Virginia McClanahan Welch, 95, of Lake Placid, Florida passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 9, 2018. She was born Dec. 5, 1922 in Dallas, Texas to Howard S. and Mabel (Booth) McClanahan.

Virginia grew up in Key West and Gainesville and attended Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia and also Florida State University. She had a busy life as a secretary in Jacksonville and Palatka, Florida; an elementary teacher and later business owner in Fort Lauderdale, all while being a great mother to four sons and later three stepchildren.

She was a very active member of Christian Science Church wherever she lived and held many leadership posts. Virginia loved to travel and when they retired, she and Norman visited many corners of the globe on tours and cruises. Her favorite vacation spot was the mountains of western North Carolina.

Virginia is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Norman F. Welch; sons, Scott McLane (Lolly) of Lake Placid, Brad McLane (Beverly) of Plantation, and Bruce McLane of Jupiter; stepdaughter, Norma Welch of San Antonio; stepsons, Mark Welch of Louden, Tennessee and Frank Welch of Fort Lauderdale; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Dr. William M. McLane, PhD and her son, Rex McLane.

Her friends are welcome to attend a memorial service at 11 a.m. at Community Church of God, 735 S. Sun N Lakes Blvd., Lake Placid on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Highlands County Humane Society.

Arrangements are under the direction of  Dowden Funeral Home, 2605 Bayview St., Sebring, FL 33870. 863-385-1546.

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