Rema Bell was born on July 31, 1947 in Anderson, South Carolina to the parents of John Henry Crawford and Ella Mildred Wiley. Irene as we all know her was the second of her mother’s three children.
Irene came to Boston, MA at the age of 11. She graduated from Girls High School. Irene was employed for a while at DuPont Company and Massachusetts General Hospital. Due to her chronic asthma she became a stay at home mom to her two sons Gary and Gregory. She has also been the caretaker to a host of children and their children, especially Deandre, Dakwain, Dasha, Wesley and Deante whom she dearly loved.
Rema (Irene) is survived by her husband Charles Lewis Bell of Boston, MA., her son Gary Bell (Iris) and Gregory Bell who preceded her in death. Her grandchildren Naiesha, Samantha, Aniamani, Jordan and Jacara, three great grandchildren, her siblings MaryAnn Wiley of Boston, MA., Johnnie Mae Crawford, Catherine Crawford, Henry Crawford, Mamie Crawford, Tony Faire of South Carolina and Tony Matthews of Florida. Nephew Walter Wiley, cousin Linda Bryant and dearest friend Deborah Jackson and a host of family, friends that will dearly miss her.
There will be a Viewing on Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 11:00 to 12:00 noon followed by Funeral Service at 12:00 noon at Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church 111 Harvard Street, Dorchester, MA 02124
Final disposition: St. Michael Crematory, Boston, MA
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Riley-Antoine Funeral Home