Constance Louise Bell Thompson, 91, a long-time resident of Weirton, passed away peacefully on the morning of Friday, December 22, 2023. For the past seven years, Connie had been a well cared for and much loved resident of Hope Cottage at Serra Manor.
Born on February 27, 1932,in Pittsburgh, Pa., Connie was the third of four children of the late Rosanna Catherine and Winfield Scott Bell. Connie’s beloved brother, The Honorable John Frederick Bell (Janet), of Washington, Pa. survives her. Her brother, Winfield Scott Bell, Jr., and her sister, Alida Jean Comko, predeceased her. Several nieces and nephews also survive with whom Connie always enjoyed spending time.
At a young age, Connie’s family moved to Fairmont, WV, where Connie graduated West Fairmont High. Shortly thereafter, while working in a doctor’s office, she met her future husband, Richard M. (Dick) Thompson, and the two were married in 1950. Dick’s banking career took them to various locations in the Ohio Valley until they settled in Weirton in 1964. They were married for thirty-seven years until Dick’s untimely death in 1987.
A faithful volunteer to her beloved Weirton community, Connie was a recognized 50-year volunteer for the Weirton Medical Center Auxiliary. She was also a founding member of the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center. Sharing her love of the Weirton area with museum visitors brought her much joy. Her additional volunteer efforts were as a member of the Weirton Women’s Club and numerous activities that supported the local hospital. Before her failing health, she was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, serving as an elder.
Connie loved the game of golf and spent many happy days on the golf course at Williams Country Club with family and friends. Although her high golf handicap rarely improved over her many years of play, her love of the game never waned as she was with her friends, the most important part of the game she often stated.
Playing bridge was her other great passion. From ladies’ bridge to couples’ bridge clubs, those were her favorite times. She entertained often in her home with bridge clubs, dinner parties or backyard gatherings with family and friends. She took great pride and pleasure in entertaining. In her later years, Connie was most often found on her front porch waving and chatting to all who walked by. She loved her Palisades Drive neighborhood.
In addition to her brother, Connie will be remembered with love by her two children, Richard S. Thompson of Houston, Texas and Jane T. Coyle (Thomas) of Charlotte, North Carolina; four grandchildren, Thomas C. G. Coyle, III (Annemarie) of Charlotte, Kate T. Tankersley (Justin) of Houston, Richard Tully Coyle (Ilena) of Charlotte, and Virginia Catherine DeWitt (Brendan) of Denver, Colorado; seven great-grandchildren, Adelaide Bell DeWitt, Georgia Marie Tankersley, Thomas C.G. Coyle, IV, McAllen Christopher DeWitt, Marion Jane Coyle, Charlotte Elsas Coyle, and Josephine Louise Coyle.
Connie Lou was loved by all and will be dearly missed.
Private funeral services will be held at the Greco Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton.
The Thompson family is thankful to the staff at Hope Cottage for the tender care and attention given to Connie in her last years: Rhonda Quattrochi, Stephanie Zagula, Doreen Prevost and others –angels all.
Memorials, if one so chooses, may be made to The Serra Foundation 2525 Pennsylvania Avenue Weirton, WV 26062 or to Valley Hospice valleyhospice.org or to the organization that is special to your heart.
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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Constance L. "Connie" Bell Thompson 's name.
The Serra Foundation
2525 Pensylvania Avenue