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Ann H. Welch

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Ann H. Welch Obituary
April 12, 1935 - April 20, 2017 Ann Hale Welch, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away Thursday, April 20th, 2017, with her family by her side. The eldest of 4 siblings, she was born to the late Richard and Pearl Smith in Como, Mississippi, on April 12, 1935, and grew up in Tyro, Mississippi. Ann graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in Speech Pathology. In 1952 she married her hometown sweetheart, William Norman "Billy" Hale, a representative in the Mississippi State Legislature. Two years later they welcomed their daughter Joy Elizabeth. Sadly, Billy died in a car accident two days later. In 1958, Ann married Don Welch of Oxford, Mississippi, and their son Donald Howell Welch II was born in 1961. They made their home in Memphis, Tennessee, where Ann worked for Memphis City Schools' Exceptional Children program as a speech pathologist and administrator for over 30 years. She was a devoted parishioner at All Saints Episcopal Church in East Memphis, a member of the choir, and served two terms as Senior Warden of the Vestry, the first woman ever to hold that post. After Don's passing in 1994, Ann moved to Los Angeles to be near her daughter, Joy, and her family. She became a member of St. James' Episcopal Church, and a faithful volunteer at St. James' Soup Kitchen. She also participated in the Grandparents Committee group at her granddaughter's secondary school. Ann quickly established a large circle of friends. Ann's thoughtfulness was legendary. Her passing leaves a void for all who knew her, but especially for the immediate family she leaves behind: son Hal Welch, his wife Barbara Welch, their daughter, Marty Jo Welch, her two sisters Faye Woods and Bonnie Schwartz, and her daughter Joy McManus, granddaughter, Kylie Ann McManus, and son-in-law Jeff McManus. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held on June 10, 2017, at 2pm, at St. James' Episcopal Church at 3903 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St.James' Episcopal Church in Ann's honor.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 28 to Apr. 29, 2017
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