Ruth Welch

Ruth Welch

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BLOOMINGTON — Ruth Ella Welch, 67, of Bloomington was taken to be with her family and the Lord at 9:24 a.m. Friday (July 9, 2010) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, with the Rev. Mark Rowe officiating. Burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

She was born Aug. 6, 1942, in Bloomington, a daughter of Gustave and Myrtle Grabitt Woellms. She married William Welch on June 26, 1965, in Bloomington. He survives.

Also surviving are four children, Sheila (Matthew) Frank of Bloomington, Michael Welch of Normal, Kathy Welch of Decatur and David Lee Hodge of Bloomington; six grandchildren, Michael (fiancee Dominique Erving) Welch, Erica Welch, Ashley Welch, Donathen Welch, Brandice (Hakeem) McGee and Jordon Welch, all of Bloomington; two great-grandchildren, Heather Skye Welch and Jacy Lee Rust, both of Bloomington; and six siblings, Alice Sylvester of Tupelo, Miss.; Norman (Waneta) Woellms of Bloomington; Wayne “Butch” Woellms of Bloomington; William Woellms of Bloomington; Henrietta “Tiny” Woellms of Normal; and Shirley “Happy” Crose of Bloomington.

Ruth is also survived by the caregivers for her son, Michael Welch, Sally Thompson, Melissa Steele and Monica Johnson and very close family friends, Robert and Traci Frietag. She is also survived by a whole host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, four sisters and grandson, Joshua Floyd Welch.

Ruth worked for several different companies throughout her lifetime. She enjoyed all of them. Ruth mostly enjoyed the time she spent working for the Central Illinois Regional Airport.

Ruth was also a lifetime member of the Woman’s Auxiliary of the VFW No. 454 of Bloomington and a member of the Moose Lodge of Bloomington. Ruth enjoyed several things throughout her life, including country music, Elvis Presley, her dog Burney and wearing blue jeans. Ruth also loved spending time with her grandchildren, taking them on train rides to Springfield and also spending time with her great-grandchildren. Ruth was loved by one and all and will surely be missed. There will be a remembrance luncheon served at the VFW No. 454 after the interment ceremony at Park Hill.

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