Obituary for Belinda Madison

Dr. Belinda Joyce Madison, age 71, passed away on January 5, 2022 in West Chester, PA after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was born in Brooklyn, New York to Naomi Key Grandy and the late Prof. Francis H. Madison.

At an early age, Belinda accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and was filled with the Holy Ghost.  

Her early Christian development was shaped by her grandmother, Pastor Margie Key Baker of Keys Memorial Church of God in Christ in Rhode Island. As a child, she further developed in her Christian walk under the ministry of the late Dr. Richard L. Bratton: former Pastor of Holy Tabernacle Church of God in Christ in Brooklyn, New York. She later joined Open Door True Light Mission Church in Philadelphia where she was an active member and served faithfully under Bishop Maureen L. Davis. 

Belinda was known as the fighter and protector of the family, enjoyed reading and learning, and was passionate about encouraging and helping others. She had a special way of making each person feel like they were her favorite and spoke life into everyone that she met. Throughout her battle with cancer, she remained strong, faithful, and lived her life to the fullest. Belinda leaves behind the legacy that no matter what, she was going to serve the Lord!

Belinda graduated Baruch College in New York NY, and continued her education at St. John’s University, where she received a Masters of Science in Counseling in Higher Education. Belinda ultimately received her Doctor of Philosophy, Professional Psychology from Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, OH. She went on to establish a private counseling practice and worked for over a decade at Lincoln University as the Assistant Director of Counseling Services and Women’s Center. 

The cherished memory of Belinda continues through her devoted family, including her children, Dr. Ian (Jennifer) Gibbs, Ryan (Jennifer) Gibbs, and Brittany (David) Forman and six grandchildren (Cameron, Brennan, Samuel, Sophia, Gabriel, and Grace) her mother, Naomi Grandy; her sisters, Paulette (Ray) Veney, Frances (Michael) Brown, Claudia Madison, Margo Madison-Fairrer, and a host of other beloved family and friends.

Belinda’s Homegoing Service will be located at West Laurel Hill Funeral Home, 225 Belmont Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 on Saturday, January 15, 2022, where her family will greet invited guests from 9:00 a.m. until her Funeral Service begins at 9:30 a.m. Due to COVID, the service is private and will be live-streamed via the following link:

Meeting ID: 822 5840 1449, Passcode: madison

In lieu of flowers, her family would appreciate memorial donations to Open Door Mission True Light Church’s Media Production Ministry



 Due to the recent COVID-19 surge and to ensure the safety of everyone, we must adhere to the CDC guidelines and West Laurel Hill Funeral Home Policy. 


Vaccinated Guests

All guests, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask and observe social distancing practices.  For our vaccinated guests, we are requiring proof of vaccination.


Unvaccinated Guests

In addition to adhering to masking and social distancing protocols, unvaccinated guests must email Brittany's husband, David, with proof of a negative rapid PCR or Molecular test result that is taken no earlier than 24hrs prior to the event (i.e. results earlier than 9am on Friday, January 14th and rapid antigen will not be accepted). 


Thank you for your support of Ian (Jennifer), Ryan (Jennifer) and Brittany (David) during this difficult time.