This piece was from an exercise focusing on writing a fictional obituary. Written fall 2016.
Former astronaut Clare A. Bell dies
Clare A. Bell, the first woman to set foot on the moon, died Friday at Miami Valley Hospital after a short illness. She was 69.
A native to Dayton, Miss Bell joined the U.S. Air Force and became a pilot in 1975. She later became an astronaut and was known for being the first woman to set foot on the moon in 1992. Last year, she retired after 20 years as director of the National Aviation Hall of Fame.
Miss Bell was very active in Dayton’s community. She was a former president of the Dayton Rotary Club and the Dayton Junior League. At the time of her death, she was serving her second term as a member of the University of Dayton’s board of trustees.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Routsong Funeral Home in Kettering.
She is survived by four brothers, Liber T. Bell and Tinker Bell, both of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Albert Bell of Cleveland, Ohio, and Alexander G. Bell of Baltimore, Maryland; a sister, Silver Bell of Dayton; 2 nieces, and 4 nephews.
The family is requesting that any donations be made to the National Museum of the United States Air Force.