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Sallie White Welles


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Sallie White Welles, 95, said her final “Aloha” on July 17, 2018 following a 2+ year stay at the Northrise Village Memory Care Unit in Las Cruces, NM. Sallie was born in 1923, the only child of Victor and Margaret White of Wahiawa, Oahu, Hawaii where she resided until meeting 1st Lt. George H. Welles, a recent graduate of West Point, who was rerouted to Oahu Hawaii shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Following a whirlwind courtship, they were married, with gasmasks in hand, in the first wartime wedding at Schofield Barracks Oahu on November 8, 1942. Sallie’s marriage to George lasted 58 years until his death in February 2000.

The little wahine from Wahiawa traveled across the U.S. many times during George’s military career living in Los Gatos, Maryland, Kansas, Georgia, Ohio, West Point, two tours in Hawaii as well as a stint in post WWII Berlin. Upon George’s retirement from the Army in 1965, Sallie and George moved to Roswell, NM where George worked for the NM Military Institute in several capacities until he became a full time retiree. Sallie enjoyed golf, camping, poker and worked full time raising her five kids and trying to keep George fed, organized and out of trouble.

Sallie was preceded in death by husband George, her parents, daughter Vicky Vaughn Malinowski and son George H. Welles III. She is survived by daughters Penny White Welles (CA) and Connie Collins Welles (NM) and son James Fisher Welles and his wife Kelly (NM). Sallie’s grandchildren include Lisa Rae Malinowski (CA), Raymond Malinowski, Russ Bergholz (CA), Cheryl Bergholz and husband Patrick Simpson (MT), Garrett Welles and wife Brandi (GA), Holly Welles and husband Jared Brode (GA), Michelle Welles (CO) and Clara Welles and husband Adam Graham (NM).  She also leaves behind thirteen great grandchildren scattered throughout the US.

Sallie’s cremains will be interred with her husband George and son George III at the Santa Fe National Cemetery (NM) in a private service at a later date. To our beloved Mother, Grandmother and Great-grandmother and friend, we extend a fond… “Aloha ~ Until We Meet Again”.

Arrangements are with La Paz- Graham’s Funeral Home 555 West Amador Las Cruces NM 88005. To send condolences visit www.lapaz-grahams.com

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