Margaret R. "Squeaky" (Bell) Vance
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Margaret "Squeaky" R. (Bell) Vance
February 18, 2021
Wichita, Kansas - 66, passed away on February 18, 2021, due to Covid-19 complications. "Squeaky" graduated from Bishop Carroll HS in '72 and earned her Bachelor's degree in speech and journalism from Creighton University. She became the first female in broadcast sales in the Wichita market, creating the drive to become a fierce competitor among her counterparts. She was in media sales for over forty years and part of the "Media B's" Club. Margaret was referred to as "The Greatest Salesperson in The Universe" which was a self-appointed and accurate title. If you ever had the pleasure of meeting her, you would consider yourself lucky. Margaret welcomed all into her home as family, and to her, family was everything. She lived a life full of magical adventure, nothing was ever simple or boring. Her over-the-top, larger than life personality made her one-of-a-kind. She was everyone's biggest cheerleader and the life of the party. No event was too small to celebrate in a big way. She loved all holidays, especially Halloween. Margaret took great pride that her home was known for her decorations and many people drove by to see them. Although her life was cut short, she lived every minute to the fullest, while spending all the time she could with her "greatest treasures": her children and grandchildren. She was the coolest, most selfless, energetic mom anyone could ask for. Our world lost an amazing woman, but Heaven is now a brighter and louder place. Margaret is survived by her husband, Gregg Vance; her children, Lezlee (Chris) Brigham, Madison (Jarrett) Harwood and Hunter Vance; grandchildren, Harrison, Gracie, Maverick, Maizee and Emerie; her father, Johnnie Bell; siblings, Janet (Brad) Stephen, Diddy (Fred) Muck, Mike (Traci) Bell and Mark (Sherry) Bell. She was preceded in death by her mother, Laurestine Bell. Rosary, 7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 25; Funeral Mass, 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 26, both at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church. Both services will be available digitally by the church. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Dragon Master Foundation https://www.dragonmaster.org/memorial-margaret-vance. Downing & Lahey Mortuary West. www.dlwichita.com


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Published in Wichita Eagle on Feb. 23, 2021.
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March 5, 2021
Heartfelt condolences to all the Vances, Bells, Mucks and other family members.
stephen l wilson
March 5, 2021
I only met Squeaky once and spent a wedding weekend with her and her incredible extended family. I picked her and her family at the airport and took them to the hotel where we were all staying. She made an immediate impression on me and she made you feel like her best friend.
stephen l wilson
March 3, 2021
Squeaky I miss you today. We always called each other every day. My life right now is sooo sad but I know I will feel better. The Holy Spirit will guide and help me. Remember 3rd runner up Nebraska is something to be sooo proud of. I love you Missy. SO MUCH. LOVE JANET.
Janet stephen
Sister
March 1, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Mike Teter
Friend
February 27, 2021
I've known Squeaky since she first worked at KTVH in the late 70's, and then worked with her for many years at KAKE. What a wonderful person. So full of energy. So full of life. Her positive energy was contagious. I know we will all miss her. My thoughts and prayers to Greg, Lezlee, Maddie and Hunter.
Tim May
Friend
February 27, 2021
My heart is breaking.. I am so very sad about the passing of Margaret
"squeaky" Bell. What a lovely woman, friend and incredible person. My sincere condolences to the family. Nola Tedesco Foulston
Nola Tedesco Foulston
Friend
February 26, 2021
My history with Squeaky goes back to when she first came to work at Channel 12 - KTVH-TV. She was the most gregarious person I had ever met - or will meet. She will leave a huge void in the lives of all who knew and loved her, She was a one of a kind beautiful and delightful person to know. My love and condolences to her entire family. May she Rest in Peace.
Linda Liebe
Friend
February 26, 2021
So very sad & sorry for your loss. Sending many thoughts & prayers
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February 26, 2021
So very sad for your loss. Sending many thoughts & prayers.
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February 26, 2021
So very sad for your loss. Sending thoughts & prayers.
Laura klobuchar
Friend
February 26, 2021
Margaret was a wonderful person - caring, compassionate, and so kind to everyone. I’m so sorry for your loss, and my hope for the family is that you can find peace and comfort in the memories that you have with Margaret. Please know that you are in my prayers during this very difficult time.
Don Mercer
Friend
February 26, 2021
Margaret was a wonderful person - caring compassionate, and so kind to everyone. I’m so sorry for this painful loss, and my hope for the family is that you can find peace and comfort in the memories that you have with Margaret. Please know that you are in my prayers during this very difficult time.
Don Mercer
Friend
February 26, 2021
We are deeply saddened by the loss that you and your family have encountered.... We are thinking about you and sending love.
Rey (Chiqui) Ros
Friend
February 25, 2021
I knew Squeaky when she was much younger. She was always a happy girl. Although I haven’t seen her in a long while, her bright cheerful eagerness for life was an inner strength of hers that was easily shared to others. I wish a peaceful heart for her children Maddie, Lezlee, and Matt.
Zee Habibi
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February 25, 2021
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February 25, 2021
What a wonderful Human Squeaky Bell. Always a friend Always Thinking Positive thought and just Fun to be around. Everyone will miss her.
jackoliver
Friend
February 25, 2021
To say Squeaky was one of a kind is truly an understatement. She was absolutely a star! I’ve had such admiration for her ever since I met her in the late 70’s. What joy she brought to this world!

I was devastated when I heard the news. My heart breaks for all of you. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God hold you in His arms during this difficult time.
Dana Fleming Mastio
Acquaintance
February 25, 2021
To say Squeaky was one of a kind is truly an understatement. She was absolutely a star! I’ve had such admiration for her ever since I met her in the late 70’s.

My heart breaks for all of you. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God hold you in His arms during this difficult time.
Dana Fleming Mastio
Acquaintance
February 25, 2021
It seems like I’ve known Squeak, and the entire Bell family for most of my life. She was such a joyful soul. Fun, happy, and made the most of her life. I was shocked and extremely sad to hear of her death, it just doesn’t seem real. I know she’ll be up there selling something..... My heartfelt condolences to her family.
Robin Ragland Smith
Friend
February 25, 2021
Met Squeaky when I was just starting to sell advertising for Multimedia Cable and my wife, Kelly was a media buyer for SHS. She used to refer to us as Ken and Barbie of advertising, so that tells you how long ago that was if I could in any way pass for a "Ken." :) That being said, she was the true professional and never did I feel that we were "competitors" just friends trying our best to help our clients successfully market their businesses. Prayers to her family and comfort in our faith that we will be together again.
Matt Birch
Acquaintance
February 25, 2021
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Anna johnson
February 25, 2021
We have only known Margaret for a small part of her life. She went out of her way to help you and spent her energy and time to help your business. She was such a giving person. We wish we could have had more time with her. She was a friend.

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Virginia Treadwll
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February 24, 2021
Im so sorry for your families loss. May God give you all comfort and strength.
Mary Haggard-Gehrer
Acquaintance
February 24, 2021
This was one of the most amazing women I’ve EVER had the honor of meeting. Her spirit, sense of humor, and feisty drive made a permanent imprint on my heart.
Brenda Caughman
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February 24, 2021
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February 23, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Alan & Terry Ashley
Friend
February 23, 2021
Sorry for your loss. I knew Squeaky in highschool. She was a couple of years younger than me, but we did hang out some.
She always had a wonderful laugh and great personality.
May she RIP
Carolyn Kappen Hood
Friend
February 23, 2021
We go way back. You always lite up a room with your million dollar smile and loud, awesome voice! You always made me smile! I'm sure heaven is having a great time with you! I miss you Squeaky! Love you!
Susie Schulte
Friend
February 23, 2021
I worked with Margaret for 9 years between 1983 and 1991as General Sales manager for KWCH. I never met anyone in my career quit like Squeaky. To say she was one of kind would be an understatement. She was warm, generous and the best damned sales person I ever met. My heart goes out to her family and friends who all cherished her as much as I did. I love you Squeaky!
Steve Merren
Coworker
February 23, 2021
Squeaky was a bright shining light in a one of the most joyous, accomplished families that I have ever been privileged to know. Prayers for the Lord to surround them now with love, light, and comfort in their loss. Squeaky leaves a deep legacy of love that lives on. The following quote says it best....

"Real love doesn't die. It's the physical body that dies. Genuine, authentic love has no expectations whatsoever; it doesn't even need the physical presence of a person. ... Even when he is dead and buried that part of you that loves the person will always live."
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Cynthia Littleton-Stone
Friend
February 23, 2021
Sending deepest sympathies to the family. I worked with Squeaky, many years ago, at KWCH. We shared a lot of good times back then.
Barbara Kissinger
Coworker
February 23, 2021
Margaret your smile will be missed you always took time for everyone and you always were fashionably dressed
Maureen Youngmeyer
Friend
February 23, 2021
Margaret you will be missed your smile was always there and you always took time to talk to everybody and we're always fashionably dressed
Maureen Youngmeyer
Friend
February 23, 2021
I could recognize her laughter long before I'd see her. That laughter carries on.
Tracy Shunatona Blake
Friend
February 23, 2021
"Squeaky" as I knew her for 37 years, made me laugh every time I saw her, talked with her on the phone or in Facebook messages.
She always gave me a big hug. When I was young & hot (lol) Squeak would always flirt with me & tease me about it. Loved her. In recent years I was in a sale's position in Florida & when the company encountered numerous troubles & sales "tanked" at the site, Squeak sent me $200, told me to keep my chin up & encouraged me. I believe what lives on, is the love we've shown one another. God GAVE His Beloved Son, Jesus. I believe whenever we give, we are demonstrating Christ's Love towards our fellow humans. Squeaky had the love of God within her & she showed it. An outstanding person. May she enjoy her eternal life in the presence of Christ, the Angels, the glories of Heaven & loved ones who've gone on before her.
Brian Renollet
Friend
February 23, 2021
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February 23, 2021
Sending sympathy and prayers to family and friends. I had the opportunity to meet Margaret through mutual friends, she was the life of the party; her enthusiasm and radiant personality made your day brighter. RIP Margaret.
Jana Dietz
Acquaintance
February 23, 2021
I had the pleasure and honor of working with Margaret (and Diddy) at KWCH-TV back in the 80's. Margaret was such a joy to be around; she took genuine pleasure in making other people feel good about themselves. Rest in peace
, Margaret.
Bob Grissom
Coworker
February 23, 2021
"Squeaky" will always be special to me. She took care of my advertising needs for many years at Vernon's Kansas School of Cosmetology. She and he sister Janet were always fun and worked hard for their clients. The world is a little sadder but there will be parties in Heaven.
FREDRICK LAURINO
Friend
February 23, 2021
Smith and family, all of us a Star want you to know that all of you are in our prayers.
Rick Reischmann
Friend
February 23, 2021
Hearing of the loss of Margaret tugged on my heart strongly. I have not seen Margaret for years but have, and will always, think of her fondly and with great memories. She certainly was a very bright light with a wonderful, easy smile and laugh. I always enjoyed seeing her, even when I was having a bad day she could lighten my mood. My sincerest sympathies to her family. No doubt she will be greatly missed. May we all find peace in knowing that she will indeed, be the bright (and loud if we could hear it) star in Heaven.
Cathy Redburn
Friend
February 22, 2021
Squeaky was an amazing woman. I am so saddened by the loss of her amazing spirit here on this earth , even though I haven’t seen her for years, she has had a very special place in my heart.
Kristi Patton (Laird)
Neighbor
February 22, 2021
Sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of working with Margaret on her Haunted Houses. She was a special lady. Every encounter with her made my day a little lighter and brighter.
Ray Sledge
Acquaintance
February 22, 2021
Squeaky. I loved being your sister. We had such a great life together We were always together. Always riding on solid ice down kellogg. Going to the movie. We loved living on the edge and having each other. You are the most amazing person , it has been a blast with media together just hanging out. Love you forever squeaky Bell. This is from your older sister. And the cutest. I also wanted you to know 3rd runner up Miss Nebraska. Is so Awesome. I will love you forever. Give Luke and mom and great big hug
Janet stephen
February 22, 2021
I met Margaret at the Warren Theater and always enjoyed when she was call me to see if a movie was appropriate for her children. She always stopped at the box office to say hello whenever she and Greg were in the theater. I will miss her greatly.
Karen Mcgregor
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