Florence Louise Welsh was born July 5, 1917 in Peoria, Ill. She married Glen W. Welsh in 1933 and bore three sons. Although known by most people as a dedicated “stay-home” wife and mom, she actively tended chickens; maintained a large garden; kept a coal furnace stoked; canned enough green beans to support the troops in Europe; regularly swept water from a flooded garage; and prepared meals for three young boys and a husband. She did all this while working part-time as a waitress in a local restaurant and as a clerk in a donut shop.
At the age of 33 Florence and Glen executed a plan to move west. They bought a 33-foot trailer and a Kaiser sedan automobile and moved to Albuquerque, N.M. Two years later the family moved to Hawthorne. She and her husband owned and managed the Hawthorne shoe store. After the three boys attended Mineral County High School, Florence and Glen moved to Los Angeles, Calif. where she became a real estate property manager for a large apartment complex.
They moved to Thousand Oaks, Calif. in 1969. Florence worked at an electronics manufacturers plant as an inspector while Glen finished a career in road construction. Glen died in 1987 after they had celebrated 54 years of marriage. Florence maintained her home and family cabin at Virginia Lakes on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Mountains. She lived alone up to the age of 95 when she moved to Lakeview Terrace in Boulder City, Nev. Florence is survived by her sons and their wives: Ronald and Samantha Welsh from Boulder City; Bill and Cheryl Welsh from Reno; and Dennis and Joyce Welsh from San Pedro, Calif. She will be dearly missed by eleven grandchildren, twenty-one great grandchildren, eleven great, great, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and many friends.
Services will be held at Christ Lutheran Church in Boulder City at 1 p.m. on Oct. 4, 2014.