1910 - 2015 On July 2, 2015, Claudia N. Bellah, passed peacefully from this life into her God's Eternity at the age of 105. She was a former resident of Rose City, TX and was a resident of Oakwood Manor in Vidor, TX for 4 years. Born in Singer, LA on March 17, 1910 (St. Patrick's Day), to Rev. Jasper and Adeline Nelson, she was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ed Bellah; sisters, Audie Little, Bertie Sanders, Dorothy Rose Pierce, Freddie (Ted) Tyer, Bernice Drummond and Eddis Raye Summers; brothers, Floyd Nelson, Forrest Nelson and Willard Nelson. Claudia is survived by her brother, Lloyd P. Nelson of Houston, in addition to many nieces and nephews, who loved her and engaged with her over lifetime. Claudia's life was a grand backdrop of engaged work, travel and education. After high school in Singer, LA, she completed her initial course work at Lake Charles Business College and later received her Bachelor's at Lamar State College and her Master's in Education at the University of Houston. She lived and worked in the Pacific Islands after WWII and later in Houston and Dallas as an administrative assistant. She spent the last 13 years of her workplace career teaching in the South Park Independent School District. For 18 years she was the church pianist and taught a Bible Class at Templo Bautista in Beaumont, TX. She traveled for a number of years, visiting the Middle East, Europe and the UK. She took great pleasure in her home, her flower gardens, fig trees and living near her sister, Bertie Sanders. Claudia was confident and intense in her conversation, content in her singleness, trusting Jesus for her provision and very reflective on her life and relationships. One of her most notable statements was it will all unfold, which made little room for stress in her life. Services for Claudia will be held at Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Beaumont, TX on July 9, 2015. Visitation will be from 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM, with services to follow at 1:00 PM. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to a Hospice of your choice, Heartbeats for Hope or another worthy nonprofit.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on July 8, 2015