Aloma "Marilyn" Welch

20 April , 194027 December , 2018
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Aloma “Marilyn” Welch – Age 78 of Freeport passed away December 27th, 2018 in Tideview Terrace, Digby.

Born in Freeport she was a daughter of the late Parker and Anna (Churchill) Thurber. Marilyn was a member of Freeport Baptist Church; over the years she worked for Maritime Tel and Tel as a switch board operator and worked as a fish wrapper in some of the local fish plants. She played the piano and enjoyed knitting slippers, cooking and baking for family and friends. Marilyn loved family get-togethers, listening to old country music and dancing; she also loved a good game of Bingo.

Marilyn will be greatly missed by her family and friends, she is survived by companion, Frank Buckler; daughters, Cindy (Mak) Edwards, Marguerite “Sis” (Brian) Perry, Angela Welch; sisters, Joanne (Eric) Morris; grandchildren, Sabrina Edwards-McKarmic (Jarvis), Joshua Perry, Spencer Perry, Tiara (Matthew) Graham; great-grandchildren, Onyx McKarmic, Orion McKarmic, Mackaya Perry and Jasper Graham. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Berton Welch; son, Gordon and sister, Margaret.

Visitation will be held 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm at Freeport Baptist Church on Saturday January 5th also where the service will be held at 2 pm on Sunday January 6th, 2019. Pastor Craig Glavin will preside with interment in Brookside Cemetery, Freeport.

The family would like to thank Dr. John Black and Tideview Terrace for the excellent care they provided to mom “Marilyn”; also thank you to those who sat with mom and comforted her during those final hours.

Family flowers only, memorial donations can be made to Tideview Terrace Recreation Department. Leave condolences at


  • Visitation Saturday, 5 January , 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, 6 January , 2019

Aloma "Marilyn" Welch

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Rita Tibert

2 January 2019

Our deepest condolences to all the family!
Pictures are lovely!
R.I.P Marilyn
Love Richard and Rita Tibert
and families!

Ken and Linda Bradley

1 January 2019

Cindy, Mak, Sabrina and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the extended family at this time. May you find comfort in good memories of your mom/grandmother and surround yourself with family and friends.

Ken and Linda

Crystal and Wayne Robicheau

30 December 2018

Sending our sincerest condolences to Cindy, Marguerite, Angela and families. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

Debbie Cusack (Urquhart)

30 December 2018

Cindy, Angela , Marguerite & families, thinking of you all and sending wishes of peace in memory of Aunt Marilyn. All we get to leave behind is the gift of memories for those we love...we pray that you open your Mom’s gift whenever you need a smile.

Debbie, Linda, Percy and families xoxoxo



      If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be Aloma "Marilyn" Welch. She was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to her because she was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around her had whatever they needed. Aloma was a talkative person who was tactful at all times but typically said what she meant.

      Aloma was born at home in Freeport. She was the daughter of Parker and Anna Thurber. Aloma was raised in Freeport. During her childhood she learned to be reliable and respectful. Aloma was an obedient child who wanted to win the favor of others. She found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of Aloma's personality throughout her life.

      Though Aloma was frequently the one to initiate games and activities with her family, she was also quite often the family member who took the role of referee. Aloma was a peace-maker with an ability to resolve all sorts of family conflicts. In fact, Aloma worked conscientiously to keep those typical family spats at bay. Aloma was raised with two sisters. She had Margaret and Joanne. Aloma and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.

      As someone who reveled in the sheer joy of her experiences, Aloma was always enthusiastic about new adventures. Although she had an exacting nature, Aloma was always tactful. One thing Aloma will certainly be remembered for is that, when she got up in the mornings, she was ready and raring to go. As a young girl, Aloma had a number of interests and was an active child. Aloma took part in baseball and skipping. She was a member of the Baptist Young People's Union. In her spare time she liked to play piano and listen to music.

      For Aloma, the school routines were never a problem although she generally preferred variety to structure. She seemed to be able to start a project and work right through to its completion. And she was able to do it quickly and efficiently. Aloma was also adept at details. Aloma was very observant and was generally quick at picking up new things. She graduated from Freeport High School in 1957. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was Mrs Florrie Tibert.

      There was one thing that all of Aloma's friends knew and will still remember, and that is that she was a talker. She could pretty much talk to anybody about anything. This quality is one of the primary reasons that Aloma was such a popular person throughout her life. But Aloma was also dependable, loyal and trustworthy. Aloma was the kind of person who simply radiated good fellowship. While she maintained personal standards and her own personal values, Aloma was very accepting of others. With a distinct skill for working things out, Aloma was often the person who would organize events. In fact, Aloma was fairly comfortable playing the role of “host” for just about any occasion. When Aloma made friends, she made true and lasting friendships. While growing up, some of her best friend was Linda Elliott. Later in life, she became friends with Nancy Buckman, Marilyn Comeau and Jean Prime.

      Aloma was a faithful and loving person. Some would even call her sentimental and a romantic at heart. Her kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around her. Aloma cared for what others thought and carried that into her marriage. On 1957 Aloma married Burton Welch in Freeport on the homestead. Compassionate and devoted, Aloma worked hard to make her new life partner happy.

      Harmony was important to Aloma and she made every effort to maintain it with her family. Aloma was blessed with four children, Gordon, Cindy, Marguerite and Angela. She was also blessed with 4 grandchildren, Sabrina, Tiara, Josh, Spencer. Also 4 Great grandchildren, Onye, Mackaya, Jasper and Orion. Aloma was always conscious of the feelings others had. She was reasonable and understanding. As a result, Aloma was quick to solve disputes and did so without much fuss. Her secret of success in this area was simple: Aloma would listen before she would act.

      Taking her work seriously came naturally to Aloma, and she expected the same from those around her. Aloma was a good team player, someone who was born to cooperate with others. She was what some would call a “people person” and it was demonstrated in her good communication skills. Aloma was a steady worker, one who was realistic about schedules. The kind of details that would give family members and work colleagues fits were situations that Aloma handled well. She could understand the details without getting lost in the broad “big picture.” Her primary occupation was telephone operator and fishplant laborer. She was employed at Maritime tel and tel, Connor Brother's and DB Kinney Fisheries. She brought harmony to her work environment, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done, while always maintaining respect for her colleagues.

      A methodical woman, Aloma enjoyed spending time working on her various hobbies. She had no problem following all of the steps and instructions on a given project and was proud of the fact that she could have something to show for her efforts. Her favorite pursuits were knitting, cooking and bingo.

      Aloma was one of those people who took pride in constantly putting forth her best effort. Nowhere was that more visible than in sports. Aloma was always enthusiastic and a great team player. In high school, Aloma played baseball. Aloma also liked being a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite teams whenever she got the opportunity.

     Her keen interest in things that affected the lives of other people led Aloma to become actively involved in professional and community organizations. Because she was outgoing and worked well with others, Aloma did her fair share of volunteer work. And she wouldn’t shy away from taking the lead on committees or events, either. She was a born list maker and was great at creating and sticking to schedules. In high school, Aloma always sang in concerts. Throughout her later years, Aloma was an active member of the Legion ladies auxiliary and fire department also the freeport home and school.

      Aloma was the kind of person who would readily move into action in order to help others. She was appreciated and respected. She could find value in the opinions of others and was passionate about her own values and beliefs. Politically, Aloma was on the PC party committee and the Freeport School trustee.

      Not only did Aloma enjoy traveling, but she also seemed to enjoy planning all of those trips and vacations. She was a facilitator who could easily make up a near perfect schedule of all of the things to do and see. She rarely tired of going back and revisiting her favorite places. Favorite vacations included going to Halifax and New Brunswick to visit relatives.

      Aloma was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of her favorites was Rover a mixed breed and Tiny a rabbit hound, who was a best friend for 12 years.

      Since it was easy for Aloma to meet and get to know new people, she quickly made friends, even in retirement. Once she met those new friends, she loved sharing stories and talking about the good old days. Since she was practical and cost effective, Aloma was ready when that day to retire finally came in around 1996. Her new life involved relocating to Freeport. Even in retirement, Aloma stayed in touch with her old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities that retirement offered her.

      Aloma passed away on December 27, 2018 at Tideview Terrace from Parkinson's and Dementia. She is survived by her children Angela, Margueritte and Cindy also her sister Joanne Services were held at Freeport Baptist Church. Aloma was laid to rest in Brookside Cemetery in Freeport.

      Aloma was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. And whenever she said something, she meant it. Aloma was a down to earth person, outgoing and gregarious. She was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. She was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember her for most is the fact that she was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life she touched will miss Aloma "Marilyn" Welch.