Peterson Funeral Chapel

            Deanne “Dee” Ellen Welch 77 of Aurora passed away at home Friday afternoon, with her kids by her side.  She was born September 25, 1941 in Burbank CA to Vern and Juaneva (Rogers) Lee.  On November 27, 1960, she married the love if her life of 56 years, Bill Welch of Aurora.
            After graduating from Monett High School in 1959 she attended nursing school. Her marriage to Bill took her to Texas where they started their family.  In 1962 they came home to take over the family golf course which is now the Honey Creek Golf Course.  She was very well known there for her “Dagwood” sandwiches and brownies.
            She loved the outdoors.  She had beautiful flower beds and the biggest vegetable garden you have ever seen.  She loved mowing, weed eating and keeping their yard beautiful.  She fed all God’s “critters” daily.  She loved scrapbooking and making crafts.  She could sew anything.  Her greatest love was having family out for holiday or any occasion.  And everyone together, even if you weren’t her immediate family, you became her immediate family.
            She was also very patriotic.  She was beyond proud of her family’s military background, especially her dad and brother (and her mom being a Rosie the Riveter).
            Survivors include her sons Lance and his wife Susan, Scott and his wife Missy all of Aurora.  Grandchildren Spencer (Nikki), Jared (Kelsey), Taylor (Nate Miller), Sawyer and Sage.  Granddaughter Parker Miller, grandsons Kohen & Kooper Welch and granddaughter Parker Bower.  With another on the way.  A brother Bud Lee and Glenda of Jacksonville, NC and sister-in-law Kay Bradley and David of Columbia, MO.  Several nieces, nephews and friends.  And a very special friend Rhonda Kay of Aurora.  Her parents, her husband and oldest son Mark proceeded her death.

            Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 12 at 10:00 a.m. in the Elm Branch Christian Church under the care of Peterson Funeral Chapel.  Burial will follow in Orange Cemetery.

            Visitation will be held Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. in the church.

​            In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Mark Welch Memorial fund First Independent Bank in Aurora, MO.