Mrs. Ruth M. Welchel, 83, of Locust Grove passed away Thursday, May 19, 2005, at the Sacred Journey Hospice.

Ruth was born Dec. 15, 1921, in White County, Ga. to the late James Clifford and Ollie Magnolia Blackwell Miller.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Edwin W. Welchel, and children, Mr. and Mrs. David W. Welchel and Mr. and Mrs. W. Robin Murphy (Connie Welchel), all of Locust Grove; grandchildren, Mr. Kent Hardin of Michigan, Mrs. Rhonda Harrington of Michigan, Mrs. Jenifer Copeland of Colorado, Mr. Christopher W. Murphy of Locust Grove, and Mrs. Kelly Murphy Buice of McDonough; sisters, Mrs. Vera Hamilton of East Point and Ms. Marinell Miller of Union City; sister-in-law, Mrs. Ree Miller of Stockbridge; eight great-grandchildren; eight nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be conducted Sunday, May 22 at 2 p.m. from the Jones Memorial United Methodist Church in Lake City with Pastor John Howard officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Hills, Forest Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to Sacred Journey Hospice, 138 Peach Drive, McDonough, Ga. 30253 in memory of Mrs. Welchel.

Haisten Funeral Home of McDonough (770) 914-8833