Viola I. Welch, 75, died peacefully Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 with her family by her side at a Bangor nursing facility. She was born Nov. 14, 1935, in Knox, the daughter of Robert and Mildred (Davis) Hanson.

Viola enjoyed being with her family, knitting, crocheting, long conversations on the phone, playing several instruments, and shopping with the girls. She also enjoyed being at the diner working and meeting old and new friends, laughing and joking around, going to church, and loved her special kitty, Princes. She was very proud of her family and grandchildren, whom she loved dearly.

She is survived by her children, Robert Welch and his wife Kathy, Diane Jones and her husband Paul, Donna Roberts and her husband Tom, all of Knox; grandchildren, Craig Jones and his wife Angela of Thorndike, Troy Welch of Bangor, Christopher Jones and his wife Michelle of Knox, Tina Spaulding of Knox, Scott Welch of Colorado Springs, Colo., Amy Roberts and Eric Roberts of Knox; very special great-grandchildren, MacKenzie and Marissa Jones, Derrick, Travis and Collin Jones, Aaron Welch; sisters, Christine Grant, Betty Moulton and her husband Norman; sisters-in-law, Joyce Chase, Janet Welch and Marilyn Applebee; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Elwood Welch; son, Richard Welch; siblings Florence Dyer, Doris Cook, Beatrice Hustus, Earlwin Raven and Margarite Harvey; father- and mother-in-law Mary and Peter Welch; sister-in-law Myrtie Ricker; and brother-in-law Earl Welch.

Visitation for family and friends will be held Sunday, Nov. 13 from 6-8 p.m. at Young Funeral Home, 31 West Main St., Searsport. A funeral service will be held Monday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. at Faith Temple Church of God, Route 52 Belfast with Rev. Elizabeth Sullivan officiating. Following the service, burial will be at Kenney Cemetery in Brooks.

Donations in Viola’s memory may be made to Mason Mills House of Prayer, 211 Lincolnville Ave. Belfast ME 04915.