Barbara Abbey Clark Bellido left us to go be by the side of our Lord on Friday morning, June 7, 2013. Barbara passed away peacefully at home in the arms of her grandson, Edward.
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Barbara was born Nov. 6, 1931, in Brooklyn, N.Y. She lived between there and Aiken, S.C., where she attended St. Angela's Academy - the same school her children would attend and be taught by the same nun who taught her. While attending nursing school in Brooklyn, Barbara met the love of her life, Dietrich Gaston Bellido, from Lima, Peru. He had been drafted into the Army.
Soon, Barbara was traveling to France with her son, George, in tow. Soon after, another son was born, Jimmy, but he passed away after only two weeks. Moving back to Aiken, Barbara gave birth to Edith. The Bellido family was transferred all across the United States and to Panama before settling down in Aiken. Barbara enjoyed her nursing field and raising children while Dietrich made the Army his career and retired after serving 22 years. He then became a successful business man.
After the death of Dietrich in 2002, Barbara moved to Fairbanks to live with her daughter, Edith. New to Alaska, she started her career - becoming a "sourdough." Barbara fell in love with the last frontier lifestyle, enjoying the midnight sun, the gorgeous northern lights and listening to birds flying back and forth to Creamer's Field. She loved the summers and the winters, even at 40 below.
She became a member of the First Presbyterian Church on Seventh Avenue, and joined the Women's Auxiliary of the American Legion, where for many years she was the chaplain. She loved living in downtown Fairbanks where she could hear the whistles of the train and the bells of the church, sounds that reminded her of home in Aiken, S.C.
Through her associations and everyday life, she made many good and lasting friendships in Fairbanks. Barbara never met a person she did not call a friend, or turn a deaf ear to those in need. She was a woman from another time, always believing in the good in people and never seeing any of their faults. Her faith sustained her unconditionally without wavering. She was one of God's best creations and now one of his angels.
Barbara joins her husband, Dietrich; her sons, George and Jimmy; and her brothers, Roger and Gordon, in Heaven, where she will be watching over all the ones she left behind.
Barbara leaves behind her daughter, Edith Barbara Bellido Cerda-Martinez and Andre Martinez, of Fairbanks; grandsons, Edward Gaston Bellido, of Fairbanks; Serjio Gaston Cerda, of Anchorage; Jason Monroe Martinez, of Jacksonville, Fla; granddaughters, Barbara Elaine Bellido Arpin, of N.C.; Halena Ruth Martinez, of Chicago; Alexandria Danielle Bellido, of South Carolina; her daughter-in-law, Marsha Bellido, of South Carolina; sister-in-law, Shirley Clark, of California; nieces, Lori, Kathy and Karen, of California; and Cindy Clark, of Connecticut; and many granddaughters, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home
415 Illinois St. Fairbanks, AK 99701
Published in Daily News-Miner on June 12, 2013