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Born: Mar 10, 1929

Date of Passing: Nov 12, 2023

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March 10, 1929 - November 12, 2023

Alene Ruth Murray, born March 10, 1929, in Milan, Quebec, was the fifth child born to Murdo and Edythe Murray. She attended school at Milan and Sherbrooke, Quebec, and was employed by Newton Construction Limited in Sherbrooke until her marriage to Duncan Alan Welch, May 21, 1949, the fifth child born to Isaac and Agnes Welch.

Alene and Duncan lived first at Hartney, Manitoba, before moving to Virden where they began a long, successful building business.

Alene was blessed with three children, Norma, Edythe, and Murray.

Alene enjoyed family activities, being a working partner with Duncan in the construction business, cottage activities at Oak Lake, holding musical family gatherings at 144 Park St. around the Welch piano, travels from Cape Breton to Vancouver Island and many American states. She enjoyed sewing wedding and bridesmaid dresses and costumes for all occasions, garage sales, Scrabble, and visiting at her children’s homes. Alene was all about family, taking pride in her home and kitchen, putting excellent meals on the table for her family and friends.

A member of St. Paul’s United Church, she served on several committees, belonged to Village Choir and Prayer Shawl knitters, River Valley Historical Society, Red Hat Ladies, and Eternal Springs. As a young woman Alene joined the Virden Rebekah Lodge and remained an active member as long as the Order existed in Virden.

Alene is survived by her much loved family Norma (Don Cole), Edythe (Wayne Clayton), and Murray; grandchildren Warren Cole (Michelle), Laura Clayton, and Wesley Clayton (Leilanie); great-grandchildren Caden Cole and Trenton Cole; sister Hazel Brunt, sisters-in-law Shirley Welch, Phyllis Murray, and Nancy Murray, and life-long friend Winnie White (Dale).

Predeceased by Duncan, parents Murdo and Edythe Murray, infant sister Martha, Lennox Murray (Noreen, Miriam), Mavis Curtis (John), Walter Murray (Claudette), George Murray, in-laws Peter Brunt, Ruth Chatfield (Charlie), Ida Penny (Alex), Delia Johnson (Albert), Ralph Welch (Mary), Myrtle Boon (Clarence), Clinton Welch (Doreen), and Norman Welch.

Celebration of Alene’s Life will be held at St. Paul’s United Church, Virden, MB on Saturday, November 25, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. Interment will take place at Virden Cemetery beside Duncan.

Arrangements are in care of Carscadden Funeral Chapel, 204-748-1876.

As published in Brandon Sun on Nov 18, 2023, Nov 18, 2023

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