Joan C. Welch

October 14, 1937 ‒ April 07, 2016

Delaware, Ohio

Joan Carol (Mullins) Welch, 78, of Delaware, passed away April 7, 2016 at Willow Brook Christian Village, surrounded by her family.

She was born on October 14, 1937 in Hitchins, Kentucky to Everett H. and Vivian (Yates) Mullins.  Preceded in death by her parents, Joan was also predeceased by her husband of 53 years, David Lee Welch (2011), her brother Charles Everett Mullins and her sister Dolly Ellen Mullins.

She is survived by her daughter, Shelly Welch (David) Fitzhugh, of Delaware.

Joan was a homemaker, always supporting her daughter and her husband in their varied interests and pursuits.  She was employed as a manager at Swan Cleaners, as a private babysitter, and as the Housekeeping Manager of The Delaware Hotel until 2006.  Joan enjoyed traveling with Shelly and David, visiting antique shows with her husband, gardening, spending time with friends and neighbors, and shopping with her daughter.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 13 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William St. at Valleyside Dr., Delaware; where memorial services will follow at 7:30 p.m.

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    • Thanks so much Mark and Carolyn-
      We will miss her so much, however we are comforted by the fact that she is no longer in pain.

  • I was saddened to hear of the loss of your Mom. May the comfort of God help you through this difficult time.
    Esther Shimansky

    • Esther,
      Thanks so much for you kind words. She is at peace now, and I have all of these amazing memories… I am truly blessed.

  • Shelly & David, Ken & I are sending our deepest sympathies during this difficult time of loss for both of you. Take peace from knowing how much your mom loved & trusted your never ending love & care especially when she needed you most. God bless you both as you continue to cherish memories in the days & years ahead.

    • Janet,
      Thanks so much for your supportive words and your card. I have appreciated our conversation and your support over the last few months.

  • Oh, Shelley we’re so sorry to hear of Joan’s death. Our children wouldn’t be the wonderful people they are without the loving, kind and wise care your mother gave them. “Joan’s pancakes” are still legendary, the tea tin she gave me for Christmas 30 years ago still sits beside the stove to remind me how important she was in our lives and the ornaments she helped the children make not only hang on our Christmas tree each year but have also traveled with Andrew, Jon and Sarah to their far flung homes.
    Our hearts go out to you along with apologies for losing touch.May her soul and the souls of all the departed rest in peace.

    Lynne Tappan

    • Lynn,
      Thanks so much for your heartfelt message. It s so much fun for me to hear stories of her. Your family meant so much to my Mom, and she always felt that you were all part of our family. I just entered my post from Facebook on this website a few minutes ago, basically it was a small tribute to her. I have always felt so blessed to have her as a mother. Thanks again!

    • Lynn,
      Thanks so much for the lovely comments and memories of my mom. She loved your family and treasured her memories of the kids. She really felt like you were part of our family. As you know she was a great Mother and I was lucky to have her. I just posted a small memorial to her on the funeral site. And I would agree, she made “amazing pancakes”
      All our love and prayers to your family.
      Shelly and David

  • My mother Joan Welch lost her brave battle with Alzheimers on Thursday evening (4/7/16). She was an amazing wife, mother, mother-in-law and friend. I miss her already, however anyone who has a family member with this terrible disease, knows that the “missing” starts long before your loved one is taken. You have to literally stand and watch your loved one being stripped of everything they have known.
    This battled changes everything….for the person with this disease and for everyone that loves them. My Mom lived with David and I, for 4 years of the last 5 years, and it has been our privilege to have taken care of her. Last year we put her at Willow Brooks- Memory Care Facility (Passages) in Delaware Ohio. It was the hardest decision we ever had to make. But the staff at this facility are awesome and I don’t know what we would have done without them.
    I am so grateful to have had this amazing Mother and so many great memories. but I am grateful for so much more. My husband, who spend endless hours with my Mom, and was involved in her care every step of the way. He treated her like his own Mom and opened our house to her and whatever was best for her.
    I am grateful to my friends as I have not been very reciprocal over the last few years, and have neglected those relationships. Everyone of them have been supportive and understanding, as I cancelled outings or called randonly and talked or cryed.
    To all my ffriends….thanks for all of your support, understanding, advise and listening, I appreciate you more than I can say.
    Rest in peace “my amazing Mother”, without pain and with all of your precious memories returned to you, your daughter won’t be the same without you…

  • Shelly and David,

    I am saddened at this time for you. I know how close you and your mom were, and I know she didn’t want to leave you. Sometimes our parents or spouses just need to go, to save us further worry and sadness. May God grant you peace as you go forward.