Weslie Welcome

Died: Sat., Mar. 5, 2016


Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Thu., Mar. 10, 2016
Location: LaFollette's Chapel


Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Fri., Mar. 11, 2016
Location: Holy Family Catholic Church


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Weslie Clare Welcome passed away unexpectedly on March 5, 2016.  She was born August 14, 1952, in Burns, Oregon, to Wallace and Dera Welcome, to whom she was eternally devoted.  She attended school in Burns, graduating in 1970.  She attended Seattle University and Southern Oregon University, majoring in English.  While in Ashland, she wrote and performed children’s radio plays.  
She returned to Burns and was employed by the Burns Times Herald and the Harney County Chamber of Commerce.  For many years, she worked as an in-home elder care giver.  
She was incredibly artistic and creative.  Her artwork could leave you breathless with its beauty or bring on a hearty chuckle!  She loved reading, writing, and the dramatic arts.  She was an active member of the “Blue Moon” Theater group and enjoyed assisting with the traveling Missoula Children’s Theater.  Weslie was a caring and humble soul who touched the hearts of all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Wallace and Dera Welcome, and her older sister, Mary Lurie Whiting. She is survived by her sister, Louanne (Jean) Fugal of Scio, OR; nephews: Chad (Marie) Clevenger and children, Hannah & Carter of Salem, OR; and Ryan (Yue) Hayes and daughters Charlotte & Ella of Seattle, WA; nieces: Nicole (Leo) Andresen and Melissa (Zak) Dablow and children Dylan, Avery, & Isaac of Salem, OR; first cousins: Frani (Bart) Jenkins of Steamboat Springs,CO; Janie (Tom) Ritley of Hansville, WA; Eleanor Skelton of Boise, ID; and many treasured friends.  
Arrangements were handled by La Follette’s Chapel, where a recitation of the Holy Rosary was held March 10, 2016.  Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated March 11, 2016, at the Holy Family Catholic Church with internment in the Burns Cemetery.  
Donations may be made in Weslie’s memory to Mary’s Place for Homeless Women and Children, Box 1711, Seattle, WA 98111 (marysplaceseattle.org); Children of Peace International, Box 2911, Loveland, CO 80539 (childrenofpeace.org); or the Harney County Senior Center Foodbank in Burns.
Weslie’s generous, kind, and loving spirit will live on forever with all of us who loved her so dearly.

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Ryan Hayes
   Posted Tue March 08, 2016
Aunt Wes,

I was just remembering the other day how your artwork is second to none (especially when it came to the cats). I wish you would've been able to meet your newest grand niece in person but I know your spirit will watch over her and everyone else.

from your nephew Ryan

Rhonda Petty
   Posted Wed March 09, 2016
This woman was the "queen' of catchy phrases. I will miss that. Rest in peace my friend. Your earthly presence will be missed.

Yue Cao
   Posted Sat March 12, 2016
Dear aunt, wish I had more chance to meet and know you. We will often miss you as you never leave us. RIP, aunt. Big hugs from Charlotte, Ella & Yue.

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