Vera Irene (Thompson) (Wolfe) Welsh, 94, of Yakima, passed away on Thursday, May 26, in Sunnyside.
Vera was born to William Edmond Pond McClintick and Emma Maude (Botts) McClintick on April 16, 1917 at home in Regena, Idaho. She received her education in Idaho and Selah. On Oct. 8, 1933 Robert H. Thompson and Vera were married in Yakima. They moved to northern Oregon w here Bob worked in the logging business. Their two children were born during their residency there. Bob was killed in a logging accident on May 10, 1937 so she and the children, Dixie and Edward, moved back to Selah to be near both his parents and her parents.
Vera then went to work at Bob's parents' cafe. While working there she met Maybern (Mabe) H. Wolfe. They were married Dec. 25, 1940 in Sunnyside. They sold the fruit ranch in Selah and moved to Sunnyside where they bought another fruit ranch and they also opened a radio, appliance and later furniture store. During this time she had two more boys, Mal and Mike. She helped run the orchard while Mabe worked downtown. Besides being a busy mother and housewife she enjoyed her flowers and gardening, den mother, Scouting and Bluebirds. When there was time they also would fish and be rock hounds. In retirement she and Mabe spent several years traveling both around the country but mainly to Arizona in the winter.
Mabe passed away March 8, 1978. She continued the trips to Arizona (Quartzite) where she met Loren E. Welsh. They were married Feb. 18, 1982 in Las Vegas, Nev. She made her home in Grants Pass, Ore. until Loren's passing Jan. 15, 1992. She moved to Yakima in January 1994 where she enjoyed being near her sister Mabel. She also went back to her hobbies of knitting (hats and scarves for the grandchildren) and also cards and board games.
She is survived by three sons, Edward Robert (Thompson) Wolfe and his wife Carol of Palm Desert, Calif., Malcolm G. Wolfe and his wife Twila of Sunnyside and Michael M. Wolfe and his wife Lucia of Ontario Ore.; five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren along with two sisters Evah Davis of Portland, Ore. and Mabel Larsen of Kenai, Alaska; two nieces and four nephews.
Vera was preceded in death by her daughter Dixie Lea (Thompson) Wolfe, her three husbands and her parents. There will be no formal service. Inurnment will be in the Sunnyside Cemetery under the direction of the Smith Funeral Home LTD and Crematory