Funeral services for Melba Beatrice Bellew Edmonds, aka “Aunt Bea,” 92, will be held on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2500 Southside Dr., Shreveport, Louisiana. Burial will follow at Forest Park West Cemetery, 4000 Meriwether Rd., Shreveport. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Officiating the service will be Dennis Aaron.
Aunt Bea was born on September 11, 1929 in Genoa, Arkansas to James Lafayette Bellew and Cornelia Norris Bellew and passed away on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Aunt Bea was a resident of Keithville, Louisiana. Before retiring, she worked as a nursing aid in the health care industry. She was a strong, warm, caring woman that raised six girls all by herself. Her passion was her family that she loved fiercely. Aunt Bea had a green thumb. She could grow anything! She loved gardening and had the most beautiful flowers. She also loved to read. And last, but by no means least, there is the GOLDEN GIRLS. This is Mom, Jorene, Linda and Wanda Ann. Mom was the Aunt, and the others were her nieces. These four spent as much time together as any Mother-Daughters could have. They played cards till they would fall out and fish till it was too hot and then play cards all over again. They were each other’s best friend, and fishing and camping was a great excitement for all four of them. Three preceded Aunt Bea in death but now the Golden Girls are all reunited, and our families could not be happier!
Aunt Bea is preceded in death by her parents; husband(s); five brothers; three sisters; two daughters, Peggy and Karen; two grandsons, Chad and Joshua; and one great-granddaughter, Samantha. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Sue Hazen, Paulette Ortiz, Dianne Sellars and Vickie Wimmer and husband, Bill; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Honoring Aunt Bea as pallbearers will be Brian Toney, Bradley Pruett, Tylor Toney, Corey Beard, Steve Sanders and Sam Hazen. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Bill Wimmer, Craig Wiley and Robbie Pruett.