Elva Bell was the first Black guidance counselor at Harding Junior High and Abington Senior High.
Bell died Sept. 6, 2011. She was 89.
She earned a bachelor’s degree at Cheyney University and a master’s degree from Temple University. She was active in her church’s Sunday School, Church Council and social ministry, was the altar flower coordinator and organized two blood drives a year.
Bell was a member of the Abington School District Human Relations Advisory Council, United Neighbors of Willow Grove, Black Women’s Educational Alliance of Montgomery County, the Willow Grove NAACP, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., the Crisis Response Team of Abington Township “No Place for Hate” organization and the Dickens Auxiliary of the Women’s Board of Abington Hospital.
She is survived by her son, Howard Jr.; daughter, Linda; and three grandchildren.
Condolences can be offered September 19 starting at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2086 Parkview Avenue, Abington, Pa. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to one of her favorite charities of her church.
Auer Cremation Services of Pa., Inc. handled the arrangements.