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Patricia Marie (Belt) Belt

1921 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Patricia Marie (Belt) Belt Obituary
May 8, 1921 - June 7, 2017 Patricia was born in Bay City, Michigan on May 8th, 1921. She died June 7th, 2017. Her Father; William Henry Sharp and mother Marjorie Alice (Frank) Sharp and sister Marjorie Ann moved to Southern California in 1928 and after a few years settled in Glendora building a home near the north end of Glendora (then Michigan) Avenue. Patricia attended elementary school in Glendora and graduated from Citrus High School in the class of 1939. Her academic love was Art and after graduating from High School she studied at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles focusing on graphic arts and fashion design. Patricia married Robert M. (Bob) Casey, her first husband, in 1942 and they were together until 1947. In 1948 Patricia married James A Belt. They purchased some of her parent's property and built a home next to them, where they lived until his death in 1980. Patricia continued living there, building life-long friendships and further deepening her roots in Glendora. She worked during the 1950's for Flintridge China in Pasadena. Her creative nature then led her to buy an old Victorian house in Glendora and refashion it into three distinctive apartments. She went on to remodel other houses, sometimes with family members or friends. She was known to show up at a project fashionably dressed and wearing high heels, soon wielding a sledge hammer and knocking down plaster walls! Patricia was a warm and vivacious person with many friends. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and later, after his passing, with her sister's family. However, her love of and devotion to animals may have been her greatest passion. For over 50 years, as people abandon unwanted pets at the end of Glendora Avenue she would take them in, nurse them to health and find homes for those that were adoptable. Her attitudes and actions predated the no-kill shelter movement by decades. Throughout her life she remained a fierce protector of and advocate for the humane treatment of all living things.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 18, 2017
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