Edith Crockford Welch, 91, of Carol Woods Retirement Community, Chapel Hill, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 3, 2015. Friends and family are invited to celebrate her life at a memorial service Friday, April 17 at 3:30 p.m. at Carol Woods, 750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill in the Social Lounge. Interment of Edith’s ashes will take place at the Chapel of the Cross, 304 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill on Saturday, April 18 at 2 p.m. Edith was born on October 24, 1923, to Horace D. and Helen Crockford in Durham. She grew up in Chapel Hill and received her bachelor’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1944. Edith continued her education at Katherine Gibbs College in New York City before marrying J. Edmund Welch on March 25, 1945 at the Chapel of the Cross. Ed and Edith had three sons and made their home in seven states in the Southeast. Edith retired from McJunkin Corporation in Charleston, W.Va., and she and Ed moved back to Chapel Hill in 1992. Edith will be missed by everyone who knew her, especially her family. She leaves behind three sons, Edmund B. (and Patricia) of Woodbridge, Va., Christopher D. (and Renda) of Concord, N.C., Richard K. of Fairfax, Va.; six grandchildren, Kristina W. Kusa of Columbia, S.C., Jennifer W. (and James) Bruce of Tigard, Ore., Lauren E. Welch of London, England, Erin W. (and Joseph) Robbins of Raleigh, N.C., Sarah C. Welch of Atlanta, Ga., and Daniel M. Welch of St. Louis, Mo.; one great-grandson, Carter S. Bruce of Tigard, Ore.; and one sister, Helen C. Winn of Texas. Edith will be reunited with her husband, Ed, who passed away on January 13, 2004. Edith was well-liked by all who knew her. What she lacked in stature, she made up for in kindness and good humor. At Carol Woods, Edith could often be found enjoying dinner with friends, watching the many birds (and squirrels!) on her patio, or working at the puzzle table where she sometimes stayed until the wee hours of the morning. Edith was an avid reader and did several crosswords a day. She also had a knack for writing thoughtful and kind notes, never missing a holiday or occasion to send a card or letter to those she loved. Edith attended the Chapel of the Cross where she volunteered on Monday mornings with the collection counting team. She was a loyal Carolina fan. Most of all, she enjoyed visits from her children and grandchildren and had the pleasure of meeting her first great-grandson last year. Arrangements have been made by the Cremation Society of the Carolinas, Inc. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution to the Chapel of the Cross – and be sure to remember Edith fondly the next time you work on a crossword or jigsaw puzzle, cheer on the Tarheels or look up at the Carolina blue skies. Condolences can be expressed at CremationSocietyNC.com
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