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Ruth Welch

Ruth A. Welch (VanOrman)

Thursday, September 14th, 1950 - Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
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Ruth A. Welch, 68, a resident of Water Street, North Bennington, died Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Vermont Veterans Home following a long illness.

Born in Bennington on September 14, 1950, she was the daughter of the late William and Thelma (Bentley) Van Orman. She received her education in the North Bennington and Bennington schools and was a 1968 graduate of Mt. Anthony Union High School. She later received an Associate’s Degree from CVC before receiving her Bachelors from Johnson State College and her Masters from Southern New Hampshire University.

In earlier years Ruth worked at Sunrise Day Care in Bennington. She later was a faculty member at Bennington Elementary School where she taught first grade for many years prior to her illness.

Ruth married John J. Welch at the East Arlington Federated Church on February 14, 1999. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Shaftsbury.

Ruth always enjoyed reading and was a past member of the Red Hat Society.

Survivors include her husband, John Welch of North Bennington; three children, Russell Ellis of Virginia, Rachel Tedwell (Michael Everall) of Bennington and Richard (Grace) Ellis of Portland, OR; two grandchildren, Haley and Olivia; a stepdaughter, Jennifer (Arthur) Ussery of Chula Vista, CA; a step-son, Jason Welch of North Carolina; two brothers, Philip (Sandy) VanOrman of Virginia and John VanOrman (Mary) of Bennington; a very special friend, Jean Jones of North Bennington and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of Ruth's life will be held from the Shaftsbury Methodist Church on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. with a gathering to be held following the service.

Should friends desire memorial contributions in Ruth Welch's memory may be made to the Activities Fund at the Vermont Veterans Home or to ones favorite charity through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.

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    Saturday, July 6th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, July 6th, 2019 1:00pm
    Shaftsbury Methodist Church
    Address Not Available
    Chaplain Kenneth Coonradt


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Ellenor Cox (Hansen)

Posted at 07:59pm
It was my pleasure to work with Ruth at Bennington Elementary School. I have kept her in my thoughts all these years, I am happy that she is now at peace. My sympathies to her family.

Judy Greenawalt

Posted at 02:22pm
I will always remember the good times we all had together. I will always remember how happy you and John were. I will always remember the smile on your face when I brought my dogs to see you, and how happy you were when you walked them. You will be missed. Rest in peace dear friend.

malone 1962

Posted at 01:38pm
Dear John and family.
We were very saddened to hear of Ruth's passing on. She was a very special person and friend. I was so blessed to have Ruth as a student teacher in my classroom at Benn. El. before I retired. Ruth was a sharing, caring, grateful, thoughtful, and loving friend and person to all who had the chance to know her. Her warm smile made every one smile. I will never forget her or the special times I was able to work with her. May God bless her family and help them to realize how blessed they are to be part of her family. We love you Ruth and we wish you the peace that you deserve with the Lord and his family.
Dotti & Tom DePollo, our daughter Diana Center and her family



Posted at 01:26pm
I send you my condolences for the loss of dear Ruth. Please take comfort in the promises of "the God of all comfort". (2 Cor 1:3-4) Soon "He [Jehovah God] will wipe every tear from our eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore" and "all those in the memorial tombs will hear his [Jesus'] voice and come out" to a resurrection just as was demonstrated when Lazarus was raised up, except this time it will be permanent. (Rev 21:3-4; John 5:28-29; 11:11) For God tells us that "the righteous will possess the earth and they will reside FOREVER upon it". (PS 37:29) With this hope of the resurrection, everlasting life, and the end of all suffering and death, we have a hope for the future where we can enjoy life to the fullest with all our loved ones. (PS 37:9-11; 1 Cor 15:26) May that bring you comfort.

June King

Posted at 09:31am
To Ruth's Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I will always remember Ruth and her always ready smile along with her laughter. Know that she is at peace and may your memories of Ruth bring you love and laughter to cope with your grief.

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