Elanora Theresa Welch was born at rural Ethan, SD on October 26, 1923 to John and Anna (Thuringer) Reinartz. She graduated from Ethan High School and Mitchell Business College. She married Merrill (Dick) Welch in 1948. They made their home in Watertown, South Dakota for forty years.
Nora’s greatest joy was participating in the lives of her family and friends. She took particular pleasure in having operated a day care service in Watertown for many years. The last 15 years of her life were spent investigating family genealogy and sharing a home with her daughter, Vicki, in Mitchell.
She was preceded in death by her husband Dick, parents, and brothers Edward and Wilbert (Bill).
Survivors include her daughter Vicki Welch of Mitchell; five sons, Kerry (Cathy) of Tooele, Utah, Thomas (Nancy Longworth) and Scott (Debra) of Sioux Falls, James (Char) and Barry (Jan) of Moorhead, Minnesota; ten grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; six great grandchildren; brother Milford of Fresno, California; and very special friends Carol, Jamie, Kristi and Seth Torstenson of Watertown.