Ruth Catherine (Dell) Welk, 93, of Lehigh Acres and formerly Westminster, Md., died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. She was born Oct. 3, 1919, to Edgar and Cora Dell.
She married Edward Welk on July 5, 1941.
A homemaker and helpmate to her husband on the farm and mother of five, she was a member of St. Benjamin's Lutheran Church and Lutheran Church Women in Westminster. She was also a leader of Pleasant Valley 4-H Club.
After retiring to Florida, she was an active member of Faith Lutheran Church and volunteered at the local hospital and Master Gardeners Club.
She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Edward; daughters, Janet (Donald) Holland of Waco, Texas, Sharon Welk of Melbourne, Sonja (Eddie) Johnson of Westover, Md., Barbara (George) Short of Henderson, Md., and Kathy Welk of Coatesville, Pa; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; sister, Helen Carr of Westminster; sisters-in-law, Wilda Dell of Taneytown, Md., and Naomi Welk of Frizzellburg, Md.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service was held Nov. 13, 2012, at West Rest Haven Chapel, where she and her husband were residents.