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Floy Welch
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Floy Welch, 88, died in May at the Turlock Nursing and Rehab Home in Turlock.

She was born in Treat, AR. She was one of seven children and grew up in Tahlequah, OK.

She married Orval Welch in 1940; lived in several States due to his working in construction; and spent many years moving between Modesto, Oakdale, and Turlock each winter, and the Groveland area each summer to haul logs and lumber.

Mrs. Welch raised her three sons after her husband’s death in 1957 and provided the family income by managing their trucking business for Snider Lumber Products in Turlock, then co-owned and operated the Busy Bee Restaurant in Oakdale with her sister Pearl, and finished her career at Hershey’s in Oakdale.

She spent her life dedicated to her family and the Church of Christ.

She is survived by her sons Orval (Diane) Welch of Turlock, Kenneth (Shirley) Welch of Boise, ID, and Randal (Blanca) Welch of Riverbank; sisters, Pearl Hickman of Oakdale and Eula Jean Haynes of Stockton; eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and one great great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Orval; parents, Stella Ada and Alexander Ross; brothers; Haskell Ross and Verlon Ross; and sisters, Bessie Elmore and Jewel Copeland.

A viewing will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 13 at Allen Mortuary, 247 No. Broadway, Turlock. A celebration of life will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 14 at the Turlock Church of Christ, 801 No. Tully Ave., Turlock. A private family graveside service will be held in Merced.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Oakdale Church of Christ, 33 No. Lee Ave., Oakdale, CA 95361.

Allen Mortuary, Turlock in charge of arrangements.