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Frances Campbell "Bud" Jordan Welch
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Birth: Nov. 28, 1935
Kosciusko
Attala County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Aug. 4, 2009
Winona
Montgomery County
Mississippi, USA

Frances "Bud" Welch

(November 28, 1935 - August 4, 2009)

Funeral services for Frances "Bud" Welch of Vaiden will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 7, at Oliver Chapel, with burial following in Vaiden Cemetery in Vaiden. Rev. Tommy Arinder will officiate the services. Visitation will be Thursday, August 6, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m., at Oliver Funeral Home.

Mrs. Welch died of cancer at Tyler Holmes Memorial Hospital in Winona on Tuesday, August 4, 2009. She was 73 years old.

Bud, as she was known to everyone, was born on November 28, 1935, in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to Frances Wright Jordan and Dewitt Campbell Jordan. She grew up in Vaiden. She graduated from Vaiden High School in 1953 and married Dennis E. Welch. They lived in Louisiana and Tennessee
for a few years until they returned to Vaiden and opened their own business, Welch's Garage. Bud also began a career with the U. S. Postal Service and retired from that occupation more than thirty years later. She and her husband opened several other businesses in Vaiden including a service station and a supermarket.

Bud greatly loved her church, Shongalo Presbyterian, in Vaiden. She enjoyed singing in the choir and participating in the women's circle. She served several terms on the Vaiden Board of Aldermen and as Vice Mayor. She was a member of the Third Arrow Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Carrollton, Mississippi. Bud was a serious activist for animal welfare. She adopted many stray animals and took many more to the shelter in Greenwood.

Bud was the manager of Vaiden Cemetery for many years. She enjoyed her family's history, spending many hours researching her ancestors and her husband's ancestors. She took great delight in family letters written long ago and heirlooms handed down to her.

She is survived by her husband, Dennis E. Welch; son Dennis Dewitt Welch and wife, Nina, of Grenada; son James Richard Welch and wife, Cynthia, of Meridian;; brother Dewitt C. Jordan and wife, Joyce, of Cary, North Carolina; brother James Vaiden Jordan and wife, Marilyn, of Rochester, New York; granddaughter Chelsea Denise Welch of Oxford; grandson James Edward Welch of Meridian; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Ken McDougal, Wayne McDonald, Marion Jones, and Joe Don Jones. Honorary pallbearers will be Ralph Self, George Willis Turbeville, Bernard Sanders, and Dr. Tom Dulin.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, 4301 W. Markham, Little Rock, AR 72205 or www.myeloma.uams.edu.

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Frances Welch
Mrs. Frances Campbell Jordan "Bud" Welch passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2009, at Tyler Holmes Memorial Hospital in Winona, Mississippi.

Visitation will be at Oliver Funeral Home in Winona on Thursday, August 6, 2009, from 5 pm to 8 pm. Funeral services will be held in the chapel at Oliver Funeral Home at 10 am on Friday, August 7, 2009.

Bud, as she was known to everyone, was born on November 28, 1935, in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to Frances Wright Jordan and Dewitt Campbell Jordan. She grew up in Vaiden.

She graduated from Vaiden High School in 1953 and married Dennis E. Welch. They lived in Louisiana and Tennessee for a few years until they returned to Vaiden and opened their own business, Welch's Garage.

Bud also began a career with the U.S. Postal Service and retired from that occupation more than thirty years later. She and her husband opened several other businesses in Vaiden including a service station and a supermarket.

Bud greatly loved her church, Shongalo Presbyterian, in Vaiden. She enjoyed singing in the choir and participating in the women's circle.

She served several terms on the Vaiden Board of Aldermen and as Vice Mayor. She was a member of the Third Arrow Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Carrollton, Mississippi. Bud was a serious activist for animal welfare. She adopted many stray animals and took many more to the shelter in Greenwood.

Bud was the manager of Vaiden Cemetery for many years. She enjoyed her family's history, spending many hours researching her ancestors and her husband's ancestors. She took great delight in family letters written long ago and heirlooms handed down to her.

Bud was preceded in death by her parents and a son, William Logue Welch.

She is survived by her husband, Dennis E. Welch; son, Dennis Dewitt Welch and wife, Nina, of Grenada; son, James Richard Welch and wife, Cynthia, of Meridian; brother, Dewitt C. Jordan and wife, Joyce, of Cary, North Carolina; brother, James Vaiden Jordan and wife, Marilyn, of Rochester, New York; granddaughter, Chelsea Denise Welch of Oxford; grandson, James Edward Welch of Meridian; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, 4301 W. Markham, Little Rock, AR 72205 or www.myeloma.uams.edu.

An online guestbook may be signed at www.ofhwinona.com.

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Goodbye, ‘Bud'

With photo of Frances ‘Bud' Welch - for use WED, Aug. 5, 2009

By SUSIE JAMES

For the Commonwealth

Frances Campbell Jordan "Bud" Welch is famous.

Her death early Tuesday after a years-long battle with cancer won't change that; nor will it change the feelings of love and respect she inspired in so many for decades.

A few days prior to her death, the new mayor, Mel Hawthorne, spoke of visiting with the ailing former longtime alderman, who had not sought re-election in June. He said thoughtfully that if there were a heart and soul of Vaiden, it was "Bud" Welch.

She wanted so much for the rebirth of a strong sense of community, she'd said in recent months.

Her roots were deep in the Vaiden area, and she explored the histories of her origins as well as those of others who had a thirst for genealogy. She was part of the Kennedys and the Vaidens, who were pioneers -- some might say gentry -- as this county, which is embroiled in a year-long celebration of its 175th anniversary, was developed.

A Yankee reporter who once worked for the Greenwood Commonwealth, Richard Rubin, wrote a book that in part featured "Bud" and her mother, the late Frances Wright Shivel, or as Rubin referred to her, "Red Mama."

"Confederacy of Silence" was often funny as the dickens. "Bud" talked about her experiences with Rubin as he visited her neighborhoods, both metaphysical and real, but ultimately she remarked that "Richard didn't like us very much." It's hard to believe she meant Rubin didn't like "Bud" as a person.

Utterly devoted to her family, her Shongalo Presbyterian Church, and of course her community, "Bud" recalled ruefully that there had been a time she had not realized how precious the county‘s records were. This oversight had long been righted, however, and as Durward Stanton, who is Carroll County's current circuit clerk, said after learning of her death, "'Bud' was a very special lady. Her heart and soul was in her family and in Vaiden, Miss."

Stanton grew up in Vaiden and had known her all of his life. "She worked in the clerk's office for several years," he said -- prior to his tenure. "Her smile was a permanent fixture in town. We've lost Vaiden's historian with her passing … she knew generations back."

In late 2007 the elegantly designed brick structure that had housed Shongalo Presbyterians since the late 1800s, imploded. "Bud" would live to see the near completion of its "phoenix rising," the construction of the new house of worship guided by her husband, Dennis.

"Bud" was a natural to join the group of genealogists and local historians that got together in the late 1990s to produce "Carroll County, Miss., History and Families." She invested years of her life in maintaining various sets of records and histories, including those of the Vaiden Cemetery.

She loved animals, and her heart did more than just bleed for the downcast and the abused. She was proactive. She loved reading, too, and appreciated humor as well as the facts. If she thought she wasn't the best source of facts about her part of the state, though, she'd sic questioners on those she considered better grounded. Long time friend and public servant Clarence Pierce was referred to quite frequently.

Debbie McClain, who for years has been deputy clerk at the Carrollton Courthouse, said of "Bud": "She was one of the funniest and most likable people I ever met."

Rickie Corley, who is Beat 5 supervisor, said, "She was one of the most loved and respected women. She was loved by both black and white; they depended on her. She was a historian for the community and was also active in animal welfare. People would throw strays out, and she'd try and find them homes."

Corley wasn't the exact age of her children, but he went to school with them, he said. She had a very special quality, Corley said. "She could say things to people that if you or I said them, they might get mad, but not if she said them," he added.

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From: the Winona Times & Conservative website, August 7, 2009.

Vaiden mourns the loss of beloved town leader

by Reggie Ross

Former Vaiden Alderman Francis "Bud" Welch died earlier this week after a long battle with cancer.

As an alderwoman, Welch served the town of Vaiden for a decade and was known for her down-to-earth demeanor and humane support.

"She will be missed," Carroll County Beat Five Supervisor Ricky Corley said. "She had a way of speaking to people straight forward that only she could."

Corley said Welch was loved by the entire Vaiden Community and served the town as a good citizen and leader.

Welch passed away Tuesday in Vaiden. She was 72.

"Explaining her love for Vaiden is a very difficult explanation," husband Dennis Welch said Tuesday afternoon. "Vaiden was her total life. The physical town, the people and her family are what she lived for."

Welch was elected in the 1999 special election to replace then-alderwoman Theresa Manuel, who resigned from the position.

"She (Welch) was very interested in the town," Vaiden town clerk Edie January said. "She loved the animals as well. We don't have an animal shelter, so she would go out of her way to take care of the animals that were neglected."

In 2001 Welch was reelected to her seat and once again in 2005.

A graduate of Vaiden High School, one of her last accomplishments was seeing the renovation of the school that now serves as the town's community center and auditorium.

Last year, Welch along with husband, Dennis, worked with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History for funding in getting the building completed. With Welch spearheading the process of seeking funds for the building, MDAH would eventually grant over $10,000 to go towards the building's renovation.

Welch said in a fall 2008 interview that she hoped the center would bring a sense of togetherness to the town.

"People are stopping and looking at the building and they seem very happy at what they see," Welch said.

Former mayor George Turbeville explained earlier this week that Welch's commitment to the town is immeasurable.

"She (Welch) was one of the most dedicated people I've ever known," Turbeville said. "She always put God and her work first."

Turbeville said Vaiden is a better place because of Welch and also used the renovation of the Vaiden High School as an example.

"She worked so hard for whatever she thought would benefit the people," Turbeville said.

Longtime Vaiden alderman Curtis Meeks also spoke about the years he spent with Welch on the board.

"She was a very strong person, and she always got things done. When she started something, she wanted to finish it."

When asked to describe the love his wife had for the town of Vaiden, Dennis Welch said, "Vaiden was totally her."

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FROM THE AUTHOR

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Family links: 
 Parents:
  Dewitt Campbell Jordan (1911 - 1958)
  Frances Logue Wright [Jordan] Shivel (1917 - 2003)
 
 Spouse:
  Dennis Earl Welch (1934 - 2012)
 
 Children:
  William Logue Welch (1958 - 2003)*
 
 Sibling:
  Frances Campbell Jordan Welch (1935 - 2009)
  Infant Jordan (1938 - 1938)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
"BUD"
 
Note: AGE: 73 years, 8 months, 7 days
 
Burial:
Vaiden Cemetery
Vaiden
Carroll County
Mississippi, USA
 
Created by: Ron (Ronnie Lee) Collins
Record added: Aug 04, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40253365
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- Ron (Ronnie Lee) Collins
 Added: Dec. 25, 2012
Merry Christmas !
- Ron (Ronnie Lee) Collins
 Added: Dec. 25, 2010
I'll always remember your loving and compassionate heart towards all the strays and unwanted animals.You are loved and missed.
- Betty Flynn
 Added: Sep. 15, 2009
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