February 4, 1925–March 13, 2021
Mary Margaret Welsh age 96 of Joplin, Missouri passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, March 13, 2021. She was born to Clarence and Erma Whetstone on February 4, 1925 in Joplin. Mary worked at Southwestern Bell starting out as an operator and moving her way up into management in the Joplin, Eldon and Springfield offices, before retiring in 1984. After retirement she spent her time volunteering for many organizations such as St. John’s, Joplin Schools and the telephone pioneers. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Webb City. Mary is survived by her daughter, Dana Wood of Joplin; grandchildren, Stacy Wood of Joplin, Nathalie Thorson (Tom) of Brentwood, Tennessee, Nikki Goins (Lori) of Webb City; great grandchildren, Maryssa Storm of Joplin, Trenton Mayben and Jaxon Mayben both of Webb City; and a sister, Janie Patrick of Joplin. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 1:00 PM in the chapel of Simpson Funeral Home in Webb City. Burial will follow services at Ozark Memorial Park in Joplin. Her legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone she interacted with as well as those she reached but never met. Services are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home in Webb City. Visit www.simpsonfh.com for online condolences.