Mabel W. Welch, of Trumansburg, went to be with the Lord two days after her 96th birthday at the Evergreen House on Wednesday, August 18, 2010.

Mabel was born in Stockbridge, Massachusetts to the late Charles and Laura (Brown) Wright. She was a graduate of the Pittsfield High School, Class of 1932. Mabel married her husband of 47 years, Neal E. Welch on January 28, 1934, shortly after her high school graduation. While living in North Berkshire, she worked for several years at the Berkshire County Chapter of the American Red Cross as the Director of Military Service. Following her job with the Red Cross, Mabel worked at the Northern Berkshire Home and the North Adams Regional Hospital as a secretary.

Mabelís quick wit shined through whenever anyone came to see her. She would always ask if anyone had a good joke to tell, and if no one responded she would say, ďWell Iíve got one for you.Ē Mabel enjoyed spending time with family and friends playing cards and board games. Scrabble and Bridge held a special place in Mabelís heart 

Mabel was a faithful woman her entire life always being a member of the local First United Methodist Churches where she resided. She was a great friend and community supporter. Mabel made a difference wherever she worked and resided. Her graciousness and caring personality will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew her.

In addition to her parents, Mabel was preceded in death by her husband, Neal E. Welch. She is survived by two sons, Kenneth (Hester) Welch and Stephen (Karen) Welch; six grandchildren, Wendy (Stephen) Welch, Thomas (Rosalie) Welch, Dr. Richard (Alison) Welch, Dr. Jeffrey (Christine) Welch, Daniel (Cynthia) Welch, and Sharon Mattice Welch; and eleven great-grandchildren, Shannon, Catherine, AnnMarie, Allison, Jack, Callie, Patrick, Cara, Shannon, Christopher, and Carley.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00pm on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at the Trumansburg United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Jeff Losey officiating. Prayers of committal will be held at 1:00pm on Wednesday, August 25 at Pittsfield Cemetery in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Mabelís memory to Hospicare, 172 E. King Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850 or the Trumansburg United Methodist Church, PO Box 628, Trumansburg, NY 14886.