Bettina Arlene Lifgren Bell

Bettina Arlene Lifgren Bell, age 56, of Catskill, N.Y., passed away Nov. 12, 2013, at her new home in Mexia. A Celebration of Life that is open to the public will be held Friday, Dec. 6, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Hudson Firehouse located at 77 N. 7th St. in Hudson, N.Y. Interment will be Dec. 8 with Minister Bob Johnson officiating at Linlithgo Cemetery for family only.

Bettina was born on April 14, 1957, in Stamford, N.Y. to Derwood Keith Lifgren and Hildeguard D. Britton. She graduated high school with her LPN in 1973. Later in life she returned to nursing school and in 1995 graduated with her RN degree. She had many trades and excelled in any profession she chose. She was most recently employed with Pattison, Koskey, Howe & Bucci, CPA, PC, where she worked for the past 17 years. A true Texan at heart, her final accomplishment was the purchase of her dream home in Mexia; nevertheless … she made it!

She effortlessly acted as a role model in countless ways. She had a natural drive, always pushing herself, and believed strongly in leading by example for people to seek out more; encouraging others to be the best to their given potential and to never give up.

Nurturing by nature, she was a mother figure and positively impacted more lives than she ever took credit for or even realized. She humbly inspired with her egoless sense of strength and stability. Her very essence empowered others to strive for more. Her pure selfless nature will sincerely be missed and certainly never be forgotten.

She also believed in accepting life for what it was and enjoying the moments we were given. She enjoyed many aspects of life such as home renovating, traveling, boating, long rides on her husband’s motorcycle, Sudoku, horseback riding, dancing, country music, hosting family events and just spending time with family and friends.

Bettina was preceded in death by her father, father in-law and dear friend Ronald Strang. Survivors include her husband Bruce Puckett, mother Hildegard Britton, sisters Sheryle Charity and Christine Lifgren, sons Tommas Lifgren and Michael Bell; as well as daughter Jaqueline Bell, stepdaughter Rachel Puckett, daughters-in-law Victoria Megiun and Tanya Lynch, son-in-law Kendrick Clarke Sr. and niece Kisha Lifgren; along with six beautiful grandchildren, Kira Lifgren, Hayley Bell, Michael Bell Jr., Kendrick Clarke Jr., Kristyin Clarke and Kameryn Clarke; as well as all of Ma Bell’s children, countless cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, dear friends, Nicola and anyone we may have forgotten.

Visit to sign the guestbook and leave a memorial message for the family. Handling arrangements was Porter Funeral Home, in Mexia.