Ann Elizabeth Middleton Belk was born to William Hubert Middleton Jr. and Mary Louise Askew Middleton on June 24, 1944, in Hattiesburg, while her father was serving in the US Army in Belgium. She departed this life at her home on Nov. 3, 2021.
Ann grew up in Indianola and attended its public schools. She graduated from Millsaps College with a major in French. She spent her junior year in France. An accomplished linguist, she completed several Spanish courses at one time in order to be qualified to teach both Spanish and French.
She taught Spanish at Greenwood High School and subsequently taught both Spanish and French at Indianola Academy and Central Delta Academy for over 30 years. Ann was an avid bridge player, a collector of cute shoes and had the best “Trash” recipe in the Delta.
Having served on numerous committees, Ann served as president of Twentieth Century Club from 1982 to 1984. A lifetime member of Indianola First United Methodist Church, she taught children’s Sunday School and chaired the flower committee for many years. The “Ann Belk Circle” continues to be an active group in the church.
As one of her dearest friends said, “Whatever Ann did, she did well. She was a great ‘chief’ and a great ‘Indian.’”
Ann had many illnesses and donated her body to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in the hope that it might be beneficial to students. 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. Friday followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. at Indianola First United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband of almost 55 years, W. Dean Belk; two wonderful children, W. Dean Belk III (Kristi) and two step-grandsons, Jackson and Hudson Hays, of Phoenix Ariz., and Elizabeth Belk of Atlanta; and her sisters, Janet M. Chapman and Carol M. Rozier (Chuck).
She was a wonderful and loving wife, mother and friend. She was truly beloved.
Memorials may be made to Indianola First United Methodist Church, Indianola Academy and/or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.