Marlana Welch, of Bryan TX, was born on December 12, 1944, and passed away on August 4, 2013, at the age of 68 at St. Joseph Manor Nursing Home. Marlana was was a barrel racer in her youth. She graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1965 and taught school in LaGrange and later in Klein School District. She was also an athletic coach.
Marlana had a tragic automobile accident in 1987 and since then had lived in area nursing homes, where she made many friends, including residents and staff.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Jessie Jasper "Jay" Welch and Madeline Gandy Welch. Survivors include brothers and sisters-in-law, Russ and Sharon Welch, Rickey and Sue Welch; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Zan Colson (Brown)
I'm so sorry to hear of Malana's passing. I remember her as such a great ball player. You could almost count on a home run from her every time she stepped up to the plate. No telling how many softballs she hit over all our heads at Lions' Field. I ran into her again in the nursing home/ assisted living facility as I visited my mother in the late '90's.. She was so positive and cheerful and friendly. Unfortunately, she had no memory of playing ball with us.She told me she had suffered a brain injury in some sort of accident. From her attitude, however, you would never know how seriously she was hurt. Rest in peace, Slugger.
Jo Ann Blazek (Peters)
I am so sad to hear of Marlena's death. We had such fun times together at Anson Jones. She was very positive and true to herself and I always appreciated that about her. Losing a friend is always hard , especially when we had so much fun growing up together.
Mary Alice Grimaldo (Garcia)
I did not know that Marlana had passed. I would see her at Lampstand Nursing Home when I use to visit my husband's aunt. She was such a sweet friend. It was so tragic that she was involved in the accident. I will miss her dearly.
Sara Gilmore (Wade)
The best things I remember about Marlana are when we went to Anson Jones Junior High. During our lunch hour we would run over to the Panther Den and pay a quarter for a hamburger, chips and a coke. After we gulped that down, we danced to songs on the juke box . It was usually Marlana, Diane Gregg, Margaret Decker and me who would run fastest to be first in line to get our food. She was always so much fun and those were some of the best days of my life ! Rest in Peace Marlana ! My Love to You...Sara Gilmore Wade