Mary Lea Belton

June 17, 1955 - February 17, 2011

Mary Lea Belton, age 55, of Rowlett, Texas passed away February 17, 2011. She was born June 17, 1955 in Dallas, Texas to Max Seelig and Amilee Seelig. On July 28, 1979 she married, Joe Belton in Garland, Texas. Mary grew up in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Kimball High School. Mary was a court reporter. She volunteered for The Collin County Child Advocacy Center. Mary enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Rowlett, Texas. She is survived by her sons, Chris Belton of Garland, Texas, Joe Belton, Jr. and wife, Jill of Mesquite, Texas and Major Belton of Rowlett, Texas; daughter, De Dee Flanagan and husband, Colt of Wylie, Texas; grandchildren, Tanner Belton, Brendan Belton and Caleb Belton; mother, Amilee Seelig of College Station, Texas; brother, Larry Seelig and wife, Donna of College Station, Texas and a host of other family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Belton and father, Max Seelig. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 22, 2011, in the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel with Rev. Wes McGruber and Judge Janice Warder officiating. Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park, Allen, Texas. Family and friends are invited to the funeral home at their convenience on Monday to pay their respects and to sign the register book. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Monday evening beginning at 6:00 p.m., at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, Allen, Texas.

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Mary, I so wish you could be here to see our lovely granddaughter. You would have loved her. We will miss you greatly but none more than your daughter DeDee. My heart breaks for her. Please listen to her prayers and help her to cope with your loss. Blessings my sweet friend. Laurie Flanagan, October 27, 2018 I had the pleasure of substituting (as a court reporter) for Mary in the early 1990s, while she worked in her office catching up on transcripts. She was very gracious and friendly, and I enjoyed the time I spent with her. I'm so sorry for your loss. Kelly Polvi, Salem, Oregon Kelly Lee Polvi, March 2, 2011 Our deepest sympathies to Mary's family. She was a kind and thoughtful person who will be greatly missed. We are so terribly sorry for your loss. David and Niki Garcia, February 22, 2011 DeDee, Our hearts go out to you. Your mom was a wonderful lady. She always had a smile and kind word for everyone. And, room in her van for the team! We pray that God will give you and your family the comfort and peace that can only come from him. Our love, Ken & Corinne Kahil Corinne & Ken Kahil, February 22, 2011 I had the good fortune to work with Mary in Judge Warder's court in Dallas. She was always happy to see me even though I was not a regular in the trial courts. She cared very much for her colleagues there, even to the point that her own work suffered at times. Mary knew good cases and bad cases, and she was not afraid to tell you what kind of case you had. I will miss her very much. John Rolater, February 22, 2011 We offer our most sincere condolences. Joe and Mary were wonderful people and dear friends. Peace. Joe and Sue Snyder 847.381.8860 K. Joseph Snyder, February 21, 2011 GOD BE WITH YOU, MARY. RON WILSON, February 21, 2011 I am so sorry to hear of Mary's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family. Donna Wynkoop, February 21, 2011 I'm so saddened to hear about Mary Lea. I send my sincere sympathy from myself and all the Ronald O'Riley family. Karen (O'Riley) Ridgers, February 21, 2011 Our profession suffered a great loss today by us losing Ms. Belton. We as friends lost Mary. she was witty, funny and really great to be around. In a group you could always tell where Mary was. Just follow the ray of sunshine that emanated from her. She is an angel now no doubt bursting with laughter amongst them. Rosemary Flores, February 21, 2011 May God bless the family and comfort their hearts and may He fill your broken hearts with peace. "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also." John 14:2 Marisol Rocha Pitzer, February 21, 2011 Mary: You left us too quickly. Sleep well, Mi Amiga. Michael Brian Burns Corpus Christi, TX Michael Brian Burns, February 21, 2011 To Mary's family: I have to say Mary will always be a great example of kindness and patience. I worked often with her preparing and giving speed tests for court reporters in the eighties and nineties. She was always willing to help and "hopped right to it." May God's peace enfold you in your loss. I can't imagine having lost both Joe and Mary so close together in time. Mary, especially will always have a warm spot in my heart. God's richest blessing and comfort rest on each and every one of you. Michael Buie, February 21, 2011 Mary was absolutely the hardest-working reporter I know, but she always had a ready smile and willingness to help at any time. She loved deeply and committed herself to her family and her work wholeheartedly. She will be missed by all of us. My prayers go out to all of Mary's family. As Mary feels the peace that God can provide, I pray that you will feel God's strength to take you through this time of sadness. Sincerely, Marigay Black Marigay Black, February 21, 2011 I will miss Mary so much. She took the record for many many trials where I served as a child abuse prosecutor in Collin County. I enjoyed her company during breaks, loved the stories she would tell about her father (and mine), the coin she wore around her neck, and especially her overwhelming kindnesses when my mother passed away last March. She really was a special person, and she will always have a place in my heart. Though we did not work "together" per se, I knew that she loved the kids, and that she wanted me to do my best for them. The world, and especially the courtroom, will not be the same without her. I am sorry for your loss, and I send condolences from my father as well, William Robert Neil. All my love to your family. JoDee Lee Neil, February 21, 2011 What a blessing it was to have known Mary. She was one of my dearest friends. She was the most caring, giving, supportive fiend a person could have. She always had time for you, no matter how busy her schedule. I will miss her every day. My thoughts and prayers are with you Major and DeDee ..... much love Lora Reese, February 21, 2011 I worked with Mary when she was a reporter for Judge Warder. She was such a sweet, warm person. She will be missed. Donna Roach Donna Roach, February 21, 2011 Very saddened to hear the news. Wynne A. Pauly, February 21, 2011 Oh, Mary, I enjoyed our times in the courtroom and chambers and learned so much from you. You have always thought of others before yourself and you will be missed. God speed home. Your family is in my prayers. Much love. Carol-Lou Nicholson, February 21, 2011 We were so saddened to hear of the loss of Joe, and equally disheartened to learn of the passing of Mary. We had the pleasure of working with Mary and Joe back in the early to mid-1980's. What a tremendous experience that was, filled with so many fond memories. As wet-behind-the-ears, green reporters, the patience and understanding, sprinkled with your own brand of sense of humor and words of wisdom made our first job experience quite an adventure. Our thoughts and prayers are with Major and DeDee and all of your family, friends, and loved ones. Tommi Rutledge-Gray and Lorena Shaw, February 20, 2011 So sad too see God call home such a wonderful woman so soon. She gave so much to everyone around her. Her kind spirit will be greatly missed. deana adams, February 20, 2011