OBITUARY

Margaret E. Welsh

January 10, 1932December 13, 2020

Margaret E. Welsh, 88, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 13, 2020. Born January 10, 1932 in Lansing to Mark and Ruth (Nichols) McKie, Margaret spent her childhood in Holt and her adult life in Mason. She was an active member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Mason, where she played piano and organ and met her husband, Charles “Charlie” Welsh. They dated in high school and married after graduation, spending 67 wonderful years together.

Margaret loved music and was a gifted musician, playing for many church services, weddings, and even funerals. It was after playing the organ for many years at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes that Margaret began to work for the funeral home as a hostess, providing a welcoming face to the community at the Ball Dunn Chapel.

When she wasn’t making music, Margaret loved to travel, and she and Charlie made many motorcycle trips all over the country. Mackinaw Island and the Smokey Mountains held particularly special places in her heart, but she also treasured the train tours, camping trips, and river cruises. She enjoyed spending time by going out to eat with their friends and family, attending Spartan Women’s basketball games as season-ticket holders, and watching the Tigers. Margaret did the yard work, raising roses and many beautiful flowering shrubs. She continued this throughout her life and relied on daughters to weed and mow this past year while she sat out and watched, many times holding a beloved grand dog.

Margaret was a meticulous record-keeper and organizer, and her work ethic was second to none. She always found something to do that would improve her surroundings, whether it was cleaning, straightening, or organizing. She enjoyed her friendships and worked to maintain relationships over time – her mailbox is still filling up with Christmas cards from all her friends.

Above all, Margaret’s first love was Charlie and her children and many grandchildren. She and Charlie spent much time attending birthday and holiday celebrations with the different family members. The addition of new babies and grand dogs were joyous occasions for her. Because of this, her grandchildren knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Charlie; her parents; and her sisters, Elaine Eshelby and Betty Goodman.

Margaret’s memory will be cherished by many, but especially her children, Bradford (Marcia) Welsh, Melissa Welsh, and Michelle (Park) Peters; grandchildren, Steve (Amanda) Welsh, Jennifer (Gannon) Welsh, Amanda (Chris) Baker, Allison (Chris) Bannick, Kirsten (Dustin) Roberts, and Leif (Ann) Rolandson; her 19 great-grandchildren and her two great-great-grandchildren.

A Private Family interment will take place in Maple Grove Cemetery in Mason. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 10:30am at Mason First Church of the Nazarene, 415 E Maple St, Mason, Michigan, so all can gather to remember and shares stories of Margaret’s incredible life.

Memorial Contributions may be made in Margaret’s honor to the American Cancer Society.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Chris Bannick
  • Andrew Agar
  • Steve Welsh
  • Charles Sayles
  • Leif Rolandson
  • Todd Ballard
  • Gary Platt, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jon Platt, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Doug Platt, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Russell Akers, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Glenn Smith, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, December 19, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, June 10, 2021

Memories

Margaret E. Welsh

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
Robbyn Hoffman

January 10, 2021

This message is on behalf of my mother, who has been very sad to hear of her friend Margaret's passing. She's really wanted to send a card to the family, but had no address. This is her message. " There are no words to express our deepest sympathy to the Welsh family for the loss of their mom. Margaret and I graduated from Holt High School June of 1950. We were good friends for years, and when we were kids, we played house in her mom's huge lilac bush. We will miss our dinners at Bob Evan's, seeing Mary and friends, and having good conversations. Please know that our thoughts and hearts are with all of you. Love, Mary Lou and Jim Hoffman"

Margaret Welsh

December 29, 2020

My aunt Margaret, I will never forget the beautiful handiwork she lovingly did when she mended her children’s clothing. She surely was a talented and gifted lady. She worked hard to make a house a home. Truly kind and caring.
When I would call her to encourage her she would encourage me with her never ending optimism determined to do the best in every challenging situation. She is surely missed. Marlene Ballard

Stephen Welsh

December 24, 2020

Margaret (Grandma) will always be remembered by me as a sweet, kind and loving person who had a genuine interest in the well being of others. I will miss her dearly and will cherish her memories. As a young boy I always felt loved and safe while in her home. It was always a treat to visit with her and Grandpa.

Amanda Baker

December 23, 2020

I will never forget the times I was with my grandma. She was always so thoughtful and considerate of others. I remember how her face would light up whenever she was around any of her great grand babies. I will remember her angel food cake served with strawberries at Christmas time, her goulash was always the best, and the eggs with bacon mixed in for breakfast if I ever spent the night. Whenever I spent the night she would be downstairs practicing her music or outside gardening. And when me and Kirsten spent the night we would usually play with her laundry shoot. I don't think she cared for that much :) She will be missed by many!!

Jennifer Welsh

December 22, 2020

I have so many great memories of my grandmother and feel very blessed that I was able to be a part of her life and spend so much time with her over the years. She truly was a very special person that I will forever cherish. One of my favorite memories is spending the night at her and my grandfather's home. She would let us grandkids have iced animal crackers or orange sherbet slightly before bed and always read us a book. That may seem like such a simple memory but those were always special times in my childhood that I will remember forever.

Linda Pierce

December 20, 2020

Dear Welsh Family,

We are sending our deepest condolences to your family during this difficult time. We remember your mom as always kind, friendly, and interested in our lives. She played the organ at our wedding, and we listened to her great talent many Sundays and at special events. We will miss her.

Love,
Don and Linda Pierce

Brad Welsh

December 20, 2020

I'm really going to miss my Mom, but I'm so very happy she's in Heaven with Jesus and all the pain & suffering is gone. She was such a wonderful Mother and such a nice person with a lot of friends over the years. Marcia & I were so blessed to share so much over the years going on trips on motorcycles, (Nova Scotia, Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Jackson Hole, & Riding around Lake Superior, Great Smokey Mountains just to name few), going to tractor auctions & shows, going out to eat, coming over for Family meals on the holidays & sharing time with our kids, so many memories of all we shared with her. She was game for anything so many memories that I will cherish for ever! She always had something positive to say and told me more than once how lucky I was to have Marcia for my wife, Mom really loved her the same as me, and what a blessing that was for us! When I think back it's hard to believe all the time flew by so quick, I'll cherish all the time we had together& all the wisdom & advice she gave over the years! Mom was such a wonderful mother to me & I truly was blessed from God to have her! We love you Mom!

Lynda Inman

December 19, 2020

Dearest Aunt Margaret,
What wonderful memories I have of you and Uncle Charlie. From Saturday nights swimming at Duck Lake with my parents, all the way to our birthday dinners and shopping in Frankenmuth just last January. You were always ready to go and have some fun.
I’m so proud that your sweet, determined spirit never wavered even to just last week, when you said, “This help isn't my boss. I pay them!” Then you giggled about being disobedient and did just what was expected of you.
Now I think the shrubs have all been trimmed, so you can just relax and enjoy the beauty of heaven.
Thank you so much for enriching my life, Aunt Margaret!

Linda Hutchcroft

December 18, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Margaret at the Ball Dunn Chapel for many years. She was a gracious, hardworking lady who never complained or spoke a cross word. She was truly a wonderful and knowledgeable person who I respected. I can only hope she and Charlie are together again and enjoying another motorcycle ride. Rest in peace lovely lady!

Paula Tarras

December 18, 2020

My deepest condolences to Margaret’s family. Margaret and I worked together at Gorsline and when I started 8 years ago she trained me at the Ball Dunn Chapel. A lot of wonderful memories with Margaret and always enjoyed her friendship. She was a gem!! I will always remember Margaret and will keep her in my thoughts and prayers!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY