Belle Nelkin Margoliner

17 février 191520 décembre 2015

If the world seems less loving, kind, and hopeful today, it is because one of its most tender, patient, and optimistic inhabitants has departed. Belle Galperin Nelkin Margoliner released herself from the will to live on December 20. Although she did nothing extraordinary or remarkable with her almost 101 years, she succeeded quite well in living with grace, optimism, love, humor, and a deep devotion to her family. Belle was the first-born of her parents Harry and Miriam Galperin, of blessed memory, and predeceased by all her siblings, Isadore, Shanal (Turboff), Ralph, and Cecile (Phillips). She was married for 35 years to Morris Nelkin, who she loved to her last day. Her second husband, Simon Margoliner, found quite a catch in Belle, sharing life together for over 20 years until his passing in 1995.

Born in Galveston, raised in Port Arthur and Beaumont, Belle made her way to Houston after graduating from Beaumont High School. After raising most of her kids on Eagle and Rosedale Streets, she would eventually reside in her beautiful home in the Woodshire subdivision, the venue for countless parties, Passover seders, mahjong and poker games, and cordial lodging for visiting family, for 55 years. She ran her kitchen with skills learned from her mother, and prepared beautiful Shabbat dinners.

Belle was good-natured and unflappable, with an exceptional sense of humor. A beauty with styled hair, manicured soft hands, accessorized with jewelry and scarves, and, always, lipstick, she was called by many the “Belle of the ball”. Above all, she was tolerant and forgiving, and loved her family unconditionally. She is mourned by her children Bill and Pat Nelkin, Rae and Max Uzick, Leon and Renata Nelkin, and Tina Nelkin and life-partner Glynda Robbins, and grandchildren Ron Shimkus and Jennifer Anderson, Phil Shimkus, Lane and Dora Nelkin, Libby and Andrew Mintz, Alyssa and Jason Goldstein, Jim Morris Nelkin, Sabra Nelkin, and ”honorary” grandson Alan Tyser. Belle was great-grandmother to Nicholas Morales, Zane and Zander Nelkin, and Judah Goldstein, and was the most beloved Aunt Belle to 11, and to her great- nieces and nephews. She will be deeply missed by her dear friend, Jane Edgeworth. We extend our gratitude to Drs. James Willerson, John Stroehlein, Harriet Henderson, and Joann Ira, and the staffs at Seven Acres, Houston Hospice, and VITAS Hospice for their respectful, compassionate care of our beloved mother.

A graveside service, officiated by Rabbi David Rosen, will be held at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery, Post Oak December 23, at 1:30 p.m. Contributions in memory of Belle will be appreciated at Seven Acres, Houston Hospice, or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements under the direction of Levy Funeral Directors, Bellaire, TX.


  • Graveside Service

    mercredi, 23 décembre , 2015


Belle Nelkin Margoliner



22 décembre , 2015

So deeply sorry to hear the loss of your loved one. May you all ever more so, lean on God during this difficult time, while awaiting the hope of seeing your loved one again. - John 11:21-27.

22 décembre , 2015

I did not know Belle until today, when her photo caught my eye and I stopped to read her beautiful obituary. I am a licensed therapist, and I thought "what a beautiful testimony of a life richly and rightly lived." I wanted her family to know that they captured her essence so beautifully, that now I do feel that I knew her ,too. I showed it to my spouse & told him that I hope I will be remembered one day -- just like this. Thank you for sharing in this time of loss -- it did not go unnoticed. Sincerely, Margaret wade


22 décembre , 2015

Sending my condolences to the family. May God give you strength and peace during this difficult time. (Psalm 29:11)