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Juneau resident Teresa "Tess" Anne Bell, 54, died from a massive heart attack March 26, 2006, at her home in Douglas.
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She was born on Jan. 3, 1952, in Jacksonville, Fla. A Juneau resident since 1981, she was a barber at Sportsman Barber Shop and Troy's Barber Shop, and a receptionist for Juneau Alliance for Mental Health (JAMHI). In addition to JAMHI, she participated in civic organizations such as the Glory Hole and Alcoholics Anonymous. She was also a graduate of Barber College in Spokane, Wash.
According to family members, she enjoyed barbering and was a good listener. They said she was a loving mother and grandmother, who "always did her best for her children," and her grandson, Casan, learned most of his first words from her.
"As a true Christian, Teresa was kind-hearted, forgiving, generous and especially compassionate with others who were suffering misfortune," family members said.
She is survived by her daughters, Kayla Bell of Douglas and Michelle Bell of Douglas; grandson, Casan Lowenstein of Douglas; son, Greg Bell of Douglas; mother, Lucille (Walt) Catling of Spokane, Wash.; sister, Kris Stein of Gainsville, Fla.; brothers, Bill Blaine of Spokane and Ché Blaine of Orcas Island, Wash.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 2, 2006, at the JAMHI lodge, 3406 Glacier Highway (first right past Salmon Creek Bridge).
Memorial contributions may be sent to JAMHI, 3406 Glacier Highway, Juneau, AK, 99801.