Georgina Allen Welker

Georgina Allen Welker, a resident of Deer Park, Washington, and formerly of Thatcher, Arizona and Fort Collins, Colorado, entered into eternal life Friday, July 8, 2016, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, South Dakota, following a brief illness. She was 91.

Georgina was born September 21, 1924, in Pima, Arizona, to Marcus D. Allen and Georgia Haws Allen. She grew up in Thatcher, Arizona and graduated from Thatcher High School. She fell in love with her eternal sweetheart, Gerald Ellis Welker, while in high school and soon after they graduated, on November 18, 1942, they were sealed in the Mesa Arizona LDS temple. They had eight children, Louise, George, Phyllis, Gerald, Kathleen, Thomas, Douglas, and Adam.

They settled in Fort Collins, Colorado, where they raised their family. She retired from Woodward Governor, Company in 1984. After retiring they moved to Seattle, Washington to be closer to children and grandchildren in that area. Eventually they sold their property and lived in their motorhome that they travelled the country in, enabling them to visit for extended periods with their children who are scattered across the country.

Her family was her pride and joy. She loved doing anything that she could do with her family, and especially with her sweetheart. She loved to go places, and it usually didn’t matter where. Rarely was an opportunity let pass to go on family camping, fishing, and boating trips. Her favorite activity was to “go for a ride” and most Sunday afternoons throughout her life included one.

She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving throughout her life in various positions in Primary, Relief Society, and Family History. She and her husband served missions together in the Atlanta, Georgia temple and in Nauvoo, Illinois.

Georgina is survived by: daughter, Louise Peck (Walter), of Deer Park, Washington; son, Gerald Allen (Linda), of Henderson, Texas; daughter, Kathleen Moore (Craig), of Colbert, Washington; son, Thomas E (Rebecca), of New Market, Tennessee; son, Douglas A (Carol), of Aiken, South Carolina; son, Adam David (Mary), of Renton, Washington; and sisters Evalyn Hughes and Barbara Hoopes. She has forty grandchildren and eighty great-grandchildren. Georgina was preceded in death by: her loving husband, Gerald; her son George; her daughter Phyllis Turgoose (Larry; her parents; her brother D Von Allen; and her sister Ileen Eastman.

Funeral services for Georgina were conducted Friday morning, July 15, 2016, at 10:00 a.m., at Vining Funeral Home’s “Chapel of the Valley.” Concluding services followed in the Thatcher Cemetery.

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