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Elise Margarete Bell

Elise Margarete Bell, born on December 13, 1969, passed away peacefully with her husband by her side from complications of a stroke on November 9, 2023.

She was an adoring people person and animal lover, always seeking to assist those in need. She and her husband shared a passion for the ocean and horseback riding, finding joy in every adventure. Those that knew her best appreciated her kindred spirit, loving heart, and ability to light up a room.

Elise is survived by her husband Matthew John Bell, Sr .; sons Jeremiah Freeman Leiste (Angela), Matthew "Harry" John Bell, Jr., and grandson Jeremiah Walter Leiste-Hanson; fur babies Oreo, Smudgie, Maggie, Blaze, Skyla, Big Girl, Little Man, Zena, Monkey, T'peeks'skin, Snap Snap, Keesha, and Tilly Blue Moon; step-mother Brenda Leiste; siblings Linda Meixsel (Perry), Wilfried Leiste (Lisa), and Christopher Leiste (Amy); and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother Marion Przybylek, her father Walter Leiste, and brother-in-laws Walter Henry, III and Edward "Sonny" Henry.

Funeral services were held on Monday, November 20, 2023 at the Squaxin Island gymnasium. There is a GoFundMe page to benefit Elise's surviving husband with medical and funeral expenses for those wishing to make a donation (


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