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Place of Birth:
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Place of Death:
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Ret. Massage Therapist
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Norma "Joan" Welch

Norma "Joan" Welch, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister, passed away December 11th, 2014 at the age of 81.

Joan was born August 9 th, 1933 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma to Robert and Rena Cook. While residing in Ponca City, she met and married the love of her life, Lloyd Welch in 1950. Lloyd and Joan raised their family and spent many years in Ponca City. Joan owned and operated "The You" clothing boutique with her daughter Monta for nearly 10 years. After selling the boutique, Joan began a career in Massage Therapy which continued for over 20 years. Massage came naturally for her and she helped many people with her therapeutic touch. She was a certified massage therapist who taught infant massage to parents to improve newborn health and bonding. Joan also volunteered in Oklahoma City at the Murrah bombing site, providing massage to victims and emergency responders.

After retiring, Joan and Lloyd travelled the country in their fifth wheel working with Laborers for Christ, vacationing with their granddaughters, and joining other retirees to winter in Texas. In 2002 they settled in Tulsa. Joan was active in Grace Lutheran Church working side by side with Lloyd, participating in many programs including Meals on Wheels. Her greatest joys were her husband, daughters, granddaughters and great grandchildren. She had an entrepreneurial spirit. Her favorite retirement project was her daughter's Tulsa business, The Garden Trug. She was a born salesperson and assumed the role of head cheerleader and promoter for The Trug. Joan was a "people person" who never met a stranger and always lit up a room. There was nothing that she would not do for her family, friends, or someone in need. Joan was beautiful, strong, fearless, continually affirming, and loved unconditionally. She will be deeply missed.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Gene and sister, Betty.

She is survived by her loving husband of more than 64 years, Lloyd; 3 daughters, Monta Welch of Columbia, MO, Teresa Mahan & husband Leonard of Bethany, OK, and Sue Welch and Partner, Marcy Smith of Tulsa, OK. She was also blessed to have 3 loving granddaughters, Sarah Katherine Stone, Olivia Rose Taylor and Jayme Lea Epple and her husband Matt; 3 great-grandchildren, Matthew, Sophia, and Brayden Epple; sister, Marilyn Kay Cook of Ponca City; numerous brother & sister – in laws and a host of other loving extended family.

A Memorial Celebration of Joan's life will be held at 11:00am, on Thursday, December 18 th, 2014 at Grace Lutheran Church located at 2331 East 5th Place, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Flowers may be sent directly to the church. If you choose, Joan would have loved memorial orders to be placed through "The Garden Trug", located in Tulsa (918-528-3828).

Service Information

Time: 18-Dec-2014 11:00am
Location: Grace Lutheran Church
Address: 2331 E. 5th Place Tulsa, Oklahoma


Jo Ann (White) Congdoon
Joan and I became best friends when she entered the 5th grade at Washington Grade School in Ponca City, OK. I lost contact with her over the years and for a couple of weeks, something has "gnawed" at me to make contact. I am deeply saddened to find out about her passing. My oldest son passed away on 3 November 2014 and it makes her death date more relevant to me for some reason. She was such a beautiful young girl and you couldn't help but love her. She was my dearest friend and I mourn her loss. Oh, the 'fun' we used to have and the stunts we pulled-- like climbing to the top of the Welch home and watching a football game shortly after I had an appendectomy, in 1947. My love and best wishes to her family and thank you for allowing me to let her know I am thinking about her and also wondering and musing in my mind about her exemplary life. All my love, Jo Ann (White) Congdon