Helen Bell

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Bell, Helen 86, passed away peacefully at home on January 8, 2017, surrounded by her family. She was born on April 30, 1930 in Boonville, MO, to Harry and Frances Forsee. Helen was the oldest of three children. In 1947, she met Roger Bell on the football field at Kemper Military School, where they were both drum majors of their bands. Roger distinctly remembers that Helen had on a green plaid skirt, black and white saddle shoes, and looked "absolutely beautiful." After some pursuing from Roger, they were married on May 13, 1951. Ten days later, 2nd Lt. Bell reported for duty at the Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. Helen went to work for the commanding officer of the Office of Special Investigations. Her job required a higher security clearance than Roger's, which she found quite amusing and rubbed in, on occasion. Over the next 65 years, they had three daughters, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. They traveled extensively, enjoying many trips together, including frequent vacations to Santa Rosa Beach, FL as a family. Although Helen loved traveling, she was happiest hosting family get-togethers at her home in Wichita. These dinners always included Helen's delicious homemade meals, games and laughter. Helen also loved the holidays and spent weeks preparing large family meals. Each year at Christmas, her family and friends eagerly awaited her delicious homemade cinnamon rolls. Helen is preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Frances Forsee, and son-in-law, Roger Weast. She is survived by her husband, Roger Bell; brother, Ed (Lona) Forsee of Plain City, OH; sister, Joyce (Don) Smith of Johnston, RI; her daughters, Cindy (David) Barnett of Littleton, CO, Jennifer Weast of Wichita and Melissa (Darlan) Mahan of Wichita; grandchildren, Amy (Toby) Steves of Brighton, CO, Zach (Bria) Weast of Wichita, Hunter Weast of Wichita, Madeline Mahan of Oklahoma City, Jessica Mahan of Wichita; and great-grandchildren Abby, Andrew, and Autumn Steves of Brighton, CO, all of whom will miss her dearly. The family would like to thank Tony and Kristina of Kindred Hospice for their care and compassion. The daughters would also like to thank their Dad for being such an exceptional caregiver. He allowed their mom to live out her life at home, which was her wish, and they will be forever grateful. There will be a private family service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established with the (Roger Weast Light the Night Team), 3450 N. Rock Road, #204, Wichita, KS 67226. Downing & Lahey Mortuary West. Online tributes to the family via www.dlwichita.com
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Published in The Wichita Eagle from Jan. 11 to Jan. 12, 2017
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