Rita Ann Welker, 71, of Watson, died at 8:21 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Gieseking Funeral Home in Altamont, with the Rev. Robert Tucker officiating. Burial was in Arborcrest Memorial Park in Effingham. Visitation was held from 10 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Memorials: Baptist Children's Home, c/o BCHFS, 949 County Road 1300 North, Carmi, Ill. 62821. Online condolences may be shared at www.giesekingfh.com.
Mrs. Watson was born on Thursday, Feb. 12, 1942, in Effingham, the daughter of Gaylord and Bertha Riley White. She married Gordon Welker on Jan. 11, 1960.
She is survived by her husband; sons, Troy Welker and his wife Kathy of Effingham, and Michael Welker and his wife Susan of Pueblo, Colo.; and daughters, Diana and her husband Ed Roman of Carlisle, Pa., and Tracey and her husband Jeff Tonn of Watson.