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Carole Janet (Carr) Bell

July 20, 1943 ~ December 31, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old

Carole Bell Obituary


Mrs. Carole Janet (Carr) Bell passed away unexpectedly at R.I. Hospital in Providence on Sunday, December 31, 2023. Carole was born on July 20, 1943, the second child of Benjamin N. Carr, Sr. and Vera Harvey Carr Wooden.

Carole was a dedicated life-long member of Bethel A.M.E. Church on Rochambeau in Providence, RI. She was baptized as an infant in 1943 when Bethel was on Meeting St. in Providence. Carole was a devoted member for 80 years. She was a member of the Junior and Senior Usher Boards, Children’s Choir, Steward and Stewardess Boards, Trustee Board, and member of the Lay Society. To support Bethel’s fundraising endeavors, Carole was very instrumental in organizing bus trips to New York to take in Broadway plays.   

Carole attended public schools in Providence and graduated from Hope High School in 1961. She was an extremely intelligent student and excelled in her studies. After graduating, Carole attended Rhode Island College majoring in Education.

In July of 1963, Carole married the love of her life, Henry E. Bell, Sr. From that union, they were blessed with two wonderful children, Henry E. Bell, Jr. and Lynne Denise Bell. Carole wanted the best for them, consequently, she worked hard to ensure that her children had the opportunity to develop to their highest potential. She was adamant regarding their educational pursuits. Henry graduated from La Salle Academy High School, Clark University (B.A.), and Suffolk University (M.B.A). Lynne graduated from The Wheeler School and attended the University of Rhode Island.

In 1965, Carole began her professional career at Bell Telephone Company in Providence as a telephone operator. She was ambitious and looked for opportunities to improve her job status. Carole was chosen by her co-workers to represent them as a Shop Steward. Eventually, Carole pursued the position of a Civil Engineer with the company. She was tenacious and passed all of the tests necessary to qualify for the promotion. Carole was extremely proud of her accomplishments and let all of the family and her friends know that she was “An Engineer”! After 30 years of employment, Carole retired from Bell Telephone in 1995.

For over 30 years Carole was an active and committed member of the Board of the West End Community Center. In fact, she was one of the original board members. As a board member, Carole served in many positions and capacities: Vice-President, Secretary, and Personnel Committee Member. She was responsible for hiring several of the directors and also served as Co-Director with her long-time friend, Priscilla Mello. Carole worked diligently on the West End’s Expansion Project. Over the years, she has promoted and advocated for many fundraising projects. 

Carole was a proud member of Queen of Sheba #1, Order of the Eastern Star, PHA.

She also was inducted into the Daughters of Isis in 1992.

Family was very important to Carole. She was extremely devoted and protective of her parents, children, siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family members.  In difficult situations, Carole could always be counted upon to assist in any way possible.

When her Mother, Vera Wooden, passed away in 2005, Carole assumed the duties of family hostess. The family has many fond memories of fun-filled 4th of July picnics in her backyard with delicious food, Bid Whist, sporting activities, and swimming.  Carole hosted Super Bowl Sundays with her World-Famous Lasagna! She also loved celebrating the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays with family and would generously open her home to family, friends, out-of-state students, and others who were away from home for the holidays.

Carole spent many years traveling the world. She explored quite a few U.S. States, visited multiple European countries, and traveled to Africa. She was incredibly outgoing and loved meeting new people. Her deep and abiding commitment to family meant that any time she traveled or met someone from Florida, Alabama, or any other place where she had relatives, she would question her new “friend” seeking to discover a family connection. Needless to say, Carole had many  “Aunts”, “Uncles”, “Cousins”, “Nieces”, and “Nephews”!

Carole had an unwavering Devotion to her Sister, Vera Louise Carr. Louise has been at Steere House for the past 7 years and Carole was determined to visit her at least 2-3 times a week. She was also a staunch advocate for her sister’s care. Carole would not hesitate to inform the staff and administrators that Louise was entitled to respect and the best of care. 

Carole was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Brother, Ernest W. Carr, Granddaughter, Zola Harper, Nephew, Daryl T. Carr, Stepson, Hammer Vernon Day, Stepsiblings: Leroy Wooden, Jr., Hazel Robinson, Cleo Wooden, Marie DiPina, and Thelma Freeman.

Carole leaves to cherish her memory: her Devoted Son, Henry E. Bell, Jr. (Leigh Mills) of Milton, MA, and Beloved Daughter, Lynne D. Bell of Providence, RI. Stepsons:  Henry E. Bell, Providence, RI, Robert Bell, No. Prov., RI, Ken Bell (Maraquel), Austin, TX, Kyle Bell, Cranston, RI, Luke Greene (Denise), Lilburn, GA. Grandchildren:  Jenea C. Harper (Bobbie), Johnston, RI, Carolynne A. Ford, Pawtucket, RI, Georgia Bell, Milton, MA, Mayalynea V. Bell, Cranston, RI, Hope Bell, Milton, MA. and Great Grandson, Xavier Harper, Johnston, RI. Her siblings: Vera L. Carr, Providence, RI, Benjamin N. Carr, Jr. (Brenda), Providence, RI, Uncle, Ernest Bailey, Leesburg, FL, Stepbrothers: Bradley Wooden, Seekonk, MA, Harvey and Raymond Wooden, AZ, Lawrence Wooden, MA, and Stepsister: Marva Wooden, Cambridge, MA.  

Carole had a special place in her heart for her Dear Friend, Mary E. Morse, Providence, RI. She also adored her Godsons/Nephews: Benjamin N. Carr, III, Baltimore, MD, and Joseph Wooden, Jacksonville, AK. In addition, Carole leaves to mourn her passing, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.




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January 8, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Olney Street Baptist Church
100 Olney Street
Providence, RI 02906

Funeral Service
January 8, 2024

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Olney Street Baptist Church
100 Olney Street
Providence, RI 02906


Swan Point Cemetery
585 Blackstone Blvd.
Providence, RI 02906


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