Mary Lou Welsh, 81, of Petersburg, Va., died March 16, 2013, at Retreat Hospital in Richmond.
A native of Waynesboro, Pa., she was the daughter of Harry and Virginia Broyles Cave, and the foster daughter of Percy and Ruth Cogle Brigman. She was preceded in death by her brother, Winston Cave; sisters, Anne Rountree and Betty Andrews; and her life-long best friend, Evelyn Radcliffe. She lived in Petersburg most of her life, and worked at Titmus Optical and Brown & Williamson.
She is survived by her niece, Julie M. Welch and her husband, Ronnie, of Petersburg, niece, Amy Welch Richards and her husband, Don, of Surry; and nephew, Rusty Welch and his wife, Melanie, of Dinwiddie; special "little ones" in her life, nephew and nieces, Owen and Avery Welch, and Jenna and Olivia Richards. She is also survived by nieces, Lydia Rountree and Anne Michael Bradley; and nephews, Derwood "Dudy" Rountree and Joseph Rountree; great-nieces, Beth Anne Watson and Melissa Burns; and great-nephew, Jeremy Bradley.
A memorial service will be held at Blandford United Methodist Church, 11607 S. Crater Road, Petersburg, VA 23805, at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, the Rev. Jacob Sahms officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Dinwiddie Animal Shelter, P.O. Drawer 70, Dinwiddie, VA 23841, or Prince George Animal Service Adoption, 8391 County Drive, Disputanta, VA 23842. The family can be reached at 804-732-5137. Arrangements being handled by J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home, Petersburg Chapel. Condolences may be sent to www.jtmorriss.com