Vivian Bell

Longtime Riverhead resident Vivian Bell died Sunday, Oct. 5. She was 102. 

Vivian Lenore Richardson was born Aug. 5, 1912, in New Jersey to Mary Weeks and Elijah Richardson. She married Melkiah Bell, and resided in Riverhead since about 1948.

Family members said she was very active in the local community; volunteering at the senior center, working with the blind and visiting hospitals. Ms. Bell was an active and faithful member of Living Water Church, where she enjoyed performing in plays. They also said she loved singing and dancing and being “Nana” to all of her grandchildren.

Predeceased by her son, James, Ms. Bell is survived by her daughter, Catherine Smith; her two grandsons, 8 great-grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 11, at 10:30 a.m. at Living Water Church in Riverhead; Pastor George Dupree will officiate. Interment will take place at Riverhead Cemetery.

Arrangements were handled by Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral Home in Riverhead.

Memorial donations may be made to the church.