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Mary Louise Welch declared her independence from old age and frail health, passing away peacefully on Monday morning, July 4, 2011, at the age of 89 years. Louise was born in Gorman, Texas on Sept. 27, 1921 and grew up in Maryneal and Sweetwater, Texas. Louise married Charles Stamps in 1946. They had one child, Jennifer, born in 1949. In 1951, Louise married Jack Welch and they had one child, Sam Jackson Welch, who was born in 1954. Louise worked hard her entire life and eventually retired in 1996 at the age of 75.
Louise was preceded in death by her son, Sam Welch; and her husband, Jack Welch, of Austin. She was also predeceased by her father, Archie Grimes; her mother, Vashti (Foley) Grimes; her brother, Farley Harris; and her sister, Lois (Grimes) Love, all of Sweetwater, Texas.
Surviving to honor her memory are her daughter, Jennifer Stamps; her three grandchildren, Carmen Nored, Heather Welch and Sammy Welch and wife Lauren; and great-grandson, Sam Welch, all of Austin.
The family will receive guests at the Elgin Funeral Home from 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, July 7. A funeral service will be conducted at the Elgin Funeral Home at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 7. Interment will be private. Arrangements and care are entrusted to the staff of Elgin Funeral Home.