Leila Madgelene Vereen Bellamy, 88, of Little River, S.C., passed away Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, at her home. Fondly known as "Madge" by family and friends, her beautiful soul went peacefully to the Lord surrounded by her loving family. Madge was the youngest child of seven born to James Hampton Vereen and Beulah Florence Vereen in Little River. Madge was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Violet and Joretta Vereen, Mabel Mills and Evelyn Snowden; brothers, Cleveland and Edison Vereen; and her granddaughter, Dawn Tiffany Harrell.
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She was married to Charles F. Bellamy, who passed away May 11, 2009. They were married Dec. 24, 1943, and celebrated 65 wonderful years of marriage in 2008. They were devoted to each other and to their children, setting wonderful examples of love, kindness and family values. She loved her husband, children and grandchildren deeply and unconditionally. Madge was a homemaker and considered her role of wife and mother as the most important job in the world. She considered her family a gift from God and worked tirelessly to make her life's work a reflection of her belief. Charles and Madge are now reunited in heaven with their parents and loved ones and are basking in God's promise.
Madge was the most wonderful, loving and caring mother to her children. They loved her deeply and will miss her so much. She is survived by daughter, Sherrie Bellamy of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; son, Timothy Bellamy and daughter-in-law, Pauline, of Lincoln, R.I.; daughter, Pamela Bellamy Quinn and husband, Steve, of La Jolla, Calif., and daughter, Portia Bellamy of Charlotte.
A proud grandmother and great-grandmother, she loved and adored her grandchildren and was loved back in equal measure. Madge is survived by grandsons, Shawn Bellamy and granddaughter-in-law, Elizabeth, of Little River; Christopher Bellamy of Lincoln; Austin Quinn of La Jolla; and great-grandsons, Cody Sayre and wife, Liz, of Camarillo, Calif., Morgan Schutte of Slidell, La., and Wyatt and Logan Bellamy of Little River.
Always being a mother, Madge lovingly welcomed and embraced new members into her family fold and loved them as her own. She is survived by daughter, Mounira and husband, Tony Kamar, and grandson, David, of Ash, and by daughters, Diana Brown of Charlotte and Alexandra Huggins of Cary.
Having a large, extended family, Madge is survived by sisters-in-law, Mary Livingston of Longs, S.C., Juanita Bellamy of Ash, Nova Bellamy of Phillipsburg, N.J.; brother-in-law Edwin Bellamy and Lois, of Little River; and many nieces and nephews locally in the Carolinas and the northeast.
Madge graduated from Wampee-Little River High School and attended elementary classes in a one-room school that was relocated years ago from S.C. 57 to the Vereen Family Farm on S.C. 111 in Little River. The farm has been designated as a Century Landmark and is being lovingly restored by niece Marilyn Stallings and her husband, Paul. Over the years, Madge became the Vereen family historian, having her geneaology and stories written down by her children for the generations to come. Family favorites are the "ghost stories" passed down from her parents and delighting four generations.
Along with Charles, Madge was a charter member of Living Stones Baptist Church in Longs, S.C., with final membership being with River of Life Baptist Church in Sunset Beach. Church fellowship was a vital part of her life and one that she missed as she became homebound in later years. In earlier years, she was a member of the Women's Missionary Society and was a longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Madge always expressed love to members of her family and her appreciation for their assistance. She was especially thankful for nephews, Charles Vereen and Gene Boyd; nieces, Peggy and Deanna Vereen; and cousin Deborah Causey for every wonderful act of love and help to her over the years. She was grateful for the care that grandson, Shawn, living next door, gave in maintaining the family property and to Liz, Wyatt and Logan who were faithful in checking in on "Grandma" with loving help. The family is thankful to Aunt Mary Livingston and cousins, Sylvia Kenney and Harry Livingston Jr. for all their love, support and frequent visits for so many years. Words cannot express the love for Mounira who gave her not only love, but provided the best at home professional health care. Madge considered Mounira "my angel."
Lee Funeral Home & Crematory, 11840 S.C. 90, Little River, S.C., is assisting the family. Visitation was held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, and was followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 11:30 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. The family attended a private family interment following the service.
Memorials in Madge's memory may be given to InCare Hospice, 4685 S.C. 17 S. Bypass, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, or
, 950 48th Avenue N., Suite 101, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.
You may share your memories and condolences with the Bellamy family by visiting www.leefhandcrematory.com.
Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach, S.C., is serving the family.
LEE FUNERAL HOME
11840 Highway 90 P. O. Box 1116
Little River, SC 29566
Published in The Brunswick Beacon from Aug. 14 to Aug. 20, 2014