Ethel B. Welch, 81, of Aledo, IL died Thursday, December 3, 2015 at home. Services are 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 7, 2015 at Fippinger Funeral Home in Aledo. Burial is in the Aledo Cemetery. Visitation is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Fippinger's where memorials may be left to Genesis Hospice or the Mercer County VFW Post 1571 Auxiliary. Online condolences can be made at www.fippingerfuneralhome.com.
She was born August 4, 1934 in rural Aledo, IL to Allen and Mildred Miller Bivens. She graduated from AlWood High School. Ethel married Donald L. Welch on November 29, 1952 in Brookfield, Missouri.
Ethel was employed as a secretary and assistant to Gladys Felton Swearingen in Aledo for 21 years. She later owned and operated Ethel Welch Tax Service in Aledo, retiring in 2001. Ethel assisted several area families as administrator and executor.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Aledo and the Mercer County VFW Post 1571 Auxiliary.
Ethel enjoyed reading, collecting pitchers and especially enjoyed being with her family.
Survivors include her husband, Donald; one sister, Florence Castrey of Pleasant Hill, Tenessee, two brothers, Fred (Nancy) Bivens of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Phillip (Shirley) Bivens of Ontario, California; many nieces and nephews.
Ethel was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, Mary Armstrong, Betty Litwiler and Sharon Nicely and one brother, Herb Bivens.
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Sunday, December 6th, 2015, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Fippinger Funeral Home
Monday, December 7th, 2015, 11:00am, Fippinger Funeral Home