Carrie Sears Bell died at home in Scottsdale, Arizona July 25, 2018, fifteen months after a recurrence of breast cancer. Carrie was born July 29, 1959 in Madison, Indiana. She graduated from Arlington High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois in 1977, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Occidental College in 1981 with a double major in English and American Studies. Carrie played varsity tennis her first two years and was the editor of her college newspaper her junior year.
After graduation she moved to Arizona with her husband-to-be Moe Bell to start a journalism career. She wrote many lifestyle, travel, and people profile articles as Associate Editor of Phoenix Magazine and later as Managing Editor of America West Airlines Magazine. After the birth of her first child, she continued to work as a freelance writer and editor. Later in her career, Carrie wrote two books- Grit and Grace, Fighting Breast Cancer One Step at a Time and a mystery novel titled Merely Bones.
Carrie was an avid hiker and mountaineer. She was the sixteenth woman to reach the high point of each of the 48 continental U.S. states, which included the mountaineering challenges of Mount Rainier in Washington, Gannet Peak in Wyoming, and Granite Peak in Montana. She climbed Mount Kilimanjaro three years after completing therapy for breast cancer. She loved the Grand Canyon and hiked rim-to-rim-to rim eighteen times, the final time with metastatic cancer in her spine and liver.
Carrie is survived by her daughter Emily, son Brian, husband Moe, brother Jay, sister Danni and parents Mary Ann Rowland and Phil Sears. A memorial service will be held Saturday August 11th at Saint Barnabas on the Desert Episcopal Church in Paradise Valley, Arizona.