Claudia Mae Bell “Nanny”, 90, of Springfield, MA (formerly of St. Augustine, FL) was born December 9, 1930 to Nora Copeland & Harold Nichols in Jasper, Florida. She grew up in Ft Myers, FL. Claudia met the Reverend Cleveland Bell, and they were married at Kissimmee Baptist Church. After marriage they relocated to St. Augustine FL. In her early years she was the First Lady of Antioch Baptist Church and the Mother of the Church in her later years. She earned her Nursing Certificate from The Nursing Institute in Orlando, FL. Claudia was a very compassionate person who would care for the elderly and sick in the community. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in eternal rest by her son, Hebert Bell; siblings Leonard Nichols, Esau Nichols, Mary Nichols –Johnson; honorary children Herbert and Jewel Mae Nichols; grandchildren Tyrone Porter, Selena Boatwright, Cebron Jackson; great-grandchildren Kaylei Bell, Quincey Bell; Nephew Willie Nichols. Sharing the sadness of her departure sons, Jeremiah Bell Sr., (Catherine) James Bell, Benjamin Bell Sr., Ronnie Bell, Jerome Bell of St. Augustine, FL, Joshua (Marcia) Bell of Springfield, MA, Honorary son Charlie Nichols. Daughters Mae Ollie Bell, Sandra Bell of Springfield MA, Elizabeth Bell, Brenda Bell of St. Augustine FL, Honorary children Tyronia Bell, Beverly Nichols Brooks. She also leaves to mourn 21 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren,7 great-great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. The Bell Family will receive extended family, friends, and the community on Friday, January 22, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church St. Augustine, Fl. The Homegoing celebration will be 12 noon on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Antioch Baptist Church, Pastor Early Brown Faith Temple Holiness Church, Eulogist.
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