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Alta Jean Bellinger

Mother, Wife, Sister, Dedicated Educator, Inspiration to so many. Born November 4, 1926. She passed away peacefully In Indianapolis, Indiana on September 7, 2011, after suffering a stroke at age 84.

"Jean" as she was lovingly called by close friends and family, was the fifth of seven children born into a family of educators and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her industriousness and determination, hallmarks of her later life, manifested early on as she and her younger brother George collected bottles and ran paper routes for spending money. At age 16, when her mother Alta M. King returned to college full time to complete her degree, Jean supervised the household.

Jean graduated from Tennessee State University where she met and married her first husband Emmet I. Brown. She moved with him to his hometown of Indianapolis Indiana in 1949 where she began her teaching career. They had five children, Edmond G. Brown, Jeanne M. Brown (deceased), L. Wendell Brown, Tammye J. Brown and she was expecting her fifth, Karl E. Brown, at the time of Emmet's untimely passing in 1959.

Years later she had the good fortune to meet and fall in love with a fellow teachers William (Bill) M. Bellinger. They married in 1962 and his young daughter Grace E. Bellinger - Coe came with him to join the family. Jean and Bill have two beautiful children together, Alta M. Skelton and Michael L. Beflinger, making a grand total of eight

Jean earned her Master's degree from Butler University and taught Special Ed kids in public schools for 42 years but, her loving attention to her family remained her focus. She was an avid gardener, adored her dog Pierre, loved to cook, was a voracious bargain hunter and her signature generosity knew no bounds.

Bill, her husband of 49 years, her seven surviving children, her eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren invite you to join them for a joyous "Celebration of Life" Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 4 p.m. in All Souls Unitarian Church 5805 East 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46226. The burial is at Washington Park North. Arrangements entrusted to: Stuart Mortuary. http://www.stuartmortuary.com

Published in the The Indianapolis Star from Sept. 20 to Sept. 24, 2011
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