Marlana Jay Welch

Marlana Welch, 68, of Bryan, passed away Sunday, August 4, 2013 at St. Joseph Manor Nursing Home. A private family service will be held at a later date.

Marlana was born December 12, 1944 and was a barrel racer in her youth. She attended Stephen F. Austin High School and Sam Houston State University, graduating in 1965. Marlana taught school in LaGrange and later in Klein School District. She was also an athletic coach.

Marlana had a tragic auto accident in 1987 and since then has lived in area nursing homes where she has 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.

The family wishes to thank the caregivers at St. Joseph Manor for all the love and care they gave Marlana.


  1. Marlana was a very sweet person. She always greeted us at St Joseph Manor. Marlana was very kind to my Mother, Billie Williams. I loved to hear her sing during the church services held at the manor. Her favorite song was Jesus Loves Me.

  2. What a sweet spirit she had about her. Never a day went by that she didn’t pay me a complement. I enjoyed her stories and always looked forward to seeing her.

  3. we know that she is having a Dr. Pepper in heaven. what a wonderful , spirited person we will miss you. SEE YOU LATER ALLIGATOR

  4. Words can never express what a family goes through at a time like this, but you can always count on God to come through and help you through it. I remember Marlana as a sweet and caring young lady. Many rides together as she worked Brownie and encouraged him to perform. One Sunday we trailered our horses to her uncle’s place at Hearne and rode all day. What a great day! Marlana will have a lot of days like that with Brownie now! Russ if I can help let me know.

  5. I’ve known Marlanna for many years. She will be missed a lot. She was so proud of her brothers and the rest of her family. I hope she has an endless supply of Dr. Pepper in heaven.

  6. Dear Russ & Ricky & families, Jerry & I were your neighbors when we all lived on Anita Street and all of you including Marlana were small children, we had some good times and remember Jay & Madaline with the fondest thoughts and emories, we send you all our love, prayers during this difficult time and will always treasure those good days on Anita Street, Love, Prayers and God’s Blessing, Jerry & Lillian Beasley

  7. We were privileged to have known Marlana when our mother was a resident at The Manor. Marlana’s sense of humor and her kindness to Mom was a blessing to us all. I hope they have plenty of Dr. Pepper in heaven.

  8. I first met Marlana when I started playing the piano for some of the church services at the Manor. I will always remember her smiling and enjoying the music. She knew the words to all the songs and sang out with such enjoyment. She always had on pretty bright colored beads and said her family gave them to her. She loved the Lord so much and I will always think of her when I hear “Jesus Loves Me”, her favorite song. I’m sure she is singing with Jesus, now. I will truly miss Marlana.


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