Marie E. (St. Arnaud) Welch

Born: Sun., Jul. 28, 1929
Died: Sat., Aug. 17, 2013

Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Wed., Aug. 21, 2013
Location: Burns Mortuary


Thu., Aug. 22, 2013
Location: St. Andrew's Cemetery

Mass of Christian Burial

9:00 AM Thu., Aug. 22, 2013
Location: St. Andrew's Church

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Marie Elizabeth St. Arnaud Welch
Pendleton, Oregon
July 28, 1929 – August 17, 2013
Marie – age 84, a resident of Mission, Oregon, passed away August 17th, 2013, at Kadlec Hospital in Richland, Washington.
Recitation of the Rosary will be held Wednesday August 21st, 2013, at 7:00 PM at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton Chapel.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday August 22nd, 2013 at 9:00 AM at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Mission followed by burial at St. Andrew’s Cemetery.  Sign the online condolence book at  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.  
Marie was born July 28, 1929, on Grahams Island, delivered by her grandmother, a midwife, on the Spirit Lake Sioux Reservation.  Marie was an enrolled member of the Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska.  Born to John Leonard St. Arnaud and Agnes (LaCroix); she was the eldest of eight children.  
At the age of five, Marie entered St. Michael’s Indian Boarding School.  She completed her education at Marty South Dakota Boarding School, where she graduated from High School.  Marie had fond memories of her life in boarding school as well as the nuns who took care of her, and shared these with her family.  
Marie married Raymond E. Welch, Jr. at the age of eighteen, November 28, 1947, at Fort Totten, North Dakota.  In 1955 they moved to Eureka, Montana, with five children and two young brothers-in-law.  In 1961 they moved with six children to Kalispell, Montana, residing there for several years, completing their family with the birth of twins.
In 1971 Marie moved to Walla Walla, Washington, after a divorce.  Until then Marie was a homemaker; she had entered a new phase of her life.  As a single parent of four she entered two-year Community College.  She entered into clerical work with the Social Security Department and various agencies.  After several moves Marie went to Santee, Nebraska, to live by her elderly parents.  After her youngest children graduated from High School, Marie moved to Pendleton, Oregon.  Marie moved briefly back to Minnewaukan, North Dakota, where she lost her youngest son. She then returned to Pendleton to be near the rest of her family and worked at the Forest Service.  She lived on the Umatilla Indian Reservation almost twenty-five years.  Marie had a passion for singing in church choir since her youth.  She worked on quilts all by hand doing embroidery and crochet work.  She loved to travel to see her relatives in Minnesota and Florida.
Marie is survived by her brothers: John (& Linda) St. Arnaud of Biloxi, MS, Clare St. Arnaud of Albion, CA, Ray “Ramie” (and Carol) St. Arnaud of St. Paul, MN, sisters: Carol (& Rollie) Berglund of Alexandria, MN, Mona Patzer of Cass Lake, MN, Norma (& Bob) Gross of Deer River, MN, her sons: Larry (& Kaye) Welch of Inchelium, WA, Jerry (& Lynn) Welch of Imbler, OR, Gary (& Esther) Welch of Mission, OR, her daughters: Joyce Welch of Mission, OR, Cheryle Broncheau of Cayuse, OR, Rae Anne Jones of Mission, OR, and Brenda (& Bennie) Herrera of Mission, OR, nineteen grandchildren, fifty-five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.  Marie was preceded in death by: her parents, brother LaVern “Buzz” St. Arnaud, her youngest son Brent Welch, eldest grandson Jason Broncheau and a great-grandson Teshone Jones.  
Marie was loved and respected by her many friends and relatives throughout her life.  She voiced frequently how grateful she felt for the kindness shown her by this community. 

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Julie Clark
   Posted Mon August 19, 2013
I will miss your smile and that great laugh. I love you my friend. I will remember all the little things you did for me and my family. I will miss trading your cinnamon rolls for coffee and lots of laughter. Every day was a better day when we got to have our visits. I remember bringing you pies after I moved just so we could visit. I just know that God will take special care of you and you will take care of all our loved ones that passed before you. Heaven will be an even greater place once you take over. I love you, Julie Clark and family

Mitzi Rodriguez
   Posted Mon August 19, 2013
Love and prayers to Marie's family, I will miss her big smile, she always had a kind word for everyone, she was a very special lady who will be missed by this community.

Adrienne J. Farrow
   Posted Mon August 19, 2013
Joyce, Brenda, RaeAnne, Cheryl and the rest of the family,
I am so sorry to hear about Marie. She had such an angelic voice when she would sing at Church. I will miss hearing her beautiful voice and her kind words she spoke. My thought, prayers and love are with you all during this difficult time.

eleventh hour warriors
   Posted Mon August 19, 2013
we are so sorry for your loss. you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Adele Guyer & Family
   Posted Wed August 21, 2013
I am sorry for your loss; you all will be in my thoughts & prayers. I enjoyed visiting with her. She will be missed by you and all of us in this community who met her. Take Care.

Rosenda Shippentower
   Posted Sun August 25, 2013
Our family is thinking of you all during this time. It is always difficult to lose a family member and our hearts go out to all of you. She was a positive
role model in the Mission community and her goodness and strong faith will be remembered by many.

Rosenda S.

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