federal Census Records, Taylor and Clark County Marriage Records, Wisconsin State Records

Marion Bell was born in Humbird, Mentor Twp., Clark Co., Wisconsin, to John Anton and Helena Margaret "Lena" (Judas) Bell. She attended schools in the Humbird area, graduating from the Humbird High School. She attended the Eau Claire State College in Wisconsin and the Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Chicago and graduated from Mt. Sinai Hospital School of Nursing, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was appointed a Missionary of the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society in September, 1936. Marion Bell, R.N. reached the Scott-Threscher Memorial Hospital at Kakchieh, an island in Swatow Bay, South China in 1937 only a few months before the Japanese Invasion. She began work immediately, learning the language as she went along. She began to develop public health programs in nearby villages. As the war situation worsened, the hospital facilities were over taxed with war victims. However, the Baptist hospital remained open until forced to close.

Miss Bell was able to leave China for a regular furlough in 1941. It was 1946 before she was able to return. She filled the interval with special studies, earning her B.S. in degree at Columbia University in New York City.

In addition to this B.S. degree, she earned a Master's degree from DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois.

Returning to China in 1946, Marion Bell went to Kityang to serve in the Bixby Memorial General Hospital. The number of patients continued to be unusual. Nevertheless, trained nurses treated patients, and delivered the gospel of Jesus Christ to willing ears. Marion returned to the United States from China in 1952.  September, 1953, she married Azure Osborne and served her active connections with the society. After that time she held several positions in the field of nursing education and became director of the School of Nursing at the Grant Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

Mr. and Mrs. Osborne returned to Humbird in 1965, moving to the old home place northeast of Humbird. She and Azure were active members of the United Church of Christ in Humbird and were dedicated serving God.  She died December 6, 1983 at Humbird, Wisconsin and Azure passed away January 17, 1984.  They are both buried in the Mentor Township Cemetery, Clark County, Wisconsin.

1905 Wisconsin State Census, Rib Lake town, Taylor, Wisconsin, family # 35, page # 206, line # 97

Mary Bell, single, white, female child
place of birth: parent 1: Germany
place of birth: parent 2: Germany

Household Members
self John Bell M 30y (1875 - Wisconsin)
wife Lena Bell F 23y Wisconsin
Phillip Bell M 5y Wisconsin
Alice Bell F 4y Wisconsin
Mary Bell F 2y (1903 - Wisconsin)

1910 Federal Census, Mentor, Clark, Wisconsin, family # 136, pg. # 6

John Bell, married, white, male
father's birthplace: Germany
mother's birthplace: Germany

Household Members
Head: John Bell M 36y Wisconsin
Wife: Lena Judas Bell F 28y Massachusetts
Son: Phillip Bell M 10y Wisconsin
Duaghter: Alica Bell F 8y Wisconsin
Duaghter: Mary Ann Bell F 6y Wisconsin
Duaghter: Marcella Bell F 4y Wisconsin
Duaghter: Edna Bell F 2y Wisconsin
Duaghter: Helen Bell F y 1m Wisconsin

1920 Federal Census, Mentor, Clark Co., Wisconsin

John Bell, married white, male
residence: , Clark, Wisconsin
estimated birth year: 1875
age: 45
birthplace: Wisconsin
relationship to head of household: Self
gender: Male
race: White
marital status: Married
father's birthplace: Poland
mother's birthplace: Poland

Household Members
self John Bell M 45y (1875 - Wisconsin)
wife Helan Bell F 38y Massachusetts
Son Philip Bell M 20y Wisconsin
Duaghter: Alice Bell F 17y Wisconsin
Duaghter: Mary Bell F 16y Wisconsin
Duaghter: Mariella Bell F 14y Wisconsin
Duaghter: Edna Bell F 12y Wisconsin
Duaghter: Helan Bell F 9y Wisconsin
Duaghter: Regna Bell F 7y Wisconsin
Duaghter: Josephine Bell F 6y Wisconsin
Duaghter: Ruth Bell F 3y9m Wisconsin
 

1930 Federal Census, Mentor, Clark, Wisconsin, enumeration district # 0028, family # 78, sheet number and letter: 4A, line # 27

 

John A Bell, white, married, male
father's birthplace: Germany
mother's birthplace: Germany

Household Members
Head John A Bell M 54  (1876 - Wisconsin)
Spouse Lena M Bell F 49 (1881 - Massachusetts), both parents born in Germany
Daughter Marian Bell F 25 (1905 - Wisconsin)
Daughter Helen M Bell F 19 (1911 - Wisconsin)
Daughter Regena Bell F 18 (1912 - Wisconsin)
Daughter Josephine Bell F 16 (1914 - Wisconsin)
Daughter Ruth Bell F 13 (1917 - Wisconsin)
Son Arthur Bell M 8 (1922 - Wisconsin)

 

Wisconsin Death Records

 

Marion Osborne
event: Death
event date: 06 Sep 1983
event place: , Clark, Wisconsin
residence: Clark, Wisconsin
certificate number: 020465

 

Azure Osborne
event: Death
event date: 17 Jan 1984
event place: Clark, Wisconsin
residence: Clark, Wisconsin
certificate number: 000614

 

Family Notes


Name: Philip John Bell
Born: 02 Nov. 1899 at: Rib Lake, Taylor County, Wisconsin
Married: Abt. 1928 at: 1
Died: 14 May 1984 at: Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida 1
Spouses: Mildred Channey
 

Name: Alice Bernice Bell
Born: 31 Mar. 1901 at: Rib Lake, Taylor County, Wisconsin
Married: Abt. 1924 at: Humbird, Clark County, Wisconsin
Died: 04 Jan. 1993 at: Neilsville, Clark County, Wisconsin
Spouses: Sam Fitzmaurice


Name: Mary Anne (Marion) Bell
Born: 08 Dec. 1903 at: Rib Lake, Taylor County, Wisconsin
Married: Abt. 1947 at: 1
Died: Sept. 1983 at: Humbird, Clark County, Wisconsin
Spouses: Azure Osborne


Name: Marcella Frances Bell
Born: 07 Aug. 1905 at: Rib Lake, Taylor County, Wisconsin
Married: 31 May 1930 at: 1
Died: 10 Dec.  1997 at: Omro, Winnebago County, Wisconsin
Spouses: Paul Krueger
Name: Edna Elizabeth Bell
Born: 14 Aug. 1907 at: Rib Lake, Taylor County, Wisconsin
Died: 11 Apr. 1992 at: 1


Name: Helen Margarete Bell
Born: 21 Apr. 1910 at: Humbird, Clark County, Wisconsin
Married: 1947 at: Humbird, Clark County, Wisconsin
Died: Nov. 1981 at: Marshfield, Wood County, Wisconsin
Spouses: William Giloy
 

Name: Regina Bell
Born: 03 Sept. 1911 at: Mentor Township, Clark County, Wisconsin
Married: Abt. 1943 at: 1
Died: Sept. 1986 at: Black River Falls, Jackson County, Wisconsin
Spouses: Oliver Juliusson

Name: Josephine Bell
Born: 10 Oct. 1913 at: Humbird, Clark County, Wisconsin
Died: 23 Feb. 1999 at: Black River Falls, Jackson County, Wisconsin
Spouses: Living Kaufman


Name: Ruth Ellen Bell
Born: 04 Apr. 1916 at: Humbird, Clark County, Wisconsin
Married: Oct. 1939 at: Humbird, Clark County, Wisconsin
Died: May 1991 at: 1
Spouses: Clarence Albert Giloy
Name: Arthur Robert Bell
Born: 31 Oct. 1921 at: Humbird, Clark County, Wisconsin
Died: 13 Sept. 1996 at: 1
Spouses: Living Hedding


Name: Robert Bell
Born: 31 Oct. 1921 at: Clark County, Wisconsin
Died: 13 Sept. 1996 at: Humbird, Clark County, Wisconsin
 

 

 


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