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Violet "Kay" Welling

Violet Loletta “Kay” (Groff) Welling, daughter of Harold Groff and Ruby (Hardisty) Groff, was born January 31, 1929, at the family farm in Taylor County. She departed this life on December 9, 2021, at Mount Ayr Health Care Center at the age at 92.

She grew up in the Corning, Carl, and Brooks area, attending country schools and Corning High School.

Violet “Kay” Loletta Groff was united in marriage to William “Rex” Welling on August 2, 1947, at Creston, Iowa. Rex and Kay farmed in Union, Madison, and Ringgold counties before moving to their farm southeast of Tingley in the spring of 1966.

Kay started working as a nurse’s aide at Sunny Slope Nursing Home in 1969. When the Mount Ayr Health Care Center was built, Kay continued serving their many residents for decades.

Kay moved to Mount Ayr in 1981, shortly after Rex’s death, where she resided until her move to Mount Ayr Health Care Assisted Living in May of 2014. Kay remained in assisted living until her stroke and was moved to the nursing home wing in January 2019.

She was preceded in death by her husband Rex in 1981; her mother, father, and stepfather; her parent-in-laws; brothers, Ivan Groff, Leo Powell, Charles and Kenneth Powell; brothers-in-law Owen Junior, Richard Welling, Daniel Wilkerson, and Lloyd Berry; sisters-in-law, Lois Berry and Kathy Wilmeth; two grandchildren, Nicole and Matthew, and one great-grandson Alden.

Loletta (Kay) will be missed and eternally remembered by her daughter, Peggy Privette (Bob) of Sun City, AZ; sons Keith Welling (Debbie) of Indianola, IA and Reldon Welling (Nita) of Corvallis OR; her sisters-in-law Sharon Groff, Bonnie Powell, and Kay Wilkerson; brothers-in-law Don Welling (Irene) and Dick Wilmeth; her grandchildren Bill Welling (Kellie), Andrew (Sabrina) Privette, Clint Welling (Dawn), Natalie Wangner (AJ), Kylee Krizmanic (Nick), Tashia Nelson (Matt), Nathan Welling, and Tane Welling (Alyssa); and her 14 great-grandchildren.

Kay loved spending time in her kitchen, cooking and baking, and was known for her delicious cinnamon rolls and angel food cake. She a hardworking woman and will be greatly missed for her kindness and love for her family.

Per Kay’s wishes, she has been cremated and no services are scheduled. She will be buried at a later date in the Evergreen Cemetery, Creston, Iowa.

Memorials are to EveryStep Hospice in Mount Ayr.

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I'm so sorry to hear about Kay's passing. I have a lot of fond memories. May she Rest In Peace.

Robin (Jones) McDonnell Dec 13 2021 9:10 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Violet "Kay" Welling

NancyMackey Dec 13 2021 9:07 PM

I remember Rex and Kay Welling being good friends with my parents Gerald and Betty Nixon. I have some memories of times spent with the kids on the farm. I know my mom still spoke of the Wellings before her death in 2020. My sympathy to the family.

Barb Nixon Mcintire Dec 13 2021 8:45 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Violet "Kay" Welling

Nancy Mackey Dec 13 2021 12:03 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Violet "Kay" Welling

Carol Faris Dec 12 2021 10:42 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Violet "Kay" Welling

Charlotte Pearce Dec 12 2021 10:14 AM

Loletta and I were 2nd cousins. Used to go to her and Rex's home when I was younger with my parents. I visited her not to long ago at Maple Ridge. I always thought she and my Mom could pass for twins. I am so sorry for your loss.

Sharon s Routh Dec 11 2021 7:56 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Violet "Kay" Welling

Nate Welling Dec 11 2021 6:20 PM

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Bill Welling Dec 11 2021 1:42 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Violet "Kay" Welling

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