Mertigene BellCENTERTOWN, Ky. — Born of Silas Noel Bell and Elizabeth Imogene Kittinger Bell, Mertigene Bell passed quietly in her sleep on Monday, April 25, 2016.

Mr. Silas, Miss Lizzie and sister Betty Jo Bell Nall welcome her at the bridge when she joins them.

A graduate of the Kentucky Baptist Hospital nursing program, she joined the Army Nursing Corps as a lieutenant on graduation. During her WWII Army career, she cared for former presidents Ronald Reagan and Dwight D. Eisenhower at the Green Briar.

She started with GE in 1958 as an industrial nurse. Upon retirement from GE (1986), she continued to care for her aging parents and became more active in her community.

Survivors include two nieces, Jo Caroline Nall and her husband, Jon Saywell, and Linda (Larry) Solger; two great nieces, Catherine Solger and Lizzie (Matt) Melike.

Mertigene was often quoted as saying, "It's sad to have lived and not made the world a better place." This quote, a philosophy she learned from her mother and grandmother, served as her motto as she taught EMT classes in the tri-county area. She was active in both the regions DAC and DAR chapters, Ohio County Hospital Auxiliary and RSVP. Continuing as a volunteer, she was active on the Green River Committee on Aging Board, she served on the TRIAD Board of Directors for the GRADD area.  In Ohio County, she served on the Senior Ohio County Association Board of Directors and was instrumental in the building of the Ohio County Senior Center.

"Volunteering is something you do because you want to, not for the awards." Mertigene received the National Andrus Award and was named the #1 Volunteer in Kentucky by the AARP.

Even in passing, Mertigene continues to influence with memories of her. Celebrating her life. Services will be at 5 p.m. Friday at Bevil Bros. in Beaver Dam with Bro George Darnell officiating. Burial will be in the Bell Cemetery, in Matanzas, Ky. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday and from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers please offer a donation to your favorite charity.

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