Maudie Mae Tice was born at the family home in Hartley, Arkansas to George Daniel and Lucienda Gentry Tice. She was the youngest of the Tice siblings: George Henry, Lester, Edward, Marietta and Dorothy. Her twin sister, Nellie, died at birth. Maudie was raised by her grandparents in Watson, Oklahoma after the death of her mother when she was a baby. Growing up she enjoyed riding horses, cooking, sewing, playing softball and helping her grandmother in the garden. After high school she joined family in Mena, Arkansas and worked at a real estate office and a movie theater. She moved to Grand Prairie, Texas in 1952 with her cousin Margie to work at an aircraft factory. In 1953 she moved to Dallas, Texas and met Neil Bell at a dance. After a short engagement, Neil and Maudie were married April 29, 1953. Following a few job transfers, the couple settled in Fairway, KS in 1963.
Through the years, Neil and Maudie were active members of Baptist Churches, most recently Nall Avenue Baptist. They loved God, church and treasured the friendships they made. They were also members of the Sunflower Squares Dance Club for many years and loved the exercise of mind and body.
Maudie was employed by Mission State Bank and retired from FDIC in 1991. Following her retirement, she worked in various volunteer positions but her favorite was entertaining her grandchildren. She loved cooking and baking for family and friends, crafting and quilting, flowers and traveling. She especially loved all types of chocolates.
Maudie and Neil adored each other in their 68-year marriage. They moved to Westchester Village of Lenexa residential care facility in 2018 where they enjoyed meeting new people and sharing stories of family, friends, and travel.
Maudie is survived by her children Ken (Mary), Vicki (Kevin), and Troy (Laura), her grandchildren (Ryan, Kyle, Aaron, Nick, Jonah, Crystal, Savannah, and Marlee), and great-grandchildren (NoraBell, Gillian, and Elias). Neil passed in 2021 and we know Maudie has now joined him in Heaven.
Many years ago Neil and Maudie made funeral plans that included cremation and permanent storage of their remains in what they called their “condo” at Johnson County Funeral Chapel and Memorial Gardens.
The family would like to thank the staff at Westchester Village of Lenexa for the care, kindness and compassion provided to Maudie the past three years.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in her name.