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Betty J. Welch
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A graveside service was held Tuesday afternoon at Lakewood Memorial Park for Betty Jean Ford Welch, 80, of Ceres. She died of natural causes on Thursday, April 22, 2004 at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto.

The Colonial Chapel of Franklin & Downs was in charge of arrangements.

Born Aug. 10, 1923, Mrs. Welch was a native of Minot, N.D., and lived in Ceres for 50 years. She was a bookkeeper for 25 years at American Pipe and Steel, retiring from Superior Fruit Ranch. Mrs. Welch was a Modesto Junior College graduate. She enjoyed gardening and reading.

Mrs. Welch leaves behind three children, Thomas R. Welch and Terry A. Perry, both of Modesto, and Tonna Gomez of Union City; two brothers, Neal Ford of Bella Vista, Ark., and Ted Ford of Omak, Wash.; and eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jean T. Welch; daughter, Linda Hammond; and one grandchild.

Remembrances may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 1604 Ford Ave., Modesto, CA 95350.