Lucinda (Lu) Paddock Belin, 41, passed away on Thursday, April 13, near Leupp, Ariz.
Lu was born in Winslow, Ariz. on June 19, 1964. She attended school at Birdsprings Head Start, Leupp Public School, Tuba City Schools, Winslow Jr. High, and Southwest Indian School in Peoria, Ariz. After graduating high school in May 1982, she attended Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher, Ariz., for two years.
On Feb. 7, 1987, she married Jack J. Belin, and they began a family. Their son Ethan was born in 1989, followed by their daughter Miriam in 1990. Lu was a bus driver for approximately 12 years for Leupp Head Start, Flagstaff Unified School District, Leupp Schools Inc., and STAR School.
During her lifetime, Lu was always involved with her church as a youth leader, Sunday school teacher, church elder, choir member and was a lead soprano singer for Sin Iliinii Singers. She participated in church mission trips around the Navajo Reservation, Germany, Poland and Czech Republic.
Lu loved children so she served as a summer camp counselor and tutored children for STAR School's after-school program. She enjoyed playing softball, volleyball, going camping and hiking, singing, listening to music, and watching movies.
Lu was also a huge fan of the five-time Super Bowl World Champions, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Her favorite player was Mean Joe Greene. Lucinda brought joy to the lives of many people and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Lucinda is survived by her husband Jack J. Belin, son Ethan Lukas Belin, daughter Miriam Jacklin Belin, all of Flagstaff; paternal grandmother Ida Mae Paddock of Dilkon, Ariz.; parents Thomas and Evelyn Paddock Sr. of Dilkon; Aunt Betty and Uncle Herman Curley of Leupp; sisters Cynthia (Herman) Nells of Ramah, N.M. and Rosanda Paddock of Pine Hill, N.M.; brothers Thomas (Evey) Paddock Jr. of Tempe, Ariz., Ray (Darlene) Paddock of Queen Creek, Ariz. and Charles Oliver (Beverly) Paddock of Leupp, Ariz.; seven nephews, two nieces, and numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins.
Services were be held April 20, at Leupp Presbyterian Church followed by graveside services at Flagstaff Citizens Cemetery.
Norvel Owens Mortuary of Flagstaff handled funeral arrangements.