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Ann Smithburg Belau

Ann Smithburg Belau, 80, formerly of Santa Maria, passed away on February 3, 2019. Ann was born in Iowa to Edward and Jean (Don) Smithburg before moving to California. She graduated from Santa Maria High School in 1956 and then attended the Royal Ballet School in London, England. Upon returning to California, she taught ballet at the Majorie Hall Dance Study in Santa Maria, as well as teaching in her own studios in San Luis Obispo and Vandenburg Air Force Base.

Ann married Lee Ross Belau in 1964, and they raised two daughters. During his time working for the US Forest Service, their family lived in Mt. Shasta and Upper Lake, CA. They moved to Porterville, CA in 1976.

Ann is survived by her husband of 55 years Lee, her daughter Jennifer Leal and son in law Armando Leal of Porterville, and daughter Rebecca Camarena and son-in-law Chris Camarena of Lemoore. She was so very proud of her five grandchildren; Chris, Sarah and Beth Leal of Porterville, and Noah and Rachel Camarena of Lemoore.

No memorial service will be held. In lieu of flowers, Ann requested that donations be made to forestservicemuseum.org in remembrance of Ann Smithburg Belau. This is a cause dear to both Ann and Lee's hearts. Her father was a longtime district ranger on the Los Padres National Forest, and Lee worked on several national forests during his 40+ years with the US Forest Service.

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