OBITUARY

Mrs. Geraldine (Calvert) Welch

August 8, 1931October 30, 2021

Geraldine Calvert Welch 1931 – 2021

Geraldine “Gerri” Calvert Welch, 90 years of age and a long-time resident of Prosperity, WV passed away on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at Raleigh General Hospital. Born August 8, 1931 at Princewick, WV, she was the daughter of the late Vince Monroe and Bessie Mae (Rylant) Calvert. Gerri was a retired LPN and loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She loved life and all her friends and family and was always willing to help when needed. She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, William Randall Welch; her son, Robert Alan Welch; her stepmother, Retha Widener Calvert; sister, Imogene Law; and brother, Billy Calvert. Survivors include her son, Lonnie Randall (Debbie) Welch; 3 grandchildren Aaron (Carishma) Welch, Adam (DeAnna) Welch and Jennifer (Scott) Seiderman; 4 great grandchildren; sister Helen Lilly; half-brothers Vince (Lorna) Calvert and Danny (Mary)Calvert; half-sister Karen Calvert . A true coal miner’s daughter, she started her adult life as a devoted home maker and mother. She was an accomplished and prolific cook who utilized a wide range of nature’s bounty. However; she also, when conditions allowed worked various jobs outside of the home. Later in life she became a Licensed Practical Nurse serving Appalachian Regional Hospital and the Southern WV Clinic, retiring from nursing in 1993 at age 62. At that time she devoted many years of volunteer service with Senior Friends at Raleigh General Hospital. Always a consummate planner she helped steer many social events in the Beckley area. She was very active in the sorority, Beta Sigma Phi; Senior Friends and various other organizations. She traveled much, by trains, boats, planes and all manner of wheeled vehicles, crossing the USA at least 15 times and making many new and valued friends along the way. Her presence will be missed by people in 10 states across the USA bridging from sea to sea. Arrangements for A Celebration of Life Ceremony will occur at a later date next spring at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, WV.

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Susan Kiblinger

November 4, 2021

Gerri was one of a kind. Wonderful co-worker & friend. Always pleasant and smiling. You will surely be missed. Prayers for your family.

Vonda Bailey

November 4, 2021

So sorry to hear about Gerri. I worked with her for many years & she was a dear friend. Willie & my father worked together on the railroad. She was a good nurse & a good lady. She had the nicest smile that would light up her whole face. A beautiful lady. My condolences to her son & family.

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