BELLA LERNER, 85, a native Houstonian, passed away Thursday, July 31, 2003. She was one of ten children born to Sam and Molly Cook on June 24, 1918. Her husband Bennie, died on August 14, 1991. Bella is survived by her children Samuel Lerner, Nathan and Araceli Lerner, Dena and Steve Smolins; her grandchildren; her sisters Rose Kelly, Ruth Ullrich, Minnie Oshman, Sophie Finkelstein; sisters-in-law Clara Cook, Georgia Cook, Sarah Hanovich, Camille Lerner and Rosalie Lerner. After marriage and raising a family, she worked many years for the JC Penny Co. until her retirement in 1983. When she was healthy, she was very active. She enjoyed people, reading, crossword puzzles, and spending time with her family. Graveside services will be Friday, August 1, 2003, at 4:00 P.M. at Emanu El Memorial Park Cemetery at 8341 Bissonnet. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of choice.