Frances Welker of Astoria Dies

Mrs. Frances V. Welker, 66, of Astoria, died at 4:55 p.m. Friday, June 16, 1989, at her home.

She was born July 20, 1922, in Arbilla, N.D., the daughter of Howard and Thelma (Bracewell) Jones. She married Harley “Max” Welker on April 2, 1939, in Keokuk, Iowa. He preceded her in death on July 3, 1986.

She was also preceded in death by her father and one brother. 

Survivors include her mother, Thelma Jones, of Virden; one son, Capt. Kerry Welker of Colorado Springs, Colo.; three daughters, Mrs. Neil (Phyllis) Aten of Creve Coeur, Mrs. Norman (Bonnie) White and Mrs. Jim (Kathy) Hickle, both of Astoria; nine grandchildren; three great grandchildren; two brothers, Homer Jones of Terre Haute, Ind., and Richard Jones of Bismarck, Mo.; and one sister, Mrs. Fred (Betty) Stanley of Virden. 

She was a member of the Astoria United Methodist Church, Astoria Chapter # 144 Order of the Eastern Star where she was a Past Matron, Tri-County Travelers Good Sam Camping Club, Astoria American Legion Auxiliary where she was a Past President. 

“Frannie” as she was known by her family and friends was a talented worker in crafts and was especially noted for her “Christmas Stockings” that she knitted for customers far and near. She usually had a supply on hand and all you had to do was call her and she would add the personalized name for you and another heirloom was on its way. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends. 

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon in the Astoria United Methodist Church with Rev. Guy Freesen officiating. Burial was in the Astoria Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to the Astoria United Methodist Church or to the American Cancer Society.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 6/21/1989


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