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Frances Bowdoin Welsh

Frances Welsh

Nettie Frances Bowdoin Welsh, age 86, passed away Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Crockett. Devoted husband of 68 years, Darden Welsh, was at her bedside. She was born June 22, 1933 in Crockett to parents, Robert K. Bowdoin and Fannie Lurlean Pearson Bowdoin. Frances grew up in Porter Springs on the family farm (still in the family now for almost 200 years). She attended Crockett Schools, graduating in 1950. In 1952, she met and married the love of her life, Darden Welsh, while attending Sam Houston State University. Frances was a loving mother, a devoted homemaker, and a dedicated Christian displaying compassion and much love for God and fellow man. Cultivating the soil was her passion. Frances loved flowers, had a “green thumb,” spent many hours in her garden, and was a charter member of the Crockett Garden Club. Cooking, preparing meals, and entertaining was another of her favorite pastimes. She was quick to help a friend or aid those in need, often times sending cards and words of encouragement to family and friends. Needlework was another of Frances’ talents. She spent many hours creating beautiful handiwork. Frances loved to serve. She enjoyed teaching a Sunday school class or spending time at the depot museum acquainting others with local history. She especially enjoyed time with the local Cancer Survivor Group with her uplifting words of encouragement and acts of kindness.

Frances is survived by daughter, Maggie Thomasson and husband, Lyle of Crockett; daughter-in-law, Cherie Welsh of Huntsville; sister, Norma Ruth Birdsong and husband, Kenneth of Needville; sister-in-law, Flo Lawrence of Palestine; 6 grandchildren, Christopher John Thomasson, and wife, Debra of Crockett; Lawrence Welsh and wife, Tiffany of Kenedy, Sarah Welsh of Trinity, Sharon Welsh of the Beaumont area, Deaven Cryer and Angela Paige Laxson of Bryan; 10 great-grandchildren, Camron, Megan, Lawrence, Robert, Trip, James, Vince, Alex, Victor, Reign; 4 great-great-grandchildren, Brayden, Cheyenne, Brooklyn, Wyatt; and many special cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by son, James Robert Welsh; daughter, Lisa Ann Welsh Ericson; grandson, Michael Leigh; parents, Robert and Lurlean Bowdoin; brothers, Clyde, Clint, and Robert Earl Bowdoin.

A graveside service for Frances Bowdoin Welsh will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 7, 2020 at Porter Springs Cemetery with Rev. Cindy Doran officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Cancer Support Group of Houston County, 192 Coral Gables, Trinity, TX 75862                                                                                                     or Cal Farley’s Boy’s Ranch, 600 SW 11th St, Amarillo, TX 79101.

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  1. So sorry for your loss! She was a sweet and special lady! We both went to Porter Springs Baptist church so I have great memories of our younger days!

  2. Ms Frances I remember when you were a substitute Teacher in Crockett . I have very fond memories of you . My Mom liked and respected you very much . You were and are one of a kind God broke the mold when they made you . Say hi to Mama for me . Love you.

  3. So sorry in the loss of Frances. Loved reading about all the wonderful things she did in her life. Love her picture. A beautiful lady. My thoughts and prayers are with y’all at this sad time.

  4. Lyle, I am so sorry about your Mother in law .. please know that I am including your wife and you in my prayers ..

  5. Mrs. Welch was such a sweet lady. She was such a good friend to my parents. My mother met Mrs. Welch at the Cancer Support Group. They immediately became friends. The world has lost a truly Godly woman. I know she is rejoicing in heaven.

  6. Maggie we are so very sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you always. We love you.

  7. Darden,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. My daddy (Leon Turner) thought very highly of both of you. I enjoyed catching up with you both back in Summer of 2018 at the estate sale I held for my aunt.
    God bless and give you peace and comfort in knowing you will see her again.

  8. Mr Welsh, Maggie and family.. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet wife, mother and grandmother.
    She was a truly genteel lady. You are in my thoughts and prayers.❤️


  9. Aunt Frances and Uncle Sonny were always so kind to me from the time I joined the Lawrence family in the summer of 1960. She always remembered to send me a Christmas Card, a Birthday Card and a card for Easter wherever I was living. She was a loving Aunt and I will miss her greatly. I am glad she is at peace with her Lord. My thoughts and prayers are with Uncle Sonny (Darden), Maggie and Lyle,
    Chris and Debra.



  10. It took me a few attempts to be able to call Frances ‘mom’. I always felt joy watching Mom and Lisa talk, for they seemed to always be amused when dad and I spoke. Just as I have missed my wife, Lisa, I will also miss mom’s comfort for our families. I felt truly blessed with her presence, as I have witnessed this in her family and in ours. One can only think now that Frances, Lisa, and Jim are all looking down at us amused at our daily routines, but feeling sorrow when we ourselves think about them. My biggest sorrow is I will miss them all. But am glad God has a plan in store for them all.

  11. Frances was a lovely woman. She was a neighbor to my husband’s grandmother when I first met her…and what wonderful neighbors she and Darden were. They brought food, fixed her tv, and just loved her. Frances was a loyal friend to Eliza Bishop,which was not and easy task. I admired her for her efforts. My most lasting encounters with Frances were through the Cancer Support Group where I served as Facilitator. She was such an important part of the group. She was always HELPING others. You will be missed, Frances…you will be missed.

    Carol Dawson

  12. Just saw that sweet Frances had passed. She was one of my favorite people to come shop and visit in the 4 years that I worked at Murchison’s Gifts so many years ago. She was a wonderful woman and a joy to be around. May she rest in peace. It’s been at least 40 years, but I still remember her making us all laugh. Sincerely, Cami Smith Gorsky

  13. Maggie, I am so sorry to read about the death of your sweet Mother. I know you will miss her so. I remember her so well and she was always such a sweet and caring soul. God bless you all. Earlynne

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