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Christine K. Bell

Mapleton – Christine K. Bell, 72, of Mapleton, passed away at 5:12 AM on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Farmington Country Manor. She was born on May 22, 1947 to Paul and Nona (Fryman) Emerson. She married Tom Bell on September 22, 1973 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Peoria; he survives.

Also surviving is her mother, Nona; two children, Kim (Dave) Smith of Edwards, IL and Tim (Jill) Bell of Mapleton, IL; four grandchildren, Olivia, Rachel, Aidan and Anna Bell; and one brother, Gary Emerson of WI.

Christine was preceded in death by her father.

Christine worked at Toys ”R” Us. She was a member of the American Legion Post #979 Women of Auxiliary and Daughters of American Revolution. Christine loved gardening, genealogy, and she enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren. 

Services will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville, IL. Rev. Kevin Van Tine will officiate. Burial will follow at Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria, IL. A visitation will be held from 5-8 PM on Monday, October 28, 2019 at the funeral home. Memorials can be made to Toys for Tots or Susan G. Komen. To view Christine’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to


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  • robert choate

    Reply October 24, 2019 6:04 am

    Tom & family. So sorry to read about Christine’s passing. Although I only met her once or twice, she always had a smile and a good sense of humor. May God comfort you and your family during these sad times and bless you all in years to come.

  • Sharon Resler

    Reply October 24, 2019 9:25 am

    Loved working with Chris at Toys R Us. She’ll be greatly missed by her family. Miss you.

  • Keith McMillan

    Reply October 24, 2019 10:03 am

    A joy to work with at Toys ‘R Us. Always enjoyed talking to her when she came in to do night stock.

  • Connie Richmond

    Reply October 24, 2019 2:04 pm

    My heart is broken, I’ll miss seeing my friend when I travel back to Illinois. MHS class of 1965 has someone special.

    • Linda Price

      Reply October 28, 2019 10:24 am

      Dearest Tom, I was very saddened to hear of Christine’s passing. I know it’s been a heart breaking journey for you & your dear family. Please know that she now rests in peace and you’ll always have your wonderful memories of a good life together. My prayers for you & your family for strength during your journey now without you dear Christine. Love to all of you Tom. Joe & Linda Price.

  • Denny Crowell

    Reply October 24, 2019 2:30 pm

    Chris was a special person and will truly be missed!

  • James (Doc) Stafford

    Reply October 24, 2019 9:06 pm

    I offer my condolences to the family. She will be missed. My friend and classmate, 1965.


    Reply October 24, 2019 9:55 pm

    So sorry to hear of the passing of our dear Manual classmate Chris! Our thoughts and prayers are going up for the family.
    Please know that God will give you strength and will see you through this painful time! Trust Him!
    Ruby Jones Ware

  • Debbie McCormick

    Reply October 25, 2019 7:48 am

    Tom and your family, I am so sorry for your loss. Knowing Chris from working with her at Clifton, Larson Allen was the start of a great friendship. From concerts, last with Bob Seger! To moving our office numerous times by ourselves at Caterpillar. The love she has for her grandchildren is amazing. I will personally love and miss her. Please let me know of anything I can do for you.

  • Betsy Koch

    Reply October 25, 2019 12:10 pm

    I had the pleasure of working with Chris for many, many years starting at Toys R Us and ending at Clifton Larson Allen. She was an awesome lady, who will be greatly missed.

  • Jan Moody

    Reply October 26, 2019 2:54 pm

    I learn to know Chris at Pleasant Valley School … she could really make good popcorn for the kids .. Mrs. Moody former bkkpr. at the school… So sorry for your loss… Jan Moody

  • Bernie and Brenda Lee

    Reply October 29, 2019 11:32 am

    We are saddened to learn of the passing of Chris. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom, Kim, Tim and the entire Emerson and Bell families. The Lord has taken her home and her suffering is finally over.
    God Bless the families and May her Soul Rest In Peace.

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