Ruth E. Keeler Welch


Ruth E. Keeler Welch formerly of Ballston Spa, and most recently a resident of Alamogordo, New Mexico, passed away Friday, January 7, 2011. She was born May 24, 1926 in Ballston Spa, NY to Belle Minnie Castle and John Henry Keeler. She was married on May 15, 1948 to Wesley Elmond Welch in Ballston Spa, where they lived until they retired. She was a homemaker and worked at Church Mouse Preschool at the First Baptist Church in Ballston Spa. After retirement she spent most of the winters traveling with her husband in their RV and using Texas as their home base. Mr. and Mr. Welch lived many years in Kerrville, Texas; and upon the death of her husband she then went to live with her daughter and her husband in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Mrs. Welch was predeceased by her husband Wesley, her parents and her brother Everett. Survivors include her daughter Karen Welch Turano and husband Peter Turano of Albuquerque, New Mexico; as well as grandchildren Marcus Turano and Nicholas Turano of Albuquerque, Amanda Turano of Scottsdale, Arizona; and great-granddaughter Kayla of Albuquerque. She is also survived by her son David Wesley Welch and wife Delia of Cedar Park, Texas; as well as grandchildren David Welch of Cedar Park, Angela Welch Licon of Austin, Texas; and great-granddaughter Kailin of Austin. She is also survived by her sisters Marian Keeler DeLong (Lynn), Dorothy Keeler Pingelski, Carol Keeler Hayner (Harvey); her brothers Earl Keeler (Phyllis), Warren Keeler; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 9-11am Saturday, January 15, at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 11am. Burial will be in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Ruth Elizabeth Welch will be sorely missed, but during her life she was definitely a bright shiny rainbow among the clouds.