Beatrice E. Welch


Beatrice E. Welch, 81, of Vineyard Haven, died Saturday, April 24 at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.

She was the wife of David L. Welch Sr. who predeceased her in March 2007. She is survived by her daughters, Beatrice D’Angelo and Diane “Joy” Gibson. She was predeceased by her son David L. Welch Jr. in December 2004 and daughter Kathleen Welch in April 2008. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Lisa “Joy” Buckley, Mark Brooke, Benjamin and Christopher Gibson and by seven great-grandchildren, Michael, Kellie “Joy” and Kendra “Joy” Buckley, Anthony, Benjamin and Daniel Gibson, Christopher Burdett, Faith Lynn and Benjamin Gibson. Her brother, Robert Ward of Edgartown, also survives her and she was predeceased by her brothers Ernest and Donald “Snookie” Ward. Her funeral service will be held in the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs, on Friday, April 30 at 1 pm. Visiting hours in the funeral home will be this evening from 5 to 7pm. Donations may be made in her memory to the MV Hospital, PO Box 1477, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. A full obituary will appear in a future edition of The Times.