Kathleen E. Bell, 59, supply company co-owner

January 23, 2004

Kathleen E. Bell, a founder and former co-owner of a Baltimore office supply company, died of a heart attack Jan. 16 at her winter home in Marathon Key, Fla. She was 59.

She was born Kathleen E. Blatchley in Baltimore and was raised in Govans. She graduated in 1963 from the Institute of Notre Dame and worked briefly for the Army Corps of Engineers in Baltimore.

In 1964, she married Joseph George Bell, and the next year the couple established Office Services Inc., which they operated at first from the trunk of their car.

They expanded the business to a small shop and eventually to a site in Canton Industrial Park. Mrs. Bell ordered the inventory and kept the company's books. They closed the business in 1996.

The couple had lived in Bowleys Quarters since 1993 but lost their home to Tropical Storm Isabel and were rebuilding.

"She enjoyed raising her three children and being a grandmother of nine," said a brother, Robert Blatchley of Towson.

Mrs. Bell was a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church, 1704 Old Eastern Ave., Essex, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today.

In addition to her husband, brother and grandchildren, she is survived by her son, Joseph George Bell Jr. of Perry Hall; daughters Susan Sudak of Perry Hall and Bridgette Oppenheimer of Ellicott City; and another brother, Eugene Blatchley of Frederick.

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