Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Floy Clark Welch

Floy Welch passed away in Wichita Falls, Texas on September 17, 2010. Floy was born on June 29, 1911 in Sagerton, Texas to Charles and Hattie Smith Clark. She moved to Holliday with her parents in 1913. Floy graduated from Holliday High School.
On August 16, 1926, she married J.B. Goble, the father of her three children. She also married Pete Moss and Dick Welch.
Floy worked as a telephone operator at Holliday and as a secretary for Talley Insurance Agency and Ayres Welding. She was a rancher and took great pride in taking care of her cattle.
Floy was an active member of the Holliday United Methodist Church, where she held many offices. At the time of her death, she was the oldest living member of her church. Floy was an avid quilter and a member of the ceramic club. In her 70's, she picked up oil painting and painted many picures for her family and friends.
Floy was always a contributing member of her community, volunteering for many civic duties. She was known for her beautiful smile, her concern for others, her upbeat and positive attitude, her willingness to serve where needed and for her inner and outer beauty. s was often said by her acquaintances and friends, "Who wouldn't love Floy Welch?" She leaves a large void in the lives of her family.
Floy was preceded in death by her mother and father, her sister, Allene Palmer, three husbands, son in law, Louis Percy Hodge, a step daughter, Patsy Welch Allen, and a grandson, Thomas Karsell. She is survived by her children, Jeannine Hodge of Austin, Texas, Mike Goble and wife Judy of Throckmorton, Texas and Elwanda Stone of Holliday, Texas. She is survived by grandchildren, Deborah Karsell and husband Bill of Lakewood, Colorado, Douglas and wife Dawnetta of Austin, Texas, Jon and wife Julie of Heidelberg, Germany, Brandi Menard and husband Richard of Throckmorton, Texas, Grant Goble of Flower Mound, Texas, Steve Stone of San Marcos, Texas, Greg Stone and wife Brenda of Holliday, Texas and Kyle Stone and wife Marla of Holliday, Texas. She is survived by great-grandchildren, Jeanne Elizabeth Karsell Horne and husband Troy, Heather, Holly, Hunter, Louis, Erin Hodge, Reagan, Chloe, McCrae, and Jack Menard, Joshua Goble, Casey Stone and wife Amie, Christopher Stone and wife Jessica, Kelly Stone Buck and husband Brendan, Chad Stone and wife Sara, Leslee Stone Pennywell and husband Drew, Kylee and Dylan Stone. She is survived by great, great grandchildren, Moses and Silas Horne, Kayleigh, Emily and Nathalie, Crockett and Rich Stone. She is survived by two step children, Ricky Welch and wife Barbara of Kountze, Texas and Peggy Moss Wood of Robstown, Texas and one nephew, Kelsey Palmer of Springerville, Arizona.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 24, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church in Holliday. Relatives and friends are welcome to join us to say good bye to our wonderful mother at the service and a reception to follow in the fellowship hall of the church. Burial will take place in the Holliday Cemetary, Holliday, Texas. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be made in her honor to the First United Methodist Church, Box 484, Holliday, Texas 76366.
The family wished to thank the Grace Care staff for years of loving care during her stay there with them. Tributes may be sent to the family at

What a special lady she was. It has been a long week, but the good that comes out of death, the appreciation of family, the kindness and love that is shown by so many others, and the thankfulness we feel for such a loving, giving, comforting God has been so evident to me. I am so honored to be a part of such a wonderful family and truly feel the loss, although I didn't get to know Grandma Welch as well as the others. She really did always have a smile on her face, even when she was asking Chris to take her back to Holliday. The stories that were shared this week gave me an even greater understanding of who she was and why she was such an important part of this family's legacy. As we left the funeral home last Sunday, Marla told Crockett to tell her "nite, nite", which he did. So, nite nite Grandma Welch, we will me you so much, but know you are in Heaven feeling better than you have in years. We love you.

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