Priscilla's Story

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Priscilla Armistead Belden died Oct. 8, 2017 at Munson Medical Center.
Priscilla was born to Dr. Edgar A. "Armie" and Elinore (Scanlon) Belden on Sept. 9, 1939 in Sikeston, Missouri. The family moved to Jefferson City, Missouri, where Priscilla was educated from fourth grade on. After graduating from high school in 1957 she attended the University of Missouri, where she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. Graduating in 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, she stayed on to get her certification for teaching English in Missouri.
Prior to teaching at Benzie Central School System, she taught in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, and Ruskin High School in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri.
Priscilla became interested in editorial work while working at the University of Missouri Press as a copy editor. She continued freelance editing throughout her teaching career. Priscilla was the co-author of a booklet on Antrim County Farms and was associate editor of The Torch Magazine. This was while she lived in Central Lake, where she happily grew up as a summer resident and lived year-round from 1980 to 1987.
Priscilla loved Northern Michigan and was a supporter of conserving the natural resources of this area. She also encouraged all artistic endeavors. An avid reader, Priscilla was never lonely as long as she had a book in sight. She loved jigsaw and crossword puzzles, especially the Sunday New York Times. She was exceedingly fortunate in her friendships and appreciated every one of them.
Priscilla also considered herself extremely fortunate to become a resident at the Homesteader. There she found her special niche that allowed her to grow old with dignity. The general kindness of the staff, the overall sincere helpfulness and the many personal relationships were treasured by Priscilla.
Priscilla is survived by her sister, Jane Allensworth (Dan), of Galveston, Texas; sister, Connie Daniels, of Laurens, South Carolina; and five nieces and nephews and their many offspring.
A memorial service and burial will be held at St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Beulah in summer 2018.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Philip's, 785 Beulah Highway, Beulah, MI 49617; The Benzonia Public Library, 891 Michigan Ave., Benzonia, MI 49616; The Darcy Library of Beulah, PO Box 469, Beulah, MI 49617; or to any library of choice.
The Bennett-Barz Funeral Home in Beulah is in charge of arrangements; www.bennett-barzfuneralhome.com.
Published on October 15, 2017
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