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Arlene Welch

Arlene H. Welch

June 2, 1942 - March 14, 2019
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ROCKLAND - Arlene H. Welch, beloved wife of Pastor Linwood Welch, loving Mother to Keith, Craig, and Kimberly, and devoted Grammy to Savannah, David, and Luke, went home to be with her Lord and Savior suddenly after suffering a cardiac event in her home, Thursday, March 14, 2019.

Born in Waterville, June 2, 1942, she was the daughter of Phyllis and Curtis Harding.

Arlene was married to her sweetheart, Woody Welch, in 1959. This October 16th would have been their 60th wedding anniversary. Arlene and Woody loved each other deeply and enjoyed going to places with gorgeous ocean and floral views where Arlene could take exquisite photographs, many of which became beautiful Christmas and birthday cards, and framed pictures shared with and cherished by her friends and family.

As Mom and Grammy, Arlene showered her children and grandchildren with love, attention, weekly Tuesday visits, and gifts. Arlene loved going to the many events and graduations in everyone’s lives. She also loved keeping track of her family’s history and created photo journals for each grandchild with extensive handwritten detailed descriptions of the pictures on each page.

Arlene was also an avid learner and reader. Despite her busy schedule and three children at home, she started college in her late 30’s, and graduated “Suma Cum Laude” at the age of forty-five with a degree in Liberal Arts in History from the University of Southern Maine.

Arlene held many jobs during her life, most significant were as “the minister’s wife” and the librarian. As librarian, Arlene worked for the public libraries in Westbrook and Caribou. Later she built the library at the Pen Bay Christian School in Rockland and served as its librarian for many years. Arlene demonstrated her dedication to education and literacy by always taking the time to read every word of every book placed in the new library.

In her role as the minister’s wife, Arlene had the opportunity to pastor and care for thousands of congregants over the years at their American Baptist Churches in Litchfield, Blaine, Hallowell, Ogunquit, Westbrook, Caribou, Rockland, Cape Neddick, and, for the past eleven years, Warren Baptist Church. As the pastor’s wife, Arlene taught Pioneer Girls, directed summer Vacation Bible Schools, taught Sunday School classes, and specifically taught a series of classes covering the difficult subject of “Grief.” These were very beneficial to the many who attended. Arlene was also especially fond of saving all of her change, and all of Woody’s too, to send children to the China Lake Summer Christian Camp.

Arlene’s loving ways and caring gestures will be greatly missed by all who loved her. Her family and friends take solace in knowing she has now taken her place in the home of the Lord. Arlene is survived by her husband, Linwood Welch; children Keith and wife Linda Welch, Craig Welch, and Kimberly Welch Grover; grandchildren Savannah Welch, David Welch Grover, and Luke Welch Grover; brother and sister-in-laws Rodney and Diane Brackett, Alvin and Sue Brackett, and Wade and Sharon Brackett; sister and
brother-in-law Carol Ann and Paul Bartlett; and many, many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to visit from 4:00 to 7:00pm, Friday, March 22, 2019 at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland. A Home-Going Celebration will be held at 2:00pm, Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Warren Baptist Church, 166 Main Street, Warren, Maine.

While Flowers are welcome, those who wish may make memorial donations to the Old Brick School, c/o Warren Baptist Church, P.O. Box 294, Warren, ME 04864.

To share a memory or story with Arlene’s family, please visit their online Book of Memories at ww.bchfh.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, March 22, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, March 22, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home
    110 Limerock Street
    Rockland, Maine 04841
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  • Service

    Saturday, March 23, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, March 23, 2019 2:00pm
    Warren Baptist Church
    166 Main Street
    Warren, ME 04864
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Dr. Albert Fletcher
    Rev. Mark Adolphsen
  • Interment

    Thursday, June 13, 2019 | 11:00am
    Thursday, June 13, 2019 11:00am
    Oakdale Cemetery
    127 Twombly Road
    Sanford, Maine 04073
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    Private Interment at a later date


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Private Condolence

Marilyn King

Posted at 01:36pm
Dear Woody,
My deepest condolences to you and your family. Arlene will be sorely missed by all who had the good fortune to know her. We worked together at the Caribou Public Library and she was the perfect person to be on the circulation desk and to interact with all the patrons. Her smile would brighten the day of all around her. I missed her when you moved to Rockland but we always stayed in touch. May your faith and all your wonderful memories sustain you and help you through your grief.
Marilyn King

Patsy Howell Huntsman

Posted at 11:12am
Dear Woody and family,
I was so saddened to hear of Arlene's passing in church yesterday. Please know my heart goes out to you and the family. What a wonderful, caring lady she was. Rejoicing, sitting at the feet of Jesus now along with so many that have gone on before her. Our family will never forget the special place you held in our family's lives while serving at Ogunquit Baptists Church and beyond. I know your faith will carry you thru. It will be a glorious day when we all meet again on the other shore. I don't ever remember seeing Arlene without that beautiful smile on her face. Christ's light shining thru. God Bless! Patsy Howell Huntsman

Bethany Berry

Posted at 02:42pm
Dear Woody and family, So sorry for your loss of a woman strong in the Lord. Rejoice she is with the angels like Lenda Mae and so many other good souls. She was a blessing to us and so many. She was a great listener and I prayed with her so many times and she was a comfort. As librarian we appreciated her enthusiasm for literacy. My daughter took out cookie dough fun several times and became a fantastic baker. We will miss her smile and genuine heartfelt prayers. Now our thoughts and prayers are for you. May God comfort the mourners. Hold on to the faith. You know how. You were blessed by a special devoted soul.
Bethany Berry

Courtney Carmichael

Posted at 12:29pm
Arlene and Woody opened their home up to me as a student for 3 months. In that 3 months, I got know them very well. I shared laughs with them every night watching MASH and Arlene always made sure that I was fed (I loved her applesauce) and comfortable. Their love for each other was evident (Arlene loved to share stories both past and present sometimes with a funny story about Woody). She talked proudly about her children’s accomplishments, beaming with love. She will be missed. Rest In Peace with the Lord Arlene 💗

Cecelia J Cochran

Posted at 06:56am
Shocked and so very sad to hear of Arlene's passing, a great loss to Warren Baptist Church. I don't remember every visiting a church where the Pastors wife was so present and involved ... She surely will be missed by all.

A life so beautifully lived, of a heart so deeply loved. . . With my Sincerest and Deepest Sympathy, Love, Cece Cochran

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