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Marylou Belote
  • June 03, 1945
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  • December 17, 2022

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Marylou Belote, age 77, of Bonita Springs, FL passed away on December 17, 2022, after a brave battle with Brain Cancer. She was proceeded in death by her parents Dr. Jay and Charlotte Tinholt, son Bryan Belote and sister-in-law Marylou Thornton.

Marylou was born in Holland, MI on June 3, 1945. She graduated from Holland Christian High School in 1963 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree from Calvin College in 1967. She taught English to middle school students from 1967 to 1971 in Michigan, Kentucky, and Germany.

Marylou accepted a position with the Battle Creek Police Department in 1971. She was one of just two women enrolled in the police academy at the time and graduated first in her class. Marylou started her law enforcement career as a Female and Youth Specialist and moved on to work as a Homicide Detective in the department’s Major Case Unit. She ended her career in the Office of Professional Standards, as the first female to achieve the rank of Inspector. Marylou also served as Vice-President of the Calhoun County Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Counsel. In 1997, Marylou moved to Bonita Springs, FL and joined the Collier County Sherriff’s Department Internal Affairs Unit, retiring in 2012.

Post retirement, Marylou enjoyed spending time with her family and being a Nana to her grandsons. She loved riding motorcycles, paddleboarding, golfing, fitness classes and sunsets. She enjoyed entertaining and cooking for friends and family.

Marylou is survived by her beloved husband of 37 years Robert Belote; children Robin (Jamieson) Dill of East Grand Rapids, MI, Michael Zuiderveen of Byron Center, MI, and Brent Belote of Grand Rapids, MI; siblings Nancy (Ron) DenBesten of Bonita Springs, FL, Robin Tinholt of Cedar, MI and Kristin Petersen of Boyne City, MI; grandsons Garrett and Jackson Dill, several nieces and nephews and wonderful friends.

A celebration of life is being planned for a later date.


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