Beverly Boothby Bell

Beverly “Bebo” Boothby Bell, 89, a lifelong Hinsdale resident, died Feb. 17, 2022.

She was born in Chicago in 1932 to Mary May and Palmer Chase Boothby. Bebo attended and graduated from Hinsdale Central. She received her bachelor’s degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. After college she returned to Hinsdale and began working at Hinsdale Federal Bank where she met her future husband, Robert. They were married at Union Church in Hinsdale in 1957 and built their dream home in town where they raised their two daughters.

Bebo was greatly known in town and loved by many for her friendly outgoing personality. Over the years she was active in many organizations: The Service Club of Chicago, The Hinsdale Humane Society, The Robert Crown Center, Wellness House, The Hinsdale Assembly Board and The University of Chicago Cancer Research Board after the passing of her husband, Robert to cancer. She started a scholarship at Hinsdale Central in his memory, The Robert R Bell Family award, a scholarship for female athletes. Bebo loved to play golf and was a member of the Hinsdale Golf Club.

She is survived by her two daughters, Pamela (Thomas) Gaynes and Sharon (Scott) Ewald; her grandchildren, Bryant (Cortney) Gaynes, Claire (Tyler) Rex, Angela (Chad) Gockman, Amanda (Roberto) Martinez, Michael Carbone, Matthew Miller and Natalie Miller; her great-grandchildren, Palmer and Bauer Gaynes, Carson and Grady Rex, Christian and Johnny Gockman and Briella and Daniella Martinez.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Roy Bell.

Memorials may be made to the Hinsdale Humane Society, 21 Salt Creek Lane, Hinsdale, IL 60521, or online at