Marianne Belinda Morton, age 46, passed away in Rudy, Arkansas, on Monday, March 4, 2013. She was born July 28, 1966, in Victoria Seychelles to Marie-Ange Adams (Morton, néé d'Offay) and Jarred Morton.
Belinda grew up in Apple Valley, California, graduating from Apple Valley High School class of 1984. After attending Cal State, San Bernardino she worked as an instructional aide at various High Desert schools, including Victor Valley High School, St. Timothy's Episcopal School, Westside Park Elementary School, and Ranchero Middle School.
Belinda was predeceased by her newborn son, Levi Harold Morton Brown, born on April 15, 2011 and her father, Jarred Morton. She is survived by Harold Brown, father of their son Levi, her mother Marie-Ange and step-father Ken Adams, brothers Bill, Schell and Schey, sisters Debbie and Ashley, six nieces, four nephews, and many aunts, uncles and cousins all around the globe.
Belinda was an avid reader, journal writer, and an advocate of children's literacy. A free spirit with an exuberant "joie de vivre," she enjoyed outdoor activities, hiking and camping, gardening, taking care of animals, and her rural life in Arkansas. She was well traveled in the United States as well as abroad in France, England, and Seychelles.
Belinda was a member of Calvary Chapel of the High Desert. She was baptized by Pastor Davenport at Spring Valley Lake with friends and family witnessing her faith and acceptance of the Lord as her personal savior. Her memorial service will be held Saturday, March 16 at 2:00 p.m. at Calvary Chapel in the Children's Ministry Sanctuary, building #2, 14740 Eucalyptus Street, Hesperia, California, with Pastor Brian Dupont officiating. The service will be followed by a Celebration of Life at the Morton residence, 14219 Rincon Road, Apple Valley. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations for children's books. Books may be dropped off at the Victorville Branch Library, 15011 Circle Drive Monday-Friday March 11 to 15 from 9 a.m-5 p.m. or at the memorial service on Saturday. Donation checks can also be made out to "Friends of the Apple Valley Library" noting "In Memory of Marianne Belinda Morton."
Published in the Daily Press from Mar. 15 to Mar. 16, 2013