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Mary Belle Smith Belcher, 68, widow of Michael S. Belcher, died Thursday, April 27, 2023, at her residence.

Born Nov. 7, 1954, in Boyle County, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Ruth Cooper Smith.

She was a retired preschool instructional assistant at Woodlawn Elementary School, was a Baptist by Faith. She enjoyed cooking, playing cards, watching television (especially The Young and the Restless, gameshows and older sitcoms), and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include: one daughter, Amy (Patrick) McMullin of Mercer County, one  son, Brad Belcher of Boyle County; two sisters, Betty (Frank) Bradley of Greenville, NC and Linda (Bruce) Hendricks of St. Augustine, Fla.; two grandchildren, Amanda (Taylor) Young of Boyle County and Seth McMullin of Mercer County; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one grandson, Levi McMullin; two sisters, Thelma Ward and Martha Harrison and three brothers, Charles, Robert and Steve Smith.

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