Mary Lou Welsh was born in Roswell, New Mexico, on January 28, 1922, to Harriet (Hattie) Hendricks and Joel Edgar Phillips. She passed away in Roswell on Friday, March 22, 2019, at the age of 97. Please take a moment and share a fond memory or kind expression of sympathy for Mary Lou’s family at www.andersonbethany.com.
Services: Honoring Mary Lou’s request, there will be no services.
Mary Lou grew up on a ranch near Capitan, New Mexico. Later, in her teens, she resided in Roswell where she graduated from Roswell High School. While employed by the US Dept. of Agriculture in Carrizozo, New Mexico, Mary Lou met the love of her life, Samuel Welsh. They married on December 21, 1940; and in 1948, relocated to Logan, New Mexico, where both were employed by the Logan High School; he as a devoted teacher and she a dedicated school secretary.
Mary Lou and Sam were married for fifty-six wonderful years and blessed with three children: daughter, Nancy Sue; and sons, Samuel Edgar and William James. She was a caring and compassionate wife and mother, and an accomplished pianist and music lover who played for the Methodist church in Logan, where she was a longtime member.
Preceded: In addition to her parents, Harriet (Hattie) Hendricks and Joel Edgar Phillips, Mary Lou was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel; daughter, Nancy; two brothers, Richard Phillips and Joe Phillips; and brother-in-law, John Werner.
Survivors: Mary Lou is survived by her two sons: Sam and wife Barbara of Colorado, Jim and wife Barbara of Roswell; sister, Lynn Werner; two sisters-in-law: Maggie Phillips and Elissa Phillips; numerous nieces and nephews, along with eleven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
The family wishes to thank the staff and caregivers at Sunset Villa for their kindness and care.
“We are thankful for a lifetime of beautiful memories for her family to cherish.”
Mary Lou’s tribute was written in her honor by her family.