Our beautiful, talented, strong, giving Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, and Great-Great Grandmother Alice Mable (Horsefield) Welsh passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 14, 2016 to be with her sweetheart on Valentine’s Day at the Family Tree Assisted Living in Morgan, Utah at the age of 104.
Mom was born in Peterson, Utah to Samuel and Olivia Horsefield on January 20, 1912. She was the youngest of eight children. Her siblings were George, Emma, Emilia, Nora, Ed, Roy, and Howard.
On May 14, 1934 she married Reed Welsh. Together they had four beautiful daughter’s Renae (Leon) Evans, Deann (Dale) Hodgson, Gaylene (Mark) Evans, and Lugene Porter.
Mom was always a hard worker starting at the young age of 14 helping her mom cook for the Thrashing Crews that traveled through Morgan thrashing grain for Farmer’s. At the age of 16 Mom would start her days by cleaning the Vallis Hotel while finishing the day off cooking at Stewart’s Café for a total of 43 years. She worked during the war at Hill Field working in engine repair. After the war she returned to Stewart’s Café cooking during the day and at night cooking at Carter’s Café.
Mom and Dad opened and operated their own café “Farmer’s” from 1963-1966. After closing Mom then continued working at Weber College, McKay Dee Hospital, Browning Arms, Como Spring’s, and Morgan High School library until retiring at the age of 84.
She was well known in the community for her delicious pies. Not only did she make pies but she also shared and taught many how to make her pies also passing on her legacy of cooking to her daughter’s and grandchildren. At the age of 100 she alone made 19 pies for the senior citizen’s to enjoy.
Mom’s sole purpose in life was always helping and giving not only to her family across generations but also to the community. Mom could always be seen either walking to work or to visit friends just for exercise.
Mom wrote poetry for family and friends some of her poems were even published for other’s to enjoy. On her 100 birthday she was honored by Utah Governor Gary Herbert and President Obama.
She enjoyed traveling not only from coast to coast but also traveled to Hawaii and overseas to England.
Mom was always very young at heart climbing to the “M” with her grandkids to walking over trapper’s loop when the road opened at the age of 70. Her favorite saying was “Have I done any good in the world today”. If asked what was her secret of longevity was? She would reply hard work, keep active, and never give up.
Mom is survived by her four daughters’, eleven grandchildren and twenty six great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren with two on the way. Her sister in law’s Beth Terry, and Josephine Welsh and many nieces’ and nephews’.
Preceding her in death are her parent’s, Husband, four brothers’, and three sisters’. Son in laws’ Dale Hodgson and Gary Porter, great granddaughter’s Kallie Nelson, and Sabryn Sommers, and great grandson Cody Nelson to greet mom on the other side.
At mom’s request her body has been donated to the University of Utah for the advancement of science. Mom was always a giving person so it is now fitting that even after passing she is still giving.
The family would like to thank Dr. Holland and the nursing staff at the Family Tree in Morgan. For the kindness and care you gave our Mother. A special thanks to her friend Dr. Alan Bybee.
The family will be celebrating and sharing stories of her life and memories at a family luncheon. Burial will take place at a later date.