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Velda May “Mickey” Lorch


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Velda May “Mickey” Lorch, 93, passed away Sunday, July 30, 2017, at a local nursing facility. Funeral Mass was at 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 5410 Buffalo Gap Road, with Father Adam Droll officiating, directed by Abilene Funeral Home.
Mickey was born May 20, 1924 in Wallace, Idaho, to the late Pierce Joseph Dunne and Juliana Theresa (Flynn) Dunne. Mickey grew up in Spokane, WA graduating from Marycliff High School. She married John Joseph Lorch on October 21, 1950, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spokane, WA. They made their home in Spokane, WA and Roswell, NM.
Mickey went to work in Spokane at Summit Supply Grocery as a secretary after High School and then worked at Spokane and Eastern Bank as a secretary in the safety deposit department until their first child was born. While in Spokane and after moving to Roswell, she was a stay-at-home mom to their five children until the last child entered school. She then was a secretary at William F. Dickson Cotton Co. and Quarter Racing World. She retired as a bookkeeper at Arrow Gas Co.
The first thing you noticed about Mickey was her sweet smile. She was a beautiful person inside and out. Mickey was a devout Catholic and volunteered many hours to the Churches and Catholic schools we attended. She was very devoted to the Poor Clare Monastery in Roswell and enjoyed close prayerful friendship with them. She was also a lifetime and faithful member of the Catholic Daughters of America and treasured the many friends she made with that organization. She was active in many organizations and groups. She was an avid card player and held many offices in the Roswell Newcomers as well as forming her own card groups. She loved poker, bowling, and bingo! We spent many precious hours at the dining room table in the evenings with Mom and Dad playing cards. She loved her neighbors and when we were growing up, she always had the coffee pot on for a visit. She and Dad loved to garden and spent many hours enjoying their gardens and their yard — oh the stories we could tell about that yard!! She was a faithful Seattle Seahawk fan and enjoyed all types of sports. One of her greatest joys after moving to the nursing home was watching the Wheel of Fortune every night with her daughter and playing Bingo!!
Survivors include her sister, Patricia L. “Bobby” Dunne of Spokane, WA, and her brother, Deacon Joseph B. “Joe” (Jean) Dunne of Seattle, WA; her children, Colette M. McCloskey (Tim) of Abilene, William P. “Bill” Lorch of Sunny Valley, OR, Timothy C. “Timm” Lorch of New Ulm, Minnesota, Linda L. Lorch of Plano, TX, and Cecilia A. “Cece” Lorch of Roswell, NM; four grandchildren, Sean P. Murphey (Michelle) of Springfield, VA, Kelly R. Murphey (Ginnylou) of Abilene, TX, Johnathan P. Lorch of Boise, ID and Danette N. Lorch of Lubbock, TX; three great grandchildren, Aria, Aislinn and Danica; several nieces and nephews, as well as several great and great-great-nieces and nephews.
Mickey was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her sister Marian “Toni” McBride.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the All Saints Catholic School, 2700 N. Kentucky Ave., Roswell, NM 88201, the Poor Clare Monastery, 809 E. 19th Street, Roswell, NM 88201, or a charity of your choice. Please send condolence cards to the Lorch Family at 1201 W. McGaffey Street, Apt, 21, Roswell, NM 88203.
Online condolences and guest book may be signed at abilenefuneralhome.com.