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Grace Ann Simmons-Bell

December 19, 1939 — August 4, 2023

Los Angeles, California

Grace Ann Simmons-Bell, 83, of Los Angeles, California, passed away on August 4, 2023 in Los Angeles, California and was born on December 19, 1939.

Burial is on Friday, September 1, 2023 at 11:00 am at

Mt. Elliott Cemetery

1701 Mt Elliott St, Detroit, MI 48207


Traveling Itinerary for
Grace Ann Simmons-Bell

How Sweet The Sound

Homegoing Destination: "Heaven"
Arrival Date: December 19, 1939 at 8:55 am
Departure Date: August 4, 2023 at 10:30 am

Order of Service

MONDAY, AUGUST 28, 2023 - 1:00 PM

Harrison -Ross Mortuary - View Park
4601 S. Crenshaw Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90043
Officiant: Reverend Dr. W. E. Jenkins

Processional "Amazing Grace" ..... Clergy and Family
Amazing Grace will always be my song of praise

Congregational Hymn..."Jesus Keep Me Near The Cross"
Prayer..... Reverend Dr. Corey Williams

Scripture: 91st Psalm..... Deacon Xerik Bell
Remarks (2 minutes, please) .... Limit 2-3 Guests
Resolution ... from Bethel AME Church, Detroit, MI

Rev. Dr. David R. Jarrett, Sr., Pastor

Musical Selection "God Promised Me A Home Over There"... Jennifer Hudson

Obituary..... Rodney Chester

Eulogy.... Reverend Dr. W. E. Jenkins

Recessional "Take Me To The King"..... Tamela Mann

3425 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90018
Valet parking is available.

Final Resting Place
Mt. Elliott Cemetery

1701 Mt. Elliott St., Detroit, MI 48207


I was born December 19, 1939, in Detroit to parents Johnnie McMillan and Ludora Harnett. I was not your typical girl growing up playing with dolls and dress up. I was a tomboy outside playing with the boys; playing sports and getting all muddy.

Who would have known that a tomboy would transform into such an elegant lady with such style, poise and grace.

I began my career in the beauty industry more than sixty years ago working as a fashion show model for many years, and got my cosmetology license. I loved what I did and was very knowledgeable. Any question you had about hair or skin care, I was your "go to" person.

I relocated to Los Angeles, CA in 1963, where I continued my career in the beauty industry, if not for Covid-19, I would have still been on the job.

I was such a hot commodity that I snagged not one or two but three husbands in my lifetime. My third marriage to Buford H. Bell was the Grand Prix, my golden ticket and may I add very handsome. I not only gained a loving and devoted husband, but I also gained three children and two grandchildren who loved, supported and cared for me until my last day.

I may not have had children of my own, but I was influential in raising and mentoring many. I enjoyed music, attending plays, and concerts and was always ready for a game of bid whist. One fun fact some of you may not know, I never - drove a car a day in my life. But I always kept a gas card, "Triple A" card and Tap card at my disposal in case anyone I rode with needed a helping hand.

I need not name those who loved me during life and will cherish the precious memories we shared.

Gone But Not Forgotten
I would like to be known as an
intelligent woman, a courageous woman,
a loving woman, a woman
who teaches by being.

- Maya Angelou


True Riches
I am rich because I can smile,
And I am rich all the while.
I am rich because I give,
I am rich because I can forgive.
I am rich because I am humble
And I'm not afraid to stumble.
I am rich all day through because
My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
I have you.

Jesus Is My Joy And Peace
Jesus is my sunshine in the morning
He is my gladness through the day.
In the evening He's my comfort.
In the nighttime He's my stay.
For His Spirit never leaves me.
He is my joy and peace.

The family of Grace Ann Simmons-Bell would like to thank you for the
many acts of loving-kindness shown to us during our time of bereavement.
Your thoughtfulness is deeply appreciated and will always be remembered.

Harrison-Ross mortuary • View PARK - FD #551
4601 S. Crenshaw Boulevard I Los Angeles, CA 90043 | 323-584•1230 I

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Friday, September 1, 2023

11:00am - 12:30 pm (Eastern time)

Burial for Grace Ann Simmons-Bell at Mt. Elliott Cemetery

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