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Mary Etta Welch, 89, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 29, 2019. She was born on June 22, 1929 in Gilliland to Otis Lee and LaVada (New) Bays.
Mary Etta loved living the farm life. She was a wonderful cook, especially her pecan pies. She also enjoyed gardening and had a green thumb. Mary Etta worked at the Knox County Clerk’s office for 10 years, but the majority of her life she was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband E.D., two sisters Edith Leonard and LaVerne Dunsmore and two grandsons Kevin Oustad and Tony Burson.
Mary Etta is survived by two sisters Alta Ryder of Wichita Falls and Lanora Black of Comanche; one son Dennis Welch and wife Charolotte of Gilliand; three daughters Linda Oustad and husband George of Munday, Becky Beaty and husband Tracy of Tioga and Susan Cartwright and husband Tracy of Benjamin; and also nine grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Monday at the Gilliland Cemetery with Royce Miller officiating under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to Hospice of Wichita Falls or the Gilliland Cemetery Association.