Madelyn Welch

obit_picMadelyn Welch, a long-time resident of the Skyway area, passed away on Wednesday the 24th of February at her home.
Madelyn was born on October 1 4th, 1 932 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Henry and Edith Vieth, In her early adult life she taught piano and worked as a secretary. On a vacation with her friend Betty at Glacier Park, MT, she met her future husband David Welch. He always joked that even though there was no hunting allowed in the park she tagged him anyway. They were married on December 16th, 1 960 and enjoyed over 55 years together.  In 1 966 they moved from Montana to Washington and settled in the Skyway neighborhood, south of Seattle, WA. While her children were younger Madelyn focused on raising them as a stay at home Mom. Once they’d grown she went back to work and was employed for 15 years at the First Interstate Bank Processing Center in Tukwila, WA. She retired in 1994.  In her free time Madelyn enjoyed bowling and socializing with her friends at Skyway Park Bowl as well as playing bingo. Road trips with her husband and children were a regular occurrence visiting family and friends and traveling to Reno and other places in the west and Midwest. Her laugh was infectious and she saw the positive in everything and everyone. Those who knew her loved her “glass is more than half full” view of life. Madelyn never met a stranger; her warmth and open nature made everyone around her feel like family.
Madelyn was preceded in death by her parents and sister Diane. She is survived by her husband David Welch, son David, daughter Elaine (Ken) Patterson, granddaughter (and apple of her eye) Laura Patterson, brothers-in-law Rollin and Richard Welch and many nieces and nephews.  Madelyn’s wish was for her family and friends to celebrate her life in their own way and time without a formal service. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to your favorite charity.

8 Responses to “Madelyn Welch”

  • Michelle Lazaroff says:

    Beautifully said. Really can’t add much to it other than her picture shows the happy person she was in and out! Haven’t seen her in quite a few years but whenever she visited no matter if it was for a funeral or just a visit to see her mom, she would make you feel special and would bring the best out of you. I hope and pray we meet again when that time comes…..until then will carry fond memories!!

  • Betty Lee says:

    An aunt that was a wonderful connection to my mother, who brought her to Glacier Park. I will miss her always happy voice and smile. She will warm my heart forever.

  • Bob Cunningham says:

    Well said! It was a joy to know her. There is now gambling in heaven!

  • Chuck (Gene) & Darlys Doppler says:

    Darlys and I would like to extend our condolences to you and your family. We will keep her in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Bobby Aumond says:

    Looked so much like her mother-my grandmother. Willalwats miss both. I will meet them in paradise.

  • Marc and Marilyn Jensen says:

    So very sorry for your loss. I always remember Aunt Madelyn with a smile on her face and laughing. Always having time for everyone and always leaving everyone feeling like they were indeed very special to her.

    Keeping your family in our prayers.

  • Skip Aumond says:

    I have many fond memories of my Aunt Madelyn. I always loved it in my younger days when she would come to our house on Christmas Eve. She would always bring lots of presents for the whole family. She was always a joy to be around. also when I was stationed @ Fort Lewis she invited me to spend a couple of days with them and my Aunt Alice and Uncle Gunner. We had a great time. She will surly be missed

  • Curtis Mecham says:

    I would like to extend my condolences to my good friend, Dave and all the family. Madelyn was a beautiful and friendly lady.

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