MT. STERLING - Ella May Belt, 101, passed away Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 at Carriage Court Assisted Living in Washington Court House, where she resided since June 2014.
She was born Oct. 29, 1915 in North Baltimore, Ohio to Joseph R. and Gaily E. (Oren) Smith.
She was a 1933 graduate of Dublin High School; 1937 graduate of The Ohio State University; member of Phi Upsilon and Omicron Nu honorary societies.
Taught Home Economics in Mount Cory High School in Hancock County and taught English and French at Derby High School in Pickaway County.
Married high school sweetheart, R. Carleton Belt, on 12-24-1937. Moved to Fayette County where they operated a grain and livestock farm. She and her husband owned and operated R.C. Belt, Inc. a farm implement and truck franchise in Washington Court House.
Active member of Madison Mills United Methodist Church for over 60 years; member of Conner Farm Women's Club. She was an accomplished pianist and excellent seamstress; 4-H club advisor in Fayette County.
Survived by children, Ellen (John) Delay, Mt. Sterling, Robert (Nancy) Belt, Columbus, Joseph Belt, Orient, Jane Belt, Columbus, and David Belt, New York City; grandchildren, Cassandra (Larry) Furlong, Brenda Delay, Todd (Sue) Delay, Janine (Jay) Caslow, Karen (Richard) Wood, James (Jennifer) Belt, Thaddeus (Paula) Belt; 12 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by parents; husband, R. Carleton Belt (12/22/1996); sisters, Margaret Orr, Helen Jane Freeland; brothers, James Smith and Joseph Smith; daughter-in-law, Annalee Belt.
A Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 at the PORTER-TIDD FUNERAL HOME, Mt. Sterling. Family will receive friends one hour prior to time of service. Rev. Kim Wisecup officiating with the interment following in Madison Mills Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday where family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers family suggest memorial contributions to Madison Mills UMC, 9100 Madison Road, Washington Court House, OH 43160 or Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, 116 Morris Road, Suite C, Circleville, OH 43113.
Please visit www.tiddfuneralservice.com to send condolences to the Belt family.
Porter-Tidd Funeral Home - Mt. Sterling
331 West Main Street
Mt. Sterling, OH 43143
Published in The Madison Press on Jan. 3, 2017