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Perla Dirige Belo

19 août 19385 décembre 2020
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Perla Dirige Belo born August 19, 1938 in Manila Philippines. She was the eldest of 7 siblings: Ofelia Dirige, Evelyn Resella, Hector Dirige, Didi Orejudos, Julie Conte, & Lois Campagna (all live in Southern California). She was the first to immigrate to the US from her family. She married Gasat Belo in 1966. She has two children: Nathan Belo & Ariele Belo. She has two grandsons: Ezekiel Faulkner & Jaedon Belo.

Perla immigrated to the US in 1962 after majoring in piano at the University of Philippines to earn a Masters of Divinity – Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA where she married Gasat whom also earned the same degree. One summer they both worked in a cannery in Ketchikan, AK and her job was to remove the salmon eggs. They moved to the Queen Anne neighborhood in Seattle and she attended Seattle Pacific University/SPU earning a teaching certificate and began teaching music for Seattle Public Schools at numerous schools. She taught music, piano, and lead choir at Blaine Memorial Methodist Church in Beacon Hill. She then later earned a Masters of Theology – Princeton Theological Seminary. She was ordained at University Presbyterian Church/UPC as the first Asian Woman to be ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA where she became an associate minister. Both her and her husband created the International Friendship House at UPC, a ministry and a place of housing for international students studying at the University of Washington. Perla & Gasat also help found the Filipino American Christian Fellowship in the U-District, now located in Lynnwood, WA. In 1990, she became the Director of Asian Ministries for the American Baptist Churches USA headquarters in Valley Forge, PA. She then retired after 14 years and came back to her home on Queen Anne.

She loved to sing, play the piano, go to the opera with her son, ballet with her daughter, cook, read, watch Dancing with The Stars, and travel the world. Christmas was her favorite holiday & looked forward to decorating the tree.

Perla passed away peacefully at her home on Queen Anne that she built with her husband in 1976 a few blocks up the street from their first home they bought in 1966 a block away from SPU.

Services

  • Visitation

    jeudi, 10 décembre , 2020

  • Funeral Service

    jeudi, 10 décembre , 2020

Souvenirs

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Loretta Harper

20 décembre , 2020

Gus and Family,
So sorry for your loss. As Director of Asian Ministries at American Baptist Home Mission Society, I worked with Perla. She was more than my Boss, we became friends. It was a Joy working and traveling with her as she organized and prepared for the many Asian Pastor's and Asian Woman's Conferences.
Praying you'll have all the time you need for healing and for gentle walks through years of memories.
May God's Comfort Be Yours!

Fran Homer

11 décembre , 2020

I am so thankful to find this tribute to Perla Belo. In the 1990s, I served with Perla on the staff of American Baptist Home Mission Societies. Perla had a warm, generous, Christ-centered spirit. I pray memories of her life will comfort friends and family.

Don and Ruth Good

10 décembre , 2020

Ninang Perla and Ninong Gasst Belo were instrumental in me meeting my husband. They invited me to sing at a cultural program in Portland Oregon in 1973 and Don saw them after Sunday School and we eventually met and the rest is history. They have been prayer partners for years, encouragers as
we were missionariess in the Philippines and when we visit Seattle they would have us over for a meal. She and Ninong loved to cook and entertain people. One time, she made a special dessert
for us ... Took time to bake it..we were special we felt. They decorated their home from stuff they see around or flowers from their trips and would dry them and make beautiful decor. They were resourceful. Our Ninang inspite of her educational degrees stayed humble and you sense her love for God and desire to serve Him and others from that live relationship.
Thanking God for your life Ninang Perla. You finished well and will see you again someday with the rest of the redeemed by the blood of Jesus.

Laura Miraz

10 décembre , 2020

As a colleague of Perla's at The American Baptist Home Mission Societies (referred to as National Ministries during her time as Asian Ministries director) I can still remember her smile and how it warmed our meetings. Perla was often quiet yet when she would speak she brought great insight and wisdom to the matter at hand. It was a privilege to serve with her and I was blessed by her ministry and her insights.

May God provide frequent and loving memories of Perla for all her family and friends for years to come. May God grant comfort during the times of grief. May the joy of the Lord that filled Perla's heart be present with you.

Devon James

10 décembre , 2020

Nathan and Arial, you are so fortunate to have enjoyed such a kind and available mom over all these years.
Now the circle of life continues with a new chapter and she lives on in both of you. Looking at your moms earlier pics there is no question where Nathan’s pretty looks came from.
I imagine she would want you to celebrate a life fully realized.

Wishing you all the best from Honolulu
Devon, Kaito, and Sora James. I’m sure Kumiko feels the same.

Don Ng

10 décembre , 2020

As one of Perla's American Baptist colleagues, I appreciated her dedication and faithfulness to her ministry with Asians and Asian Americans. She was kind-hearted and thought about the welfare of others. When we were both serving in Valley Forge, PA, we attended and led many events and conferences together. Through her work, our Lord Jesus Christ was made known to many. I celebrate her life dedicated to God and may you, Gus and your family be comforted knowing that Perla is now with the Lord. On this Christmas, Perla's favorite season, may Christmas be filled with hope and the coming of a peaceful New Year.

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