10/07/14 11:57am
10/07/2014 11:57 AM
Vivian Bell, right, with her daughter, Catherine Smith, at Ms. Bell's 100th birthday party in 2012. (Credit: Grant Parpan, file)

Vivian Bell, right, with her daughter, Catherine Smith, at Ms. Bell’s 100th birthday party in 2012. (Credit: Grant Parpan, file)

At her 100th birthday party outside Living Water Church in Aquebogue in August 2012, Vivian Bell was the liveliest person in the tent.

She sang. She danced. She hugged. She kissed.

“She’s the happiest person I’ve ever met in my life,” said Ms. Bell’s great-grandson, Ty Wilson, 25, of Wyandanch. “She has the energy of a much younger person.”

Ms. Bell, who was born Vivian Lenore Richardson, exhibited that exuberance right up until the end. She died Sunday afternoon at the age of 102.  (more…)