Joan Dianne Bellet

May 9, 1943February 22, 2014
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Due to the possibly of inclement weather the service have been changed to 12 noon on Tuesday, March 4th at the Davisville Church, 325 Street Rd., Southampton, PA 18966. The family will receive friends from 11 AM until the time of service

Joan Dianne Bellet, 70, of Southampton was led before God by her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, 22 February. She passed away unexpectedly after suffering an apparent heart attack.

Joan was a devoted and loving servant to the Lord. Service was her life: she served the church, her family, her friends and the community. A strong, yet humble Christian, she was the finest saint for the Kingdom of God as a leader at Davisville Church. She had a special place in her heart for children’s ministry, where she gave generously of her time and skills. Her worship talents included: song, piano and harp.

She loved working with children and that motivated her to pursue a career in elementary education. After graduation from West Chester State, she began teaching in Maple Shade. But 4 years later, her life’s dream was stopped abruptly by renal failure. Lengthy and frequent dialysis tested her will for several years, until news of a donor gave her the best birthday present ever at age 31! With the miracle of new kidneys, ‘Miss Bellet’ returned to the classroom and spent the next 33 years at Stackpole Elementary, where she received awards for Excellence in Teaching, Outstanding Achievement, and a nomination for PA Teacher of the Year.

From an early age, ‘Cousin Joanie’ excited at each new addition to the family, and as an adult, just couldn’t wait to shower every little cousin with Disney and Winnie the Pooh ‘love’. Joanie’s passion for family, combined with her faith, love and generosity made her the perfect Godmother. And as life put strains on our family traditions, she gladly opened her home to be the venue for holiday reunions. Servant, saint, teacher, mentor, cousin, little sister, godmother and friend - Joanie will be dearly missed.

She is predeceased by her father, Clarence (Monty) Bellet, mother, Evelyn Baumner, and step-father, Allen (Ted) MacDonald, all of Philadelphia. She is survived by her cousin, Carol Schmidt of New Port Richey, FL and Carol’s 4 children, Al, Carl, Deb, and Rob, their spouses, their children, to whom Joanie was their very special cousin and/or Godmother, and many dear close friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to her service 12 noon on Tuesday, March 4th at the Davisville Church, 325 Street Rd., Southampton, PA 18966. The family will receive friends from 11 AM until the time of service. The interment will be in Chelten Hills Cemetery in Philadelphia.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Davisville Church Children’s Ministries.

Arrangements under the direction of Wm. Rowen Grant Funeral Home Inc., Southampton, PA.


  • Visitation Tuesday, March 4, 2014
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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Robin Horn

March 5, 2014

My son, Raymond Horn had you for a teacher at Stackpole. Raymond really loved how you would shake his hand everyday at the end of school. I told him of your passing and he said, " Miss Bellet was a great person". We always saw you driving down our Street and you would always wave to us. May you rest in peace. You will be missed.

March 3, 2014

In 1971, shortly after she received a double kidney transplant ,Joan joined the staff of Stackpole Elementary School. In spite of her health she functioned with remarkable energy for as long as I was there and after my retirement. She earned admiration and respect from all who knew her for her attitude of acceptance and resolve. She wore a smile every day. She loved people and accepted them as they were and often helped those who asked. She stated often that, "It is what it is and as long as I'm up and moving, everything is good." Joan' life was an inspiration to us all and I will miss her.
Jerry Hodge, Stackpole School Principal 1963-1982

March 2, 2014

There is only one thing that lessens our grief at Joanie's passing: to know she has no pain or heartache. She has unbelievable joys in the presence of her dear Father. We will miss her all the time, but our lives are richer for having known her and been her friend. Clare & Bill

eileen owens

March 1, 2014

JOAN, I worked with you for many years at Stackpole School, and you taught my children there. You were a terrific teacher, a warm and loving person,. Rest in peace. Eileen (Quinn) Owens, Southampton, Pa.

Jan Vogel-Manz

February 28, 2014

I just heard today 2/28 that Joan went home to be with the LORD. I was just talking with her on the phone maybe 2 weeks ago? I'm saddened that she left us so suddenly but know she is in Heaven enjoying her Savior, Jesus Christ! We were in Hope Keepers together and even with her disabilities, she was a servant who loved to serve others!!"Love you Joan, we will see you when we all get to Heaven!" Jan Vogel-Manz

Jaime Weissman

February 28, 2014

Joan, you will be missed. It is with much sadness that you had to leave so soon. You are one of the nicest people I have ever known, always with a smile. Trowbridge has lost a truly wonderful, dedicated and kind woman.

February 28, 2014

So happy to know that Joan knew the Lord and will spend eternity with Him. We were friends in high school, and her smile never changed as well as her pleasing personality. Janice Trout Coons

Dave Cassel

February 28, 2014

Miss Bellet, I am saddened to hear of your passing. In remembrance, I would like to thank you simply for being one of the best teachers I ever had, and for making me a better person. I am quite certain I am not the only one who feels that way. My condolences to your family and friends.

David Maye

February 28, 2014

Joan, so sad to see you leave us, you were a great woman you will be missed

Lisa Bass

February 27, 2014

Joan, Trowbridge will never be the same without you. My heat is broken. I look for you every day when I come home and when I leave in the AM. I look for you at the mailbox and listen for the dog that never stopped barking when you left. I always knew when you were gone since Betty would bark for hours. You will be missed by my Mom, Sarkis, Helen and my Sister at our Holiday Dinners. I will make sure we leave a place setting for you in your memory at the Holidays and will say a prayer for you at dinner. We will cherish all the special times we had with you. Halloween will not be the same without you sitting in our driveway giving out the candy and laughing and you and Bill talking about your villages and what pieces you both were going to buy next. You have been a great friend, neighbor and like a family member to us. It will never be the same without you. We love and miss you already. Rest in Peace my dear friend and we will see you on the other side when we get there. Love Lisa, Bill, Abbie and Liz.