JoAnn Welch(1931 - 2012)

JoAnn Welch, 81, of Mansfield, a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. Celebration of life: 2 p.m. Sunday at Burlway Gardens, 400 Burl Ray (FM 917), Mansfield. Memorials: Flowers will be accepted 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Burlway Gardens, or donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or the American Kidney Foundation in memory of JoAnn Welch. She was born Feb. 7, 1931, in San Angelo, where she married Raymond Buel Welch Jr. in 1947 and raised four children, Raymond Gary, Linda Kay, Ronnie Keith and Brian Craig. In 1964, they moved to Arlington, where she retired from the Falk Corp. in the mid-1990s. She lived a very courageous life and enjoyed life to its fullest, which included raising and caring for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Buel Welch Jr.; her parents, Garrett and Rita Stubblefield; brother, Jack; and four sisters, Maude, Lena, Molly and Josie. Survivors: Her four children; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Published in Star-Telegram from Nov. 23 to Nov. 24, 2012