Theresa (Bell) Bryant

AUBURN – Theresa Bell Bryant, 95, of Lewiston, passed away peacefully Jan. 21, 2023, at Androscoggin Hospice House, with her loving daughter and son at her side.

She was born in Van Buren on Aug. 8, 1927, a daughter of the late Ben and Alia (Lebel) Bell.

Theresa loved to tell stories of younger years and dancing the night away at local big band dances. While kicking up her heels one night, she met the love of her life Donald Bryant who swept her off her feet. They were happily married for 34 years until Donald predeceased her in March 1998. Theresa preferred to be on the go, traveling and staying active. She enjoyed telling how she drove from Maine to California in1945, which was quite a feat for a young 18-year-old without the luxury of GPS.

Theresa was employed at a variety of local businesses including the Bates Mill, Paragon Glass, Owen Moore and the Carriage House. Her favorite being retail as she was known for her fashion sense and was always dressed to the nines. She loved shopping and was always looking for the best sale and biggest bargain.

Theresa was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Patrick’s and Holy Family Churches, attending services weekly.

Theresa was a devoted Nana to her beloved granddaughter Emily with whom she had a special bond. They skipped rope together well into her 80’s, took long walks and enjoyed many shopping trips always filled with laughter. They enjoyed many excursions to the “Ramadas” for the buffet, where she indulged her well known sweet tooth.

She loved her family and enjoyed spending time by the lake. She was always helping friends and family in need and opened her heart and home to all. She will be dearly missed.

She leaves her daughter, Heidi Bryant Jacques of Poland and her husband, Roland and granddaughter Emily Jacques of Denver, Colorado, and her boyfriend Mitchell Spurr; her son Kevin Bryant of Lisbon and his wife, Beth; and four brothers, Kenneth Bell of Mechanic Falls, Herbert Bell of New Hampshire, Normand Bell of Wales and Donald Bell of Texas. She also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Donald Bryant, Jr. as well as her four sisters, Annette Clairmont, Thelma Lapointe, Hilda Tanguay and Lucille Lafrance and four brothers, Gilbert, Fern, Benoit and Reno Bell.

Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Friday January 27, 2023 from 11-1pm followed by a Liturgy of the Word service at 1pm. Interment will take place at Mt. Hope Cemetery in the spring.

You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Theresa’s life by visiting her guest book at

Arrangements are under the care of Albert & Burpee Funeral Home & Cremation Services 253 Pine St. Lewiston, 782-7201.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Theresa’s name can be made to Androscoggin Home Healthcare & Hospice 15 Strawberry Ave.

Lewiston, ME 04240

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