Irma Richards Welsch, age 93, a resident of Austin, Texas for 55 hears and formerly of Ellis County, Oklahoma, passed away Thursday, June 3, 2004
She was born March 3, 1911, at Arnett. She was the daughter of Otis Hoover and E. Belle Carpenter Richards. She attended the local rural school through high school. At age 17 she was sent to Winfield, Kansas, to attend Southwestern College as a freshman. She lived with her two aunts and an uncle who lived about 10 blocks from campus.
The next year she went to Oklahoma A & M (now Oklahoma State University) with five friends. After two years of college, she was eligible to teach in grade and high school. She taught at Booster Station School south of Higgins, Texas, in order to save enough money to finish college. She taught grades 7 through 10.
She attended the University of Colorado in the summers and finished her education at Oklahoma State with a degree in Social Work. She started working in the Oklahoma Department of Public Welfare in 1937. She met her future husband, Glen A. Welsch, when she was the County Director of Woods County for the Department of Public Welfare.
Glenn A. Welsch and Irma Richards were married on April 5, 1942, at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, at the Army Chapel on base. He was an instructor in the Signal Corps. Their son, Andy was born in 1944. Glenn was the sent overseas in January 1945 and Irma came home to Ellis County to stay with her parents. Their second son, Linden was born after Glenn returned to Oklahoma.
They moved to Austin, Texas, in the fall of 1949 where Glenn attended the University of Texas and obtained his PhD in accounting. Their daughter, Mary Ann was born in 1950. He stayed at the University of Texas for over 30 years as a professor of accounting. She was a 50-year life member of the University Ladies Club holding many offices over the years. She also belonged to the Austin Womens Club, the Austin Genealogy Society, and the Faculty Wives Club.
Her primary interest was genealogy. She spent many years researching her ancestors and helping others research. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Colonists-Treaty Oaks Chapter. She was a founding member of the Daughters of the American Revolution-Austin Colony Chapter and a Past Regent.
Her life and joy was centered on her family. They will miss her wisdom and comfort. She is survived by her husband of over 60 years, Glenn A. Welsch; her son and daughter-in-law, Andy and Connie Welsch of Houston, Texas; her son and daughter-in-law Linden and Phyllis Welsch of Austin, Texas; and her daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ann and Ric Williamson of Weatherford, Texas, eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Graveside services were held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 15, 2004, at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship Fund, in memory of Irma R. Welsch, 1776 D. Street, NW, Washington, D. C. 20006 (or to the Texas DAR Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum Conservation Center Scholarship, West Texas A & M University, Canyon, c/o Betty Bell, State Treasurer, P.O. Box 1564, Brownwood, Texas, 76804-1564).
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