Paris mourns prominent business woman

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PARIS, Tex. (KXII) -- Margie Bell was a Lamar county native who helped found the Nathan Bell Real Estate and Property Management company over 70 years ago.

Bell passed away early Monday morning after an almost year-long battle with cancer.

At the time of her death, she owned and managed 190 doors in Paris and was known as strong-willed yet fair by those who worked closely with her.

Bell handled the investment side of the business for many years before her husband passed away in 1992 and held superior roles to men in the company at a time when women did not typically do so.

Bell was 97 years old.

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