Donna Sue Welsh
Donna Sue Welsh passed away peacefully on March 6, 2017 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana IL.
Donna Sue was born in Harvey, IL, a daughter of Don and Shirley Lundmark Kipley. She moved with her family to Buffalo, NY, and Silver Spring, MD before they settled in Quincy IL for Donna Sue’s teenage years. She attended Robert Morris College and pursued a career in law enforcement, specializing in working with troubled youth. It was at the Adams County Sheriff’s department that she met the love of her life, Tony Welsh. They married in June of 1978 and began to forge a life in rural Adams County, not far from Liberty IL. Their son Nathan was born in 1982 and Donna Sue refocused her natural kindness into her growing family.
Though she left the Sheriff’s office to raise her family, Donna Sue remained a staunch advocate for children and outsiders through her work with the Liberty Community Association (LCA) and at the school as a teacher’s assistant for many years. Later she followed Nathan and his wrestling team as a perpetual fan club. She became known as Mama Welsh, always quick with a kind word or a snack for the ravenous boys. Though she was a friend to all, she was particularly close with a few ladies who shared a deep and powerful bond of friendship. They called themselves ‘the Gargoyles’. Together, they had lots of laughs and counted on each other.
In retirement Donna Sue and Tony moved to be close to their son and his family in St. Joseph, Illinois. Despite chronic health problems she continued to stay involved with her family, traveling with them around the United States. Eventually her health problems became overwhelming and she passed away on hospice care.
Donna Sue was known for her zest for life, sense of humor, and generous spirit.
Survivors include her husband, Anthony “Tony” Welsh; a son, Nathan (Elizabeth Rieke) Welsh of Urbana, IL; two grandchildren: Sorena and Gwen Welsh; two brothers: Dan (Lois) Kipley and Michael (Marlene) Kipley, all of Quincy; a sister, Penny Kipley of Pagosa Springs, CO; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughterKatherine Rosina Welsh, during childbirth.
Services: 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home with Rev. James Wheeler, OFM officiating.
Visitation: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.
Burial: Private burial at Woodland Cemetery
Memorials: the family prefers that donations be made to the Crisis Nursery of Champaign, Three Wet Dogs Animal Rescue, or Carle Hospice Memorial Fund.
Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.