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Esther Welch

Memorial services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at First Evangelical Presbyterian Church for Esther M. Welch of Artesia.

Welch, 74, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, at Sunset Villa in Roswell.

Pastor Daniel Phelps will officiate the services. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary.

Esther was born June 4, 1943, in Denver, Colo., to John and Ruthe (Scott) Nielson.

On Oct. 19, 1989, she married Gerald Welch in Anchorage, Alaska. The couple had lived in Alaska for several years before moving to Artesia in 1990.

Esther was an elementary school teacher and 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.

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 six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her stepfather, John Allen Miller.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 402 W. Grand Ave., Artesia, N.M., 88210; Paws & Claws Humane Society Inc., 501 Paddy Wagon Way, Artesia, N.M., 88210; Alcoholics Anonymous, aa.org; the Alzheimer’s Association, alz.org; Presbyterian Reformed Ministry International, prmi.org; or a charity of choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed online at www.artesiafunerals.com.