Ethel Belew, born Nov. 29, 1927, passed away Feb. 28, 2008 at the Oaks on Parkwood, a senior living community, after a long battle with colon cancer. She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Susie Siniard of Athens; four brothers and one sister. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Jim Belew; a daughter, Susan Evans of Gardendale; two granddaughters, Ashley and Allison Evans of Gardendale; two sisters, Virginia Thornton of Decatur and Jeanette Higginbotham of Athens; and a host of nieces and nephews, family and friends.

A memorial service was held March 3 at Riverchase United Methodist Church, where she is a member. Special thanks goes to Hope Hospice and Home Instead, especially Dora, for their loving care; to Reverend John Ray for his visits and encouragement; the Joy Sunday School Class for all the cards, food, and calls; to the staff at the Oaks on Parkwood, especially Susan Kennedy and Quena Mears for making living at the Oaks such a pleasant experience. Ethel participated in many of the programs at the Oaks as well as volunteering. Memorials can be made to Hope Hospice, PO Box 10304 Birmingham, AL 35202; or to Riverchase United Methodist Church, 1953 Old Highway 31 Birmingham, AL 35244; or any cancer research fund of your choice.

Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home, 2701 John Hawkins Pkwy, Hoover, AL 35244, (205) 987-0068

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