Margaret E. Welsh
January 10, 1932 – December 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.
- 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
- American Cancer Society
Saturday, December 19, 2020
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Margaret E. Welsh
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"
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
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.
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!!
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.
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.
Don and Linda Pierce
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!
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!
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!
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!
December 18, 2020
My sincere condolances to Margaret's family.
I had the pleasure of being Margaret's hair stylist the last couple years. She instantly became one of my favorites. Her kindness, wit and sense of humor will always remain in my memory of her. I also had the pleasure of knowing Charlie before he passed. I smile when I think of these two together, eternally in heaven. God Bless.
December 17, 2020
I will remember always her friendly smile and warm personality. I know she and my Mom, Doris Haselby, had a good time working together.
December 17, 2020
Memorial to my dear Mother-in-law:
I will always be grateful that I had the pleasure of knowing her for 50 years, and the fond memories I cherish. Her daily prayer, hard work and sacrifice was to be truly admired and an example of the love and care she gave to everyone she knew. I knew that she would always have the best possible advice, and I turned to her often for that advice. Plus, she would always offer to lend a helping hand and follow up with concern and offers for additional help in the outcome.She was more than a mother-in-law, she was a dear friend. I learned so much from her. She made life so much brighter by her thoughtful caring ways. I always looked forward to the times we could get together. She was always ready with a kind word to everyone, and there was no doubt that she truly cared for everyone she knew. She dearly loved every member of her family and made everyone feel special. Knowing her has given me a lifetime of memories. There were our enjoyable Christmas get togethers and fun vacation memories, plus all the times we would just meet for a burger or pizza along with Dad or other family. (We seemed to share a lot of times enjoying a meal together.) It was so much fun. Just stopping by to say "hi" was a blessing. To pick out a favorite memory or two would be too difficult, because every moment that we spent time together was special to me. She is at home now and at peace in the arms of Jesus. As I miss her now, I know in my heart that I will see her again.I will treasure my memories of her as she lives in our hearts forever.
Marcia Welsh (daughter-in-law)
December 16, 2020
My condolences and prayers are with the family and friends of Mrs. Welsh. She was such a kind lady, whose sincere, caring presence served as a source of comfort to those who came to the Ball-Dunn Chapel. May she rest in peace, and may memories comfort those who mourn her earthly loss. God bless you.
Al and Julie Stauffer
December 16, 2020
Our condolences to Margaret's adoring family during this sad time in your lives.
Margaret was such a dear little lady to us. I admired her strength in getting the job done, and it had to be just right to make her happy. Margaret and I were co-workers at Gorsline Runciman (she at the Mason Chapel and I was at the DeWitt Chapel). I admired her sense of humor and her determination to make a family comfortable when they came in for a service. We bonded right from the beginning when I started at Gorsline, and she bonded with my husband Al, as he did some work at the funeral home.
Sending sincere sympathy for the loss of this "extra" special lady.
Love, Al and Julie
December 15, 2020