Doris Elaine WELCH

April 4, 1920 ~ July 17, 2006

Mrs. Doris Elaine Welch passed away July 17, 2006, at St. Louis University Hospital, St. Louis, MO., at the age of 86 years, 3 months & 13 days. Doris was born April 4, 1920, in Esther, MO., & was the daughter of Hugh A. & Ida V. 'Lane' Burns. Also preceding-in-death were: her husband, Francis Harvey Welch (June 28, 1990); 2 Brothers: Bert & Donald Burns & 1 Great-Grandson, Christopher Todd Fairfield.

Doris was a member of: * First United Methodist Church of Park Hills & * Eastern Star Chapter #430 of Farmington.

Survivors Include: 1 Daughter, Suzan Gilliam, of Champaign, IL; 1 Son, Jim Welch, of Cuba, MO; 1 Sister: Peggy Mitchell, of Park Hills, MO; 2 Grandchildren: Shelly 'Mrs. Chris' Fairfield, of Frisco, TX & Kristie Powell, of Champaign, IL; 4 Great-Grandchildren: Karley & Dallas, of Champaign; Jordan & Maya, of Frisco.

Visitation: Wednesday, 5-8 pm. Visitation resumes Thursday, 7:00 a.m.

Funeral: Thursday, 11:00 a.m., July 20, 2006

at: TAYLOR Funeral Service CHAPEL, with Rev. Darrell McFarland & Rev. Pete Soens officiating.

Interment: Hillview Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Farmington.

Memorials to: * Ozark Actors Theater - PO Box K - Rolla, MO. 65401 &/or * Developmental Service Center - 1304 W. Bradley - Champaign, IL 61802

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  1. My deepest sympathies to Doris' family and friends. Although I knew Doris for only a year or so at the end of her life, through the Christian Women's monthly breakfasts, I totally looked forward to sitting near her, she was such an "elegant spirit"! Sincerely, Blondie Hill

  2. All of us here in your OAT family are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. We have been so fortunate to have Doris in our audience for so many years and will not forget her!

  3. Tuesday July 18, 2006 Susan, We are very sorry to hear the sad news. We liked Harvey and Doris a lot. Love and Prayers, Bill and Leona Gibson

  4. I'm Very sorry to hear about your loss- I did not know her but I do know she raised a truly fantastic son– her loss is all of ours. Hope you all stay well and remember that you're in my thoughts.

  5. Dear Jim & Suzan, Our deepest sympathies — I know you loved your Mom SO much, and she had to know that. She must have been a wonderful woman and mother, and I am sure you will always miss her and always be grateful for everything she gave you. Our love to your entire family, Chris & Gail (Hintz)

  6. Jim, My deepest sympathy… my thoughts go out to you, may you find comfort in friends. your friend, Reed

  7. Suzan & Family: I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember the great times we had as kids – even the trouble we got into! Sincerely, Sharron & Dick Pettus

  8. Jim, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. Please know that my thoughts are with you and the rest of the family. I've missed you this summer. Suzanne

  9. My husband & I delivered "Meals on Wheels" to Doris for some time, until our route was changed. Also, we & my mother, Dorothy Straughan, knew Doris from church in Farmington & UMW. We all thought so much of your mother. She was a sweet lady. I just couldn't believe it whenever I heard about her death. She will be missed. Also, my mother & I went to Rolla to see several of the plays Doris's son was involved with. I know that Doris was so proud of him, and was so pleased that so many of her friends went to the plays & enjoyed them. I am sorry that I couldn't make to either visitation or the funeral, but I spent yesterday delivering Cheer Plates to our shut-ins for UMW, and the heat got me down. The Photo Tribute is very nice. On behalf of my husband, my mother, & I, we sincerely give you our sympathy. May Christ's love surround & comfort you at this time, Kathy & Joe Stewart & Dorothy Straughan

  10. Jimmie an Susan We are so sorry of your loss. Your mother was so much fun an we enjoyed her so much. She always looked forward to you coming home to visit her an help with things. Oh how she liked to go to Ste Genevieve an eat liver dumplings on tuesdays.She missed your father so much an used to tell of the all the traveling an different things they did together. Now there together in heaven.I know you both have so many good memories—keep them close to your heart because she loved you both so much. God Bless you both an your in our prayers. Bob an Martha Darrough

  11. Susan and Jim, I'm so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. – My sister Amy sent me the link. Doris was a great lady and had a long and wonderful life. I'll always remember all the many happy times at your house up in the park. Please know that she (and you) are in my prayers. with Love, Bill Black

  12. Jim and Suzan, Love the picture of your mother's friendly and loving face. She was always a joy to have around for a visit. May your memories sustain you. Know that we love you Jim. Cindy

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