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“Mrs. Welch was one of the most respected and admired teachers I ever had, actually number one. She was fair and strict, a mother-like figure who I...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Dave Rosen - Cascade, ID

“Mrs. Welch was my Jr High Reading teacher and I really enjoyed her class. She was a motivator to learn. She will truly be missed by all. Our...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Bonnie & Ward Morris - St. Maries, ID

“Fred and Marj have been my neighbors for 30 years. It is hard to accept that they are no longer with us. We will miss them but we will never forget...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Tom and Candace Lay - St Maries, ID

“Marj was so supportive of teachers through her work in SMEA. She also had the best in mind for her students, going the extra mile to meet their...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Charlotte Applegate - St. Maries, ID

“I was so saddened to learn of the loss of Mrs. Welch. She was an inspirational teacher to the hundreds of children who passed through her classes....Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Courtney Peck Robles - Austin, TX

“Marj was, and will always be, a part of our family. Her love, friendship, and kindness spoke volumes about who she was. Tho' we have lost her and...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Doug and Jeannie Spencer - ID

“We were privileged to have Fred and Marj as friends and neighbors. We will miss them both. ”
7 of 20 | Posted by: Janie Gottschalk - st. maries, ID

“It is with a heavy heart we send our sincere sympathy to all her family. We were friends for years in the dog family. Many of her dogs came from my...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Jim & Carol Veitenheimer - WA

“What a wonderful memorial. We will all miss Marge. She was a great gal. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. ”
9 of 20 | Posted by: Fred and Judy - Fremont,, MI

“So sorry for the loss of a blessing to many (including myself). So thankful to have had the honor. Tami Taylor ”
10 of 20 | Posted by: Tami Taylor - St. Marie's, ID

“Mrs. Welch was my Jr. High English and Reading teacher, as well as my coach for 7th and 8th grade basketball. She was so formidable and fierce on...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Debra Boller - Saint Maries, ID

“I was saddened to read about the death of Mrs. Welch. She was one of those teachers, that even after 30+ years, still speaks to me. I have so many...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Marie (Thostenson) Dymkoski - WA

“We are so sorry for Marj's family, many, many, friends and past students. May everyones memories of her bring Peace to their hearts. ...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Janice and Bud McCall - ID

“Marge was an outstanding teacher and a friend. Her knowledge and many intersts brought life to her classroom. She was a booster of her students and...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: MJ Gustafson - Nampa, ID

“Marj was a dear friend when we worked with her in St.Maries. We were together often socially and we will never forget her. You have our sympathy. ”
15 of 20 | Posted by: Don and Rachel Gillmann - ID

“Mrs. Welch was my Jr. High English teacher, and she was everything anyone could ever have wanted in a teacher! In addition to being my teacher, our...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Cindy Mason Hodgeman - Belleville, WI

“We were looking forward to having a new neighbor. I saw the notice in the Spokane paper about midnight at work. I was stunned to say the least & so...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Richard & Susan Fuller - ID

“My condolences to all who knew marjorie. She was my teacher and coach in junior high and was great at her job. She will be greatly missed ”
18 of 20 | Posted by: Teresa Reid - ID

“No words can express the loss of Marjorie. With prayers for all the family and friends for this loss. ”
19 of 20 | Posted by: Marty Boles - St. Maries, ID

“Marge was one of the very best teachers my four children had. We are very saddened at her passing. She will be missed. ”
20 of 20 | Posted by: Myrtle Mellen - Santa, ID


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Marjorie Welch (73) longtime St. Maries resident and educator died October 22, 2012 from injuries received in a motor vehicle accident on Benewah Creek Road. Marge was born on July 1, 1939 to Edgar and Eula (Dickerson) Faurot at Grant, Michigan. She grew up at Grant and graduated from Grant High School as Salutatorian of the class of 1957. She went on to attend Marion College ad Marion, IN where she graduated Suma Cum Laude with the class of 1961. She was registered in the Book of "Who's Who" for academic achievement. Marge went on to receive her Masters degree in Literature. She taught English and Spanish. In 1964, she joined the Peace Corps and received her training in Manhattan, KS. It was there that she met her future husband Frederick Welch. They served in Puerto Rico before going to the Dominican Republic. Fred and Marge were married on Nov. 3, 1964 at the U.S. Ambassador's home in Santo Domingo. They left the Peace Corps in 1965 and moved to Prospect, OR where she taught school. She moved to St. Maries, ID in June of 1971 and went to work for the St. Maries School District. She and Fred built their home on Shay Hill with logs off their own property. Their home was called Sky Island Ranch where they had a landing strip for airplanes and operated a tree farm. She and her husband were both accomplished pilots and had their own airplane. Her first position was at the Jr. High School where she taught English and coached the 7th and 8th grade girls basket ball teams. Marge transferred out to the High School where she taught Spanish I and II and English IV and was an assistant coach for the High School Track Team as well as High School Volleyball Coach. She supported all High School student activities and organizations . She also chaired the Spanish Club. Marge was a member and Past President of the St. Maries Education Assn. where she was involved for many years in negotiating teacher contracts. She retired in 2001 after 31 years with the school district. and went on to serv on the St. Maries School District Board of Trustees from her appointment in 2006 to her retirement in 2011. Her husband Fred, died last year . She and her husband had no children. Marge loved the out of doors. She loved to go black cap berry picking and would render the berries into juice that could be made into jelly. She loved huckleberry picking and was known to always "pack heat" when ever she went in case of running into bears.. She enjoyed hunting and her other interests including playing bingo, going to the Worley Casino with her friends and playing golf. Besides her many close friends and colleagues in education, Marge is survived by her sisters Dawnalee Snyder of Newaygo, MI and Carla and her husband Don Christy of Grand, MI , one niece , two nephews and six great nieces and nephews. A celebration of her life will be Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at the St. Maries Church of the Nazarene 175 Grandview Dr., St. Maries with Pastor A.J. Anderson officiating. The family suggests memorials to the St. Maries Foundation for Education P.O. Box 176, St. Maries, ID 83861. Visit her online memorial and sign her guestbook at www.hodgefuneralhome.com

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