Barbara Bellows, 78 | Clarkston News
Barbara Jean Bellows of Lake Orion, formerly of Clarkston, returned home to be with the Lord on September 8, 2022 at the age of 78.
Barbara was born on November 11, 1943 in Detroit to parents Anthony and Joanna (Tafeski) Hale.
Barbara lived in Detroit until she was in eighth grade, then her family moved to Waterford to a house on Lake Townsend. She graduated from Waterford Township Secondary School in 1961.
She had an adventurous spirit, even at a young age—drag racing on old Woodward, hunting, and even water skiing. After high school, Barbara had attended trade school and worked in the Oakland County Health Department for 15 years before retiring.
She met the love of her life Jerry on a blind date and they were married on June 27, 1964.
Barbara will be remembered for her love of cooking, especially for her famous Jell-O stuffing and mold.
She and Jerry loved going dancing, especially swing and ballroom were their favorites.
When she wasn’t taking care of her family or work, she also devoted a lot of time as a Red Hat and Girl Scout Troop Leader.
Barbara had a strong sense of faith and passed it on to her children.
She had a great love for reading and traveling, she enjoyed every trip she took with the senior center.
Barbara was the beloved mother of Pam (Scott) Lafoy-Wolff, Kevin Bellows and Deborah (Rob) Romain, the dear grandmother of Allysa Lafoy, Reilly Lafoy, Miya Wolff, Connor Wolff, Spencer Stringer, Nohely Tarazon, Connie Tarazon, Heidy Tarazon, Claire Romain, Nolan Romain and Griffin Romain.
She was predeceased by her husband Jerry Lee Bellows, her sister Elizabeth (John) Budnick and her parents.
Barbara was loved by many and will be deeply missed.
A funeral mass will be held for Barbara on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 11 a.m. (visitation begins 30 minutes prior) at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Lake Orion (715 N Lapeer Rd, Lake Orion, MI 48362). The family will accept visitors on Monday, September 12, 2022 from 4 to 9 p.m. at Coats Funeral Home, Clarkston, 8909 Dixie Highway.
For those who wish to make a contribution, they can be made in memory of Barbara, NATO and/or the National Kidney Foundation.
Coatsfuneralhome.com online guest book.