Doris M. Belt: 1926-2017

Apr 19, 2017

Doris Belt, 90, a longtime resident of Edmonds, passed away March 30 after a brief illness. She left us to be with her husband Tom just five weeks after his passing. They were married 71 years.

Doris was born Sept. 15, 1926 in Philadelphia to Stella and Joe Conroy. As both of her parents were deaf, and she was the oldest of three children, she quickly became responsible for supporting her parents and caring for her brother and sister.

She grew up in Atlantic City, New Jersey, which is where she met her husband Tom, who was serving in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. After the war, he returned to Atlantic City and he and Doris were married on Jan. 12, 1946. A short time later, they moved to Seattle with their best friends Helen and Warren Nixon.

Tom and Doris settled in Edmonds in the mid 1950s. The area was in a stage of rapid growth. With only a high school education and a whole lot of determination, she seized an opportunity to venture into the building industry.

Tom helped her get a foot on the ground, and off she went. Belt Homes became a respected name in the Edmonds area. She spent over 40 years as a female contractor in a man’s world, and she built over 300 homes in the Edmonds vicinity.

Doris was an incredibly caring wife, daughter, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who always put family first. She had a strong conviction, a woman ahead of her time, and she was greatly respected by all who knew her. She was our rock and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by daughter Barbara (Dan) Lloyd, son Thomas R. Belt (Kim Reynolds), daughter Diana (Rene) Van Loveren, granddaughters Angie (Shea) Sullivan and Kari (Ian) Bonallo, her great-granddaughter, Maddie Sullivan, and her soon to be great-grandchild Bonallo.

Please join the family for a celebration of Doris and Tom’s life to be held Sunday, May 7., 1:00 pm in the Edmonds Library Plaza Room.

In Doris’ memory, donations may be made to the Northwest School for Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Children ( or Washington STEM (


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