Paula Jean Bell was born in Lincoln, Nebraska November 29,1950 to Kenneth and Pauline McMahan. Paula was the youngest of four children, she had one sister and two brothers. She grew up and attended Park Elementary School, Everett Junior High School and Lincoln High School. \n\nShe worked various jobs over her lifetime including spending many years working for Lincoln Public Schools where she had many coworkers who became lifelong friends. She also worked at Schaefer’s TV and Appliance center for about 8 years assisting the salesmen. She loved working there and cooking lunches and baked goods for “her guys”. They loved when she cooked for them, as did everyone. She became the owner of Country Sliced Ham and Deli for several years where she could do two of the things she loved, cook and make people happy with her cooking.\n\nShe met and married the love of her life, John Bell. Together with their daughter Stephanie and son Johnny, they had a rich and full life. She loved being a wife and mom and doing all she could do for her family. She was blessed with five grandchildren, Dylan, Jordyn, Baylee, Emy and Milah. She was an amazing grandma/nana to these kids, and they all loved her tremendously. She spent a great deal of time with her grandkids, having them for sleepovers, letting them have friends over, cooking with them, taking them shopping and attending ALL their activities. She and John even took the kids on several vacations over the years. To say she was a committed and loving grandmother is an understatement. \n\nPaula was a very loving mother and grandmother, not just to her children and grandchildren, but to many others. She loved all her nieces and nephews, all her kids’ friends, and grandkids’ friends. Everyone thought of her as a “second mom” or called her grandma. Her large extended family was also important to her. She took care to make each and every one of her family members feel loved. She was also a wonderful friend. She had many dear, close friends in her life and cherished each and every one. \n\nPaula’s cooking was legendary with all who knew her. Everyone had their favorites. Whether it was her runzas, sour cream and noodles, green bean soup, rye bread…. The list goes on and on. People would run up to her at a gathering and ask what she brought so they could be the first to get some! The love of her wonderful german cooking will always be fond memories for us all.\n\nPaula is survived by her husband, John, her daughter Stephanie (Jon), her son Johnny (April), sister Kathy Elfring, brother Jimmy McMahan (Susy), her five grandchildren as well as many loving family members and friends.\n\nShe was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth McMahan, her mother Pauline McMahan and her brother Ron McMahan. \n\nMemorial Service will be held at 11 AM Monday, December 5, 2022, at United Lutheran Church, Lincoln.\n\nMemorials may be donated to The Capital Humane Society or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.