Edith Fern Katzmeyer Welch

September 5, 1924April 20, 2021

I'm remembering the wonderful times I've had in this life with my much loved family, faithful friends and colleagues. Please, when you think of me remember those times too.

On April 20, 2021, age 96, I passed on to the new adventure we all face at the end of our time on earth. I'm happy to be with my beloved husband of 48 years, Tom W. Welch; my loving and loved parents Harry and Florence Katzmyer; many friends/family I've missed for many years.

Here is some of my unique story. I was born to Florence and Harry Katzmyer in Green River, Wyoming, on September 5, 1924, and was raised on a ranch on Birch Creek in the McKinnon, Wyoming, Burnt Fork, Wyoming, areas. We traveled mostly by horseback or horse and wagon. After attending elementary school (grades 1-6) and graduating early from Burnt Fork with an outstanding education, particularly in English, I lived with relatives in "town" (Green River, WY) for high school. These were great days and I was a sterling scholar along with being Prom Queen and cheering on GR's football team. The team included an skilled and good looking player, Tommy Welch. He rocked my world. We were married January 2, 1942, at the Episcopal Church in Green River, WY. Tom enlisted in the Marines to fight in WWII and whenever possible I followed him within the states until he went overseas. Yes, I was part of THE GREAT GENERATION. We went from horse and buggy, phones on which anyone "on the line" could listen in and comment if they felt the need, no electricity or running water to today of which you are well aware.

I held several jobs over the years: School Board Clerk and superintendent's Secretary at Manila High School, U.S. Forest Service, Roland Hall St. Mark's School and most rewarding and impactful 36 years as Secretary, primarily in the Graduate Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Utah. I was considered dedicated and loyal to the job, the U of U, the Communications Department and the faculty and students. My meticulous work, attention to detail and tenacity were welcome. I made friends and was very happy working at the U of U into the beginning of my 80's.

My beloved family I have left behind are my son, Bob Welch (Sue) and their children Tom (Renee), John (Becky) and David (Dana), all living in the Denver, CO, area; my daughter, Judy Hoopes and her children Kimberly (Eric) living in South Jordan, UT, and Douglas (Kathy) living in Santa Cruz, CA. Great grandchildren; Austin, Ashley, Alexandria, Abigail, Annalise, Denali, Daci, Katelyn, Alexander and Hazel.

A few of my favorite things: My beautiful family, my china collection, show tunes, western music, big band era music, hummingbirds, my home of so many years, the family cabin, card games/word games and my roses.

Thanks to the folks at Cedarwood at Sandy for friendship and help in so many ways for four years. Also thanks and love to my Hospice friends and excellent caregivers . . . .Charlotte from Encompass, you wonderful, loving lady.

My final resting place is beside my husband at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park where my funeral will be held Sunday, April 25, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. A viewing will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.


  • Harry and Florence Katzmyer, Parents (deceased)
  • Tom W. Welch, Husband (deceased)
  • Bob Welch (Sue), Son
  • Judy Hoopes, Daughter
  • Edith is remembered by grandchildren, great grandchildren, many family and friends whom cherish and love her memory.


  • Viewing

    Sunday, April 25, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, April 25, 2021


Edith Fern Katzmeyer Welch

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April 21, 2021

Wow what an awesome women.. My Dad Keith Rudy Warby and Evelyn loved to go see her ... we had such a great time at her birthday party celebrated in SLC ... She was so fun to be around.. She loved when my dad would go play the guitar and sing for them.. RIp Edith and may your family have all the cherished memories of you all together.. Hugs