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Mary Belza


1919 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Mary Belza Obituary

Mary Magdeliene Belza passed away peacefully in her sleep on Aug. 31, 2017.

She was born in Phoenix Arizona, on December 26, 1919, the youngest of fourteen children. She grew up in Southern CA, and graduated from Hemet High School in 1936. Shortly after graduation she moved to Yuba City to live with her sister and husband, Jack and Sammie Hale.

She attended Yuba College and worked at Kirk's drug store where she met her soon to be husband, John Belza. After John returned from the Second World War, they purchased the Country Kitchen in Gridley in 1946. In 1948, they sold it and moved back to Marysville.

Mary worked many years as a teacher's aid at Mary Covillaud grammar school, where she enjoyed helping young children. She was active in the Pink Ladies, Rideout Hospital Auxiliary and Saint Joseph's Catholic Ladies Relief Society.
Upon retirement, she and her husband John traveled around the United States as well as several trips to Europe. After John's passing, she and good friend Dottie Post made several more trips to France and Italy attending cooking schools to improve upon her passion of cooking fine meals for family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John and a son, James Belza. She is survived by her sons, John (Virginia) Belza, Thomas "Tib" (Pam) Belza; as well as her four grandchildren, Joe (Tawny) Belza, Laura (Dan) Harney, Dominique (Julia) Belza, Zach Belza; and 9 great grandchildren.

A special sincere "Thank You" to the employees and management of the Prestige Assisted Living in Marysville. For the past five years you have made Mary's life joyous and comfortable with your kindness and caring.

At Mary's request, a private family service was held. Anyone wishing to honor her life and memory can make a donation to the .
Published in Appeal Democrat on Sept. 16, 2017
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