Harriett L. Welch


Harriett Louise Welch, 94, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018 while surrounded by her loving family.
Born May 10, 1924 in Webster City, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Blanche (Dowling) and Harry Crouch. On March 7, 1946 in Pontiac, she married Harold Isaac Welch.
Harriett lived and worked in Walled Lake until 1994 when she moved to Traverse City to be closer to her family.
She worked as secretary in human resources at GM Truck and Coach and later as secretary to the superintendent of Walled Lake Schools.
Harriett will be fondly remembered for her love of family, friends, traveling and crafting.
Always proud of her Iowa heritage, she traveled to all 50 of the United States and to every continent except Antarctica. For her retirement she traveled the entirety of Route 66.
Harriett is survived by her daughter, Marjorie "Marj" (Don) Kelsey, of Grayling; daughter-in-law, Ellen Welch, of Elk Rapids: grandchildren, David (Janice) Kelsey, of Traverse City, Kathryn (Neil) Mann, of Williamston, Laura (Aaron) Bodary, of Traverse City, Jon (MaryKate) Welch, of Clearwater, Florida, and Michael Welch, of Seattle, Washington; and great-grandchildren, Isaac and Emily Kelsey, Anna, Shaelyn and Greyson Mann, Brayden Halliday, Addison, Lola and Aubree Bodary, Jefferson and Alexander Welch.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Harold in 1974; sister, Marjorie (Glenn) Ford; and son, LeRoy (Lee) in 2015.
Harriett's family wishes to thank the staff of The Brook in Grayling and Munson Hospice for all of the loving care she was given.
A memorial service will be held on May 18, 2019, at 1 p.m., at Central United Methodist Church, Traverse City.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to the charity of one's choice.
To share a memory, please visit Harriett's tribute page at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home & Cremation Services.
Published on December 23, 2018
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