Lila L. Welch


Lila Lee [nee Henson] Welch, 68, from Perryville, passed away on Monday, April 3, 2023 after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born on July 17, 1954 to the late Virgil and Gloria [nee McIntyre] Henson and grew up in Bonne Terre, Missouri.
Lila married Thomas [Tom] M. Welch on May 4, 1996. He passed away of a broken heart just six days after Lila.
She leaves behind a stepson and two stepdaughters; Gary [Christy] Welch, Tammie [Curtis] Lowes and Mary Ann [Jarrod] Leible. She also is survived by a son, daughter-in-law and daughter; John Couch, Heidi Couch and Susan Reynolds.
She was a loving grandmother to Steph [Drew] Richardet, Zach [Matty] Welch, Alex Binner, Chelsi [Montana] Giesler, Kyle Welch, Trevor Hotop, Brooke Lowes, Megan Newland, Cassondra Smith, Mariah O’Donnell, Sarina O’Donnell, Alana Couch and Nathan Couch. She was also a proud great-grandmother to Bristol, Knox and Piper Richardet; Kristopher and Arianna Taylor; Desmond Byers; Madison and Katherine Hodges; and Baby Boy Giesler due to come in a few weeks.

She also leaves behind many numerous family and friends including a special sister, Belinda Neely, and special friends, Tina and John Fadler.
Lila lived a full life. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, crafting and spending time with her loved ones. Receiving handcrafted Christmas ornaments is one of the things her grandchildren will miss the most.
A Celebration of Life Service for Lila and Tom will be on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at Ford & Young Funeral Home in Perryville from 3-5pm with a service at 5pm.
Memorial contributions may be given to Angel Flights or American Cancer Society.
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