Rosalyn (Rose) Andra Arch Welch, 66, passed away at her home on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 following a brief illness.
Born on Aug. 10, 1948 in Cherokee to Elizabeth “Helen” Taylor Arch and the late Johnson “Sonny” Arch Jr., she attended the Riverside Boarding School in Oklahoma and graduated with an associate’s degree from Southwestern Community College. She retired from the Indian Health Service Cherokee Indian Hospital in 2003. Rose was known by many for her kindness, unselfishness, and loving heart. Rose was the rock of her family and loved spending time with her family and friends. She will be loved and missed by many.
She was preceded in death by her father, Johnson “Sonny” Arch Jr. and her brother Edward “Eddie” Arch. Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Lane Welch; three daughters, Trudy Crowe and husband Bunsey, Tracy Welch Parker, and Shaylene Welch; one son, Jason Welch and wife Andrea; four special daughters, Elise, Sophie, Audrina, and Chloe Cooper, all of the home; sister, Patricia “Punkin” Owle and husband McKinnley; one brother; adopted sons, Robert, Dave, Thomas Wahnetah and Donald “Snoz” Ross; 14 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and several nieces, all of Cherokee.
Rose remained at the church till the hour of service on Sunday, Sept. 7. Burial was at the Bethel Cemetery on Old #4 Road. Pastors Greg Morgan and Dan Conseen officiated.
Pall Bearers included: Samuel “Jimbob” Owle, Payton Parker, Robbie Panther, Jacob Wildcatt, Jeffery “Snapper’ Davis and Allen Littlejohn.
Long House Funeral Home assisted the family in their arrangements.