Betty J. Welch

December 29, 1936March 7, 2019

Betty Jane Welch, passed away on Thursday March 7, 2019 at Beauvais Manor in St. Louis, MO.

She was born on December 29, 1936 in East St. Louis the daughter of the late Robert L. and Ida C. (Hoffman) Jackson. Proceeding her in death; her sister Joann Van Meter, and her ex-husband Michael N. Welch, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Betty was an Army officer’s wife, beloved mother, and home maker. She traveled the world with her family and enjoyed many long road trips. One of her treasured memories is of her powder blue 55 Chevy and the freedom it provided. She attended nursing school at the St Louis City Hospital and graduated top in her class going on to work at the hospital while attending Washington University's Art school in the evenings. She was an accomplished free-lance artiest enjoying all mediums from watercolor, oils, pastels, charcoal, sculptures, and stain glass. Betty's later years were dedicated to exploring her art and her natural creativity. Betty was a true renaissance woman who also enjoyed the outdoors with fly fishing, hunting, and exploring nature. She participated in many sporting competitions and won numerous awards. You would often find her tying her own flies for finishing and sitting on the banks of a river painting... in her waders. Along with her waders she was also a lady who preferred Channel No. 5, her Revlon lipstick "Love That Pink", and a nice strand of pearls. She had a zeal for life and enjoyed it to its fullest. She also instilled this in her children and anyone who met her.

She is survived by two children Her son Colonel (retired) Shawn A. Welch and his wife Anne Lutkenhouse of Hellertown PA and her daughter Heather W. Lents and her husband Mark of St. Louis, MO; three grandchildren Michelle K. Reynolds and her husband Jason of Richmond, VA; Adam L. Welch and his wife Shena of Fredericksburg, VA, and Stephanie R. Welch of Hopewell VA; three great grandchildren Avery S. Reynolds, Aedan J. Welch, and Emily H. Welch; she will be dearly missed by all.

Per her wishes cremation rites have been accorded with no scheduled services.

Private inurnment will take place at a later date at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights.

Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association or the family asks you to volunteer or donate to your local nursing home.

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Aunt Carole & Uncle David Followwill

March 15, 2019

We only knew of your Mother through the conversations you shared with us. She was such a beautiful lady and so accomplished. We could just picture her doing all those things in her life! We are so thankful for you, Heather and Mark, for faithfully supporting her in the years where her memory and health failed her. The Lord will restore her mind and body to perfection and we know that she has a special home safe in His Kingdom. Our Christian love is extended to your brother and the rest of the family as well. Allow our Lord and Savior to guide you gently through your loss. Grace and Peace. Love Aunt Carole & Uncle David

Heather Lents

March 12, 2019

Cheers to Mom

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