of Benton, AR
August 29, 1933 - December 20, 2022
Mary Irene Welch, 89, of Benton passed away on December 20, 2022. Mary was born in England, AR to Vess and Winnie Childress on August 29, 1933. She worked as a Dietician Aide for more than 25 years at Saline Memorial Hospital. Mary was a Devout Christian and enjoyed Quilting, Sewing, Canning fruits and vegetables, cooking and spending time with her children. Mary is Survived by her Daughters, Liz Cloud and Bertha Steele; her Sons, James Welch, Ronnie Welch, Franklin Welch, David Welch and Randy Welch and an abundance of Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren. Mary is preceded in death by her parents and all of her siblings. Funeral Services will be held at Roller Alcoa Funeral Home in Benton, AR on Thursday, December 22, 2022 at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow at Mount Olive Cemetery in Bauxite.
Sister Irene was a dear friend and went to church together for a long time. I always look forward to see that smile. We made peanut Brittle with Sister Childress to pave the parking lot one year Awesome memories. Love, and prayers for you all. Heaven just got even sweeter 🙏🙏
I’m going to really miss you, Mama. Your cucumbers, fried okra, and sweet potatoes were all delicious every time you made them for me. I’m also going to miss our conversations we had. I’ll always love you. Thank you for loving me as your own and my son as your own.
Our grandmother was the epitome of quiet grace. She exuded it daily, she gave it freely, and her sweet disposition and loving heart will be greatly missed. We love you Gigi.
My mom my mentor!! Her sweet love and gentle touch was very comforting!! Her strength and endurance was supernatural!! I will miss her but united in Christ timing!!! I love my mom!!!
Love and prayers for you all.
I am so sorry for your loss. We do know that we will be reunited soon in Heaven and what a day that will be! I worked with Irene at Saline Hospital in dietary and we attended church together for years. She is and amazing woman of God and I am honored to have shared part of her life. Bertha, she loved to hear you and me sing together. What wonderful memories! We are praying for the whole family.