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Mary V. (Church) Welch

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Mary V. (Church) Welch Obituary
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Mary V. Church Welch, 85, departed this life peacefully on Thursday morning (July 10, 2014), after a brief illness.

She was born in St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Hannibal on Aug. 13, 1928, the oldest child of Viola Ryan Church and Ralph Church.

She attended McCooey High School, where she was valedictorian of her graduating class, a cheerleader, Valentine Sweetheart and homecoming queen attendant. She attended college at Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, Kan.

She married Robert J. Welch of Hannibal on April 21, 1949, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Hannibal -- the start of a 61-year union which flourished until his death on July 2, 2010. They lived in St. Louis while he worked for the Fisher Body Division of General Motors Corp. in St. Louis prior to returning to Hannibal in 1953.

Mary was active for decades in the Missouri pro-life movement, and began hosting the now-large Right to Life garage sale in her driveway at 115 Shepherd Place. She continued supporting pro-life causes to the end. She also was instrumental for many years in coordinating the 24-hour Eucharistic adoration within Holy Family Parish.

Mary was charitable, devout and faithful; she loved God, her family, her church, her community and her country. She dedicated many years of her life to providing a nurturing home for her husband and six sons. She was vivacious and highly considerate, taking a deep and genuine interest in other people. She was a gracious hostess, tireless teacher, efficient household manager, serious nutritionist and excellent cook. Her recipes and journals of family meals and special occasion menus are detailed and useful. She had a beautiful voice and loved to sing. She thoroughly enjoyed flowers and plants, music, bird-watching, good dogs, reading, food preparation and family vacations.

Mary is survived by her brother, sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, whom she loved dearly and who will always remember her sacrifices, support, love, and care for them.

She lives on in the memory and lives of her brother, the Rev. Wenceslaus F. X. Church, OFM, of Chicago; and her children, Dr. John Welch (Cristina) of Madrid, Spain, and grandson, Guillermo; Joseph Welch (Sharon) of Hannibal and grandchildren, Eric (Karine), Christopher (Sonia) and great-grandchildren, Elena and Peter, Colin (Cate) and great-granddaughter, Rebecca, Maria Nolan (Patrick), and Theresa Golbeck (Frank) and great-granddaughter, Eleanor, Michael Welch (Janet) of Centennial, Colo., and grandchildren, Rebecca Geswein (David) and great-grandsons, William and James, Daniel (Cara) and great-grandson, Brady, Bridget King (Jason) and great-grandchildren, Adam and Grace, and Marybeth Goodwin (Joe), Marilyn Kerkemeyer (Dr. George) of Hannibal, and grandchildren, Leslie Wilde, Meredith Cornelison (Steve) and great-grandchildren, Elijah, Joshua and Charles, Ryan, and Margaret; Stephen Welch (Shari) of Seattle, Wash., and grandchildren, Lucas and great-granddaughter, Brooklyn, and John Adam (Audrey); and Dr. Timothy Welch (Judi) of Eugene, Ore., and grandchildren, Jacob, Andrew, Emily and Hannah.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Bob; and her beloved son, Mark.

SERVICES: 10 a.m. Saturday, July 19, Mass of Christian burial will be in the Holy Family Catholic Church in Hannibal. The Rev. Mike Quinn will officiate. Burial will be at Holy Family Catholic Cemetery in Hannibal.

Pallbearers are John R. Welch, Joseph D. Welch, Michael F. Welch, Ryan M. Welch, Stephen G. Welch, and Timothy B. Welch

Honorary pallbearers are: Guillermo Welch Casals, Eric R. Welch, Christopher J. Welch, Colin A. Welch, Daniel M. Welch, Lucas A. Welch, John A. Welch, Andrew M. Welch, Jacob T. Welch and Jimmy O'Donnell.

VISITATION: 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 18, with rosary at 5:30 p.m. at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal.

MEMORIALS: Holy Family Parish, 218 S. Maple Avenue, Hannibal, MO 63401 or Missouri Right to Life, P.O. Box 651, Jefferson City, MO 65102.

ARRANGEMENTS: James O'Donnell Funeral Home, Hannibal.

WEBSITE: www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com.
Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from July 15 to July 17, 2014
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