Thelma M. (Lackie) Welch passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at the Joliet Area Community Hospice Home at the age of 86 years.

She was born in Lonoke, Ark., the daughter of the late William and Lena Lackie.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 65 years, Lloyd M. Welch. Loving mother of Lloyd Jr. (Karla) Welch,Iva (Bruce) Cook and Don (Sharon) Welch, cherished grandmother of 9; sweet great grandmother of 12 and dear aunt of numerous nieces and nephews.

Thelma will be fondly remembered for her love and dedication to family and friends. She was a long time member of the First Baptist Church in Channahon, Illinois and will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.

The funeral service for Thelma was held on Monday, February 3, 2014, at First Baptist Church in Channahon and interment at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois.

For those wishing to leave lasting memorials, the family asks that you please consider Families of Faith Christian Academy, Channahon, Illinois.