Margaret T. Bell

Margaret T. Bell “Jingles”, 75, of Ocean City, New Jersey, passed away on Saturday, November 28th, 2015 after a brief illness at her daughter’s house in Lancaster, PA surrounded by her family.

She was born in Philadelphia, PA to Thomas and Helen Esher on January 8th, 1940.

She graduated from Notre Dame High School for Girls and served in the Air Force from 1958 – 1961.

She was a friend of Bill W., a Florist, and loved to attend children’s parties, street fairs and Ocean City Market Days as Jingles the Clown – painting faces and making children of all ages smile.  She loved her family dearly and was devoted to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchild. Her home was at the beach, where she could scooter on the boardwalk or hang out with all her friends.  Her main goal in life was to put a smile on everyone’s face that she met. She will be forever missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her Children: Theresa Faber (William DeWald), Cathy Van Tash (Rob Van Tash), and Jim Bell (Sammantha Bell); Grandchildren: Jimmy Faber, Lauren Ruffin, Derek DiCamillo, Kaitlyn Van Tash, RJ Van Tash, Mason Bell, and Savannah Bell; Great-grandchild: Jase Ruffin.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Service at the Sea Isle Community Center 300 John F. Kennedy Blvd Sea Isle City, NJ 08243 on Sunday, December 6th, 2015 at 11:00am with a reception immediately following. Friends may greet the family from 10:00am until the time of the service.


In lieu of flowers, Please make a donation in her memory to your favorite charity or organization.


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  • I have been away in Virginia since November 10th and just learned of Margaret’s passing. I send condolences to her family. I’m surely going to miss seeing her across from me when I return home in a few weeks. She was a special kind of woman. So giving and always smiling no matter what she had going on. I will miss visiting with her.

  • Dear family of my friend Margarat,

    Through the two decades I’ve known Margarat she has sent me an encouraging card on my anniversary each year . I will always remember this and especially the fact that she took the time to do the same for so many others.This was truly unique! It was a blessing to know “Jingles”, a person who gave hope and a smile to all of us .

  • Jimmy, Cathy and Theresa, To each of you I send my sorrow at the passing of your Mother. I know she loved you all for who you were and the pride she felt in your lives. You have given her so much joy through the years. I have watched her give love, patience and sometimes sorrow to each of you from the moment of your birth to the time of her death. She and I have shared so many words and tears that I feel an intrinsic part of your lives. I have yet to totally accept that she is no longer here on earth with us but I look forward to the eternity we will spend together. We have spoken again and again about this time and I know she is experiencing the joy she has anticipated. She will never weep again. Now how beautiful is that!

  • With sincere sympathy to Theresa, Cathy, Jimmy and their respective families. Peggy gave so much of herself to make others happy & seemed to ask very little for herself. She was a terrific neighbor of ours for many years. I know she will be missed. RIP Peggy.

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