Memorial service is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 9 at the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church for Esther M. Welch of Artesia, New Mexico.
Mrs. Welch died Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Sunset Villa in Roswell, N.M.
Pastor Daniel Phelps will officiate at the services. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary.
Esther was born June 4, 1943 in Denver, Colorado to John Nielson and Ruthe (Scott) Nielson.
On October 19, 1989 she married Gerald Welch in Anchorage, Alaska. They had live in Alaska for several years before moving to Artesia in 1990.
Esther was an Elementary School Teacher and had attended several churches in town spreading her love of the Lord all around Artesia. She enjoyed doing just about anything you could think of as long as it was outside especially exercising. She had a special place in her heart for children and loved her family time with her love Gerald.
Esther was preceded in death by her parents and her step-father John Allen Miller,I.
Survivors include her husband Gerald of the family home; daughters Jennifer Ballinger of Wassilla, Alaska and Heidi Jones of Anchorage; sons Kenneth Welch of Anchorage and Grayson Welch of North Carolina; six siblings; 13 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to your favorite charity in Esther’s name or one of the following:First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 402 W. Grand Ave., Artesia, NM 88210, Paws and Claws Humane Society, Inc., 501 Paddy Wagon, Artesia, NM 88210, alcoholics anonymous, dementia/alzheimer's org, or Presbyterian Reformed Ministry International – www.prmi.org “
Esther, sweet smile will always be remembered. As your devotion to Esther will be remembered. Your Christian walk with our Lord is so special.
ROBERTA ANNE MCCAWARTESIA, NM
Ester, had so much energy for so long! Her love for her Lord was contagious! Gerald my Brother, you can rest, as she is where she longed to be. Just loved to hear her voice in the worship service at Grace Bible.
Larry TaylorArtesia, NM
I've missed Esther a long time. She was wonderful with animals. She helped round up my barn cats for spaying/neutering years ago, spending several nights on my front porch. What a wonderful entertaining soul she was. The world needs more Esthers. Love and prayers to the family ~ Denise
Denise Tidwell TiceArtesia, NM
I can't think of anyone who shared the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ more than Esther. She would encourage. She would say there is nothing to hard for God. Our condolences to you Gerald and the entire Esther M. Welch family.
NadineLas Cruces, NM
I am so sorry to hear of her passing. I will always remember her big heart and wonderful smile.
Terry hummelArtesia, NM
Gerald. I'm so sorry to hear about Esther's passing. I know for sure she is in a much better place. Such a sweet lady. Prayers for you and your family
Emily Moore McCawArtrsia, NM
So sorry to hear of Esther's passing. I considered her a special friend. We met when she attended First Baptist Church. She was an amazing lady who loved the Lord. Now she is home with her Lord and Savior. My prayers are with you.
Kathy TaylorArtesia, NM
So sorry to hear of Esther's passing. She always had a smile on her face. She will be missed.
Van WebsterArtesia, NM
Our condolences and our love. she is missed and loved.
Esthers was a light ...she shared Christ love to all and always had a kind word and a smile.
Sweet Esther and her radiant smile will be dearly missed by all who ever knew her.
Callie J. SellersRoswell, NM
Free at last and having a blast. She always aimed for His Presence. I treasured her friendship and felt blessed by her friendship. See you later, Ester.
Ann HoughtalingLake Arthur, NM
Sorry to hear about the loss of Esther. She was a very sweet woman. Praying for all of the family
Phil and Patty KingKnoxville, TN