Catherine Bell was a founding member of the Denton Women's Interracial Fellowship (DWIF), attending the group's meetings in 1964. She was determined to raise her son in a world where race does not determine access to opportunity.
Catherine went on to become an outstanding member of the Denton community with lifelong civic action. She worked for decades with Denton Independent School District's special needs students, and remained active after retirement through the district's Grandparents in Public Schools Program. Bell Elementary School in Denton is named in her honor. She served as President of the Denton NAACP and established the city's Martin Luther King Jr. celebration and parade, and was a member of the Denton Parks and Recreation Board.