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No visitation planned


Saturday, January 14, 2017
3:00 pm
Salvation Army
1216 East 25th Court
Des Moines, Iowa


Des Moines University


Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
(515) 243-5221

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Mary Belle Belcher

Mary Belle Belcher
Des Moines

Mary Belcher, 89, passed away January 6, 2017 in Des Moines. She was born January 2, 1928 in Des Moines to Fred and Leatha (Knapp) Thompson.

Earl and Mary were married on June 21, 1946 and had a long and happy marriage. Mary enjoyed reading, rooting for the Hawkeyes and Cubs and spending time with her beloved family.

Mary is survived by her children, Kimberly Belcher and Eric and John Ander; 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; brothers, Earl and Kenneth; friend, Dorothy Mericle; and many nieces, nephews and foster children.

She was preceded in death by her children, Terri Lynn Leach and Fred Cosler; her husband, Earl; siblings, Fred “Herbert”, Norman, Areta, Esther and Herman.

Special thanks to Mary’s grandchildren, Erica and Haylee, who for many years cared for her.

Memorials may be directed to the family in her loving memory.

A celebration of life will take place at 3:00 pm on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at the Salvation Army, 1216 East 25th Court, Des Moines.

Condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com