Margaret  Bellatti


5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Williamson Funeral Home
1405 Lincoln Avenue
Jacksonville, Illinois, United States
(217) 243-1010


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Trinity Episcopal Chruch
359 W. State St.
Jacksonville, Illinois, United States


2:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Diamond Grove Cemetery
Lincoln Ave.
Jacksonville, Illinois, United States

Obituary of Margaret Bellatti

Margaret T. Bellatti, widow of the late Jacksonville attorney John E. Bellatti, died Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at her home, four days shy of her 100th birthday.  She was born Mary Margaret Tomlin on October 14, 1918, near Pleasant Plains, the daughter of Harry Capps and Phebe Strawn Tomlin.  She was the great granddaughter of Dr. David Gates and Laura Holmes Strawn, donor of the David Strawn Art Gallery.  She was the great-great granddaughter of Morgan County pioneers Jacob and Phebe Gates Strawn who came to Morgan County in 1828 and Greene County in 1816.

            Mrs. Bellatti is survived by two children, Susan Green of Henderson, Nevada and John T. (wife, Stephanie) Bellatti of Evergreen, Colorado; nine grandchildren, Abigail (husband, James) Skinner of Sanford, Florida, Amy (husband, Jason) Melling of Austin, Texas, Andrew (wife, Aspen) Green of Austin, Texas,  Shelby (husband, Sean) Menezes of Round Rock, Texas, Christopher and Amberlee O’Dowd of Henderson, Nevada, and Jacob, Joshua and Jessica Bellatti of Evergreen, Colorado; three great-grandsons, Andrew Skinner of Sanford, Florida, and Hamilton and Walter Green of Austin, Texas, four great-granddaughters, Emily, Molly, and Rachel Skinner of Sanford, Florida, and Shyla Melling of Austin, Texas, and one sister, Virginia Larsen of St. Louis, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her husband, infant daughter Sally Anne Bellatti, son Tomlin B. Gardner, two brothers, Howard Lee Tomlin and George E. Tomlin, and sister Henrietta Tomlin Radford.

Mrs. Bellatti graduated as class valedictorian from Pleasant Plains Township High School and with honors from Monticello College in Alton.  Prior to World War II, she served as Executive Secretary of Federal Crop Insurance Corp, Chicago Branch Office, before becoming Personnel Director.  On June 7, 1941, she married Robert B. Gardner of Pleasant Plains, now deceased.

Following World War II, she served as Secretary to Editor of Field and Stream magazine before becoming Executive Secretary and Office Manager of Stockton, Ulmer & Murchison Law Firm in Jacksonville, Florida.  On July 11, 1953, she married John E. Bellatti at Pleasant Plains.

Mrs. Bellatti was a longtime active member of Trinity Episcopal Church and served as President of Episcopal Churchwomen, President of Trinity Guild, and former Sunday School teacher.  She also volunteered her time as President of the Art Association of Jacksonville and co-founder of the Beaux Arts Ball, chairperson of the Illinois College McGaw Fine Arts Series board, patron of the Jacksonville Symphony Society, honorary member following her 54-year membership in The History Class literary club, and vice-president of the Passavant Hospital Auxiliary Board.  She also was a member of the Rev. James Caldwell Chapter of N.S.D.A.R., Heritage Cultural Society, Morgan County Historical Society, and Historical and Genealogical Societies in the United States, England, and Scotland. 

Mrs. Bellatti was recipient of the 1999 Friend of Illinois College Award, 1996 Friend of Jacksonville Symphony Society Award, 1993 Illinois College McGaw Fine Arts Series Citation, and the 1963 Jacksonville Country Club Ladies Handicap Golf Champion.

Music, photography, and genealogy were her special interests.  She pursued genealogical research in England, Scotland, and the Alps in Northern Italy, and in 1979 published the Gates Family History, beginning in 1325 in England.  In 2008, she published the Bellatti Family History beginning in 1576 in the Alps of Northern Italy.  She researched numerous other family lines. 

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 14, 2018, at Trinity Church in Jacksonville, with burial at Diamond Grove Cemetery.  The family will meet friends from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville.  Memorials may be considered for Trinity Church, Strawn Art Gallery, or Illinois College.  Condolences may be left online at

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