Bella passed away Sunday, May 21, 2023 at Kauhale Assisted Living in Otsego.
She was born July 22, 1930 in London, England, the daughter of William and Alice (Daniels) Axam. She worked at several area retail stores over the years retiring from Steketee’s. Bella was a skilled seamstress. She made many outfits for her children, did alterations and for many years altered uniforms for the Otsego High School band. She enjoyed traveling, going out for dinner, gardening, baking and journaling.
Bella was a member of the First Congregational Church of Otsego and together with her special friends was part of the “Golden Girls”. On December 28, 1957 in Lakeview she married Donald DuBois who passed away in 2021.
Surviving are her daughters, Kim (Wayne) Rayburn, Tracey (Rick) Hurdelbrink and Julie (Mike) Smith; grandchildren, Cari (Brent) Milhiem, Kellie (Paul) Lemmer, Whitney Reed, Abbie (Brad) Lietzke, Jessica (Jacob) Lewis, Jennifer (Tim) Lieber, Ethan and Evan Hermenitt; 10 great-grandchildren; special sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Woodstock; special niece, Laura Riddell and special nephews, Vic (Sandra) and Mike (Jan) both of England.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; infant son, John and siblings, Tom, Doug, Mae and Dolly.
According to her wishes cremation has taken place.
Burial of ashes for both Don and Bella will take place at 9:00 A.M., Saturday, July 22, 2023, at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego.
Following the burial, friends may visit with Bella’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., at the First Congregational Church of Otsego, until the time of the memorial service at 11:00 A.M., with family officiating.
Contributions in memory of Bella may be made to the First Congregational Church of Otsego.
Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.