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Margaret Louise McGilliard Welch



Margaret Louise McGilliard Welch, Ponca City, passed away peacefully with family by her side Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, in Oklahoma City. She was 87 years old. Margaret Louise was born April 30, 1929, in Ponca City, the daughter of Glenn G. and Margaret Ann Mason.


Margaret Louise loved spending time with family and friends. She spoke her mind leaving no doubt where you stood with her. At the same time, she had a heart of gold and would do anything for people she came to know and trust.


Margaret Louise grew up in Ponca City attending Ponca City schools and Oklahoma State University. She met A. Dare McGilliard of Stillwater while attending Oklahoma State and they were married on July 7, 1951, in Ponca City. She and Dare moved to Ames, Iowa in 1956, spending the next 30 years working at Iowa State University and raising a wonderful family. She was a records analyst for the registrar’s office at Iowa State University. Upon retirement in 1987, she and Dare moved to Bella Vista, Ark., where they enjoyed golf, fishing and the local flavor.


She was widowed in 1998 and would eventually marry a former Ponca City High School classmate, Donald C Welch, on March 11, 2006. She and Don were able to spend nine plus wonderful years together which included their return to Ponca City in 2012; residing at Via Christi Village.


She is survived by four children, Lance McGilliard and wife Kathy, of Chicago, Ill., Dr. Lee Ann Kelley, of Phoenix, Ariz., James Welch, of Ponca City and Barbara Welch Rollins, of Wichita, Kan.; six grandchildren, Matthew, Mitchell and Morgan McGilliard, of Chicago, Ill. and Casey, Caitlin and Conley Kelley, of Phoenix, Ariz.


She was preceded in death by husband, Dare McGilliard; by husband, Don Welch; daughter, Laurann Ranker; four sons, baby boy McGilliard, Len McGilliard, David Welch and John Welch and her parents.


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Cremation has been arranged under the care of the Cremation Society of Oklahoma in Tulsa. Those who wish to make a memorial contribution in her name may do so to the charity of your choice. There will be no service at the request of Margaret Louise.


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Posted By: Barb On: 1/29/2017

Title: A wonderful lady

Margaret was a lovely lady, and we are happy she was in our family. She had a very sharp mind, and keen sense of style, always looking her best. I enjoyed doing Sudoku games with her, shopping, having dinner, and just visiting, where she always was interested in what was going on in our lives. We enjoy Lance and his family, and mourn Laurann, who is greatly missed. Wishing peace and love, and happy memories.

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