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From: "Peter McCrae" <>
Subject: [W-OBITS] WELCH: Virginia Rodgers Welch--d;3/7/2006>USA
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2006 00:53:04 +0100
Entered into eternal rest on the morning of July 3, 2006, Virginia Rodgers
Welch, widow of Silas B. Welch. The relatives and friends are invited to
attend her funeral service in St. James Episcopal Church Thursday, July 6,
2006 at eleven o'clock. Interment, Christ-St. Paul's Episcopal Churchyard,
Meggett, SC. Friends may call at J. HENRY STUHR, INC., DOWNTOWN CHAPEL
Wednesday between five and six-thirty o'clock.
Mrs. Welch was born January 25,1917 in Ravenel, SC, the daughter of James R.
Rodgers and Gladys Moorer Rodgers.
She was elected Woman of the Year by the Charleston Federation of Woman's
Club and was recognized for her leadership qualities, Church and Community
volunteer service contributions. She was a graduate of Rice Business School.
She served as secretary under the Charleston County Superintendent of
Education, Dr. G. C. Frampton, Dr. Gordon H. Garrett, Dr. Alton C. Crews and
Dr. Lawrence G. Derthick, Jr. She retired in June of 1952 and received a
citation for distinguished service for the public school system and the
Board of Trustees. Mrs. Welch served as president of the SC Federation of
Women's Clubs, a group of about 110 clubs. She was the first SCFWC president
from Charleston in 70 years. She served on the Board of Directors for the
General Foundations of Women's Clubs; served on SC Hugh O'Brian Yoth
Foundation Board of Governors; President of the West Ashley Business and
Professional Woman's Club in 1966-67; charter member of Greater Charleston
Council of Business and Professional Women's Club; between 1974-76, she
served on SCFWC Southern District President presiding over 12 clubs; in 1980
she was elected 1st vice president of SCFWC and served as Dean of
She was an active member of St. James Episcopal Church of James Island;
Ladies Altar Guild for 20 years; president of St. Catherine's Chapter,
served as spiritual life chairman; Christian Education Chairman and first
Vice President; President of St. James Women of the Church from 1962-65;
active in United Daughters of the Confederacy, National Association of
Educational Office Personnel; Christian Family Y; SC Historical Society and
SC Chapter of National Association of Women's Highway Safety Leaders; past
board member of Greater Charleston Safety Council. For many years, she
worked on the Mothers March for Polio, March of Dimes, American Cancer
Society, American Heart Association, Crippled Children and Muscular
She is survived by one daughter: Virginia Welch Pitts of James Island, SC;
one brother: James R. Rodgers of Ravenel, SC; two sisters: Dorothy R.
Searson of Charleston, SC and Esther Anne Chaplin of Hollywood, SC; Two
grandchildren: Gina P. Lilienthal, MD of Murray, KY and Wendy P. Colvin of
Winchester, Tennessee and one great granddaughter: Rachel Lilienthal. She
was predeceased by one sister: Lilian R. Baldwin.
Memorials may be made to St. James Episcopal Church, 1872 Camp Road,
Charleston, SC 29412 or Christ-St. Paul Episcopal Church, 4981 Chapel Road,
Yonges Island, SC 29449.
Visit our guestbook at www.charleston.net/deaths.
Charleston, SC, The Post & Courier, 5 Jul 2006
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