The U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee has received notification that a donation left in the form of a bequest was included in the will of Elisabeth Bell, a long-time supporter of our cause, who died in December 2012.
Mrs. Bell lived a fascinating and inspiring life. Her giving spirit is evidenced through her act of leaving a financial bequest to the U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee as a way to honor the sacrifice of our veterans and to help advocate for the hospice care so many homeless and terminally ill veterans need. Born in 1926 as Elisabeth Ehrig in Ellefeld, Germany, a relatively small town outside of Berlin, her early childhood was a happy, carefree one – one that ended suddenly with the rise to power of Adolph Hitler and the Nazi party.
The utter devastation and rui caused by Hilter across Germany, Europe, and Russia left an indelible impression on Mrs. Bell. She studied English and worked diligently to support herself in wartime Germany – no small feat. While working as a “coffee girl” at the Berlin Airport, she met Sid Bell, a Master Sergeant in the U.S Air Force, who served during the Berlin Airlift. The two soon married, and moved to the United States. Her husband was soon stationed in Okinawa, Japan, where Mrs. Bell landed a job as a teller for American Express. Speaking impeccable English and German, and some Japanese, and having a head for numbers, Liz soon advanced to management.
From there, she relocated to Texas and then eventually San Francisco for a management job with the Bank of America. She and Sid lived quiet lives in retirement enjoying jazz music, literature, and keeping current on the news of the day until his death in 2001. Mrs. Bell’s gift to the U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee is an unexpected honor to receive.