Bettie J. Bellamy
Bettie J. Bellamy, beloved, mother, wife, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother, peacefully passed on Palm Sunday March 28th after a long illness.
Mrs. Bellamy was born in 1937 to Frank and Betty Brantley in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Mississippi. She later moved to Staten Island, New York and attended Port Richmond High School.
She met Woodrow Bellamy and they married in 1955. The marriage produced six children. The family resided in West Brighton, New Brighton, and Stapleton. While raising their six children Mrs. Bellamy went on to further her education at Staten Island Community College obtaining an associate degree.
Mrs. Bellamy worked as a teacher's aide at PS. 31 and began her secretarial career at Staten Island Community College and then went to work for Con Edison as an executive secretary for Electric Operations and secretary for Community Affairs departments. She worked at Con Edison for 21 years retiring in 1999. Post retirement she returned to Staten Island Community College obtaining a position where she worked to enroll students in certification programs.
Mrs. Bellamy served her community as an avid volunteer for numerous organizations including 1st Vice President of Staten Island's chapter of the NAACP, Chairwoman of the Evelyn Marshall Scholarship Association. She was also a member of the National Council of Negro Women, Staten Island chapter and The Purple Hats Society and affiliated with the Staten Island League for Better Government. Over the years, thorough her many volunteer efforts, Mrs. Bellamy helped to raise thousands of dollars in college scholarships.
Mrs. Bellamy, a devout Christian, was a past member of First Church of God in Christ. Mrs. Bellamy joined St. Phillips Baptist Church where she served on the Missionary Board and worked with Pastor Tony Baker to launch the church's annual Juneteenth Celebration.
Mrs. Bellamy is survived by her children, Anthony Bellamy, Jeffrey Bellamy, daughter in-law Lalia Bellamy, Woodrow Bellamy Jr., Michael Bellamy, Lisa (Bellamy) Cureton, son-in-law Gerard Cureton, sisters Florence Williams, Frankie Evans, her cousin Hazel Galloway, 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a plethora of nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents, Frank and Betty Brantley, husband, Woodrow Bellamy Sr., her sister Lenora McCombs and her son, Gerald Bellamy.
Viewing is Thursday, April 8 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Service to follow at 11:30 a.m, both at St. Phillips Baptist Church.
Published by Staten Island Advance on Apr. 7, 2021.