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Shirley Ann Bellamy was born in Knoxville, Iowa the daughter of Paul Raymond and Marjorie Alice (Twombley) Johnson.
She graduated from Knoxville High School, attended the University of Iowa where she studied journalism and was voted the "Freshman Beauty Queen". Shirley was united in marriage to James Marshall Bellamy on Valentine's Day. Shirley and Jim lived in Knoxville all their lives and dedicated themselves to the community. They were passionate about so many activities during their life together. They loved to fly, shoot trap, motorcycle, fish and snowmobile. They were beautiful on the dance floor.
Shirley was an accomplished musician; she sang, played the piano and played the violin in the Pella Orchestra for 30 years. She wrote a column in the Knoxville Journal-Express for many years under the title of, "In the Kitchen with Etta". Etta was a term of endearment given to Shirley by her husband, Jim. Shirley's volunteer activities in Knoxville and Marion County were numerous, she and Jim happily gave back to the community they loved. Shirley had a beautiful smile and her genuine warmth drew people to her. Family was everything to Shirley. Every evening around the dinner table was a festive celebration. Shirley's family will always treasure her unforgettable resilience, insight and wisdom.
Shirley passed away on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the Knoxville Hospital & Clinics at the age of 89 years.
In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Jim in 2003 and her brother, Ted Johnson.
Those left to honor Shirley's memory include her children: Tom Bellamy (Diane) of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Susan (Jeff) Beary of Knoxville, Sally Bellamy (Jim Duvall) of Nisswa, Minnesota, Betsy Bellamy (Tim Gotta) of Knoxville and Ann (Robert) Smith of Dallas, Texas; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother, Dr. Keith Johnson of Rapid City, South Dakota and many other family members and friends.

A Funeral service for Shirley Bellamy of Knoxville was held on Friday, February 17, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Brent Hanna Officiating. Burial will follow in the Graceland Cemetery. Memorials may be made to H.C.I. Care Services in Knoxville Office or to the Knoxville Hospital & Clinics Foundation.
Published on February 14, 2017
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