Wednesday, September 07, 2005


Three of our class members lost their mothers this week. The obituaries in the Journal-Register are as follows:

Ruth McGaw

SPRINGFIELD - Ruth Gust McGaw, 92, of Springfield died Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005, at Lipe's Care Home. She was born April 27, 1913, in Joliet, the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Shafer Gust. She married John W. McGaw in 1935; he died in 1995. Mrs. McGaw was a homemaker and member of Elliott Avenue Baptist Church.

Survivors: two daughters, Judy (husband, Tom) Lewis and Marsha (husband, Dan) Rion, both of Springfield; two grandsons; two sisters, Margaret Kimble and Katherine O'Malley, both of Wilmette; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Boardman-Smith Funeral Chapel, the Rev. Leslie Rempel officiating. Private family interment was held in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Juanita N. Welch

SPRINGFIELD - Juanita N. Welch, 92, of Springfield died Monday, Sept. 5, 2005, at Lewis Memorial Christian Village. She was born July 20, 1913, in Marion County, Mo., the daughter of Henry and Edith Moore Shroder. She married Clarence E. Welch in 1934; he died in 1963. Mrs. Welch retired from the secretary of state's office in 1978. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star, King's Daughters and Central Baptist Church, where she served on the Diaconate, trustee and mission boards and was a member of Weber Sunday school class and Women's Service Council.

Survivors: son, Clarence E. (wife, Joleen) Welch of Springfield; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Central Baptist Church, Dr. Reg Mills officiating. Graveside services: 3 p.m. Thursday, Emerson (Mo.) Cemetery. Boardman-Smith Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Miriam D. Nation

SPRINGFIELD - Miriam D. Nation, 90, of Springfield died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2005, at St. John's Hospital North. She was born June 15, 1915, in Normal, the daughter of Walter P. and Anna Vetter Dyson. She married George H. Nation in 1939; he died in 1998. A son, Michael G. Nation, and infant daughter, Mary Ann, also preceded her in death. Mrs. Nation retired as a secretary from the Kerasotes Theaters in 1980. She was a member of Laurel Avenue United Methodist Church, Irene Smith Circle of King's Daughters and St. John's Samaritans. She volunteered at the Sojourn Thrift Shop and as a guide at the Old State Capitol.

Survivors: son, Tim (wife, Gwynne) Nation of Springfield; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Cremation rites will be accorded at Bisch Crematory. Memorial services: 5 p.m. Thursday, Bisch Funeral Home West. Private burial will be at a later date.

For the addresses of Judy McGaw Lewis and C. E. Welch, see the Directory on our class pages. Thanks to Judy Vicars Van Hagen and Ann Tobin Hart for relaying the sad news.


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the updates in this blog. We appreciate news from home etc. This morning Bob spoke to his 96 year old mom who told us about Juanita Welch having passed on. C.E. was a dear friend of Bob's and mine and was a groomsmen in our wedding. Juanita was a grand old lady and one who lived by Faith and had a great inmpact on many young peoples lives. Including ours. On the lighter side, We had some really fun partytimes at Juanita's home back in the good old days. She was a dear lady and very generous soul. At one time she worked a gift shop downtown and I would stop by now and again to get a hug and say hi. She asked me what I would like for a wedding gift when we announced our engagement. I chose a sweet little sculpture and to this day it sits on our dresser in our master bedroom.
We even visited C.E.'s Grandmother's home in Southern Missouri back in 1959 where she insisted on giving us a home cooked meal and several jars of home made strawberry jelly along with a couple of cute cross stiched pot holders and an apron she had made. I still have it in my linen drawer. Wanted to send you a photo but did not know how.
Again thanks for your taking the time in posting all these articles.

The sadness of Juanita's passing is relieved by the knowledge that "to be absent from the body is to be present with the LORD." 2 Cor.5:8
God Blessed us through you dear lady.
Our Heartfelt Sympathy to C.E. Jolene and family.

Will Howarth said...

Hi--thanks for sending your comment, which is much appreciated. If you have a picture that is a color print, you may take it to any of the bigger drug stores (CVS, Eckert, Walgreen) and the photo department will have one of those scanning machines. Make a scan, and send the print to I will take care of putting it up on our blog. Thanks for your fond remarks about Mrs. Welch. --All best, Will

Anonymous said...

Such lovely comments regarding CE's mom, Juanite Welch, from Yvonne Smith Beveridge (Bob's wife). We never know as we travel through our lives how we touch others and what wonderful memories and touching experiences we might leave with people. CE's mom is such a wonderful example of that very thing.