Elva “Darleen” (Dixon) Welty, age 89, resident of Greensboro, GA, passed away April 23, 2023, just two weeks after her beloved husband, Bill. They had been married nearly 69 years. She could not imagine a world without him.
Darleen was born in Fredericksburg, TX on October 12, 1933, to Shad Lankford and Elva (Maier) Dixon. She grew up in San Antonio, TX. She dabbled in real estate before recommitting to her truest passion: art. She attained her degree in Art Education from the University of Kansas, just as her oldest daughter was graduating from high school. Over her career, she taught art to elementary, junior high and high school students. She was happiest when she was creating her own art and was talented across multiple media. She saw beauty in both nature and ordinary objects, and they inspired her magnificent works of art.
She married the love of her life, William Elwin Welty, in 1954 and raised two children, Linda Joy Welty, born in Salina, Kansas and Amy Lynn Anderson, born in Kansas City, Kansas. Aside from art, Darleen loved world travel and could outlast any of her travel companions in an art museum, with the exception of her adored little sister, Dee. She enjoyed reading, fine food, wine, dark chocolate, playing with her grandchildren, storytelling, and laughing out loud.
Darleen is survived by her daughters, Linda Welty of Greensboro, GA and Amy Anderson of Colleyville, TX. Her grandchildren are Lauren Anderson (Juan Lessing), Neil (Emily) Anderson, Todd (Lara) Roth, and Rachel (Darrel) Sherman. She has five great-grandchildren: Ben Sherman, Will Sherman, Sam Sherman, Sofia Roth and Luke Roth. A special thank you to Tera Turner who became a dear supportive friend of Darleen.
A joint memorial service will be held in Darleen and Bill’s honor on June 21, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at the Greenwood Cemetery Pavilion in Fredericksburg, TX. In lieu of flowers please make memorials to The American Heart Association or charity of your choice.
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