On Saturday, October 31, 2020, Melinda Ann Welch, age 63 lost her life after a battle with COVID pneumonia. Melinda was dedicated to serving others. She was a lunch buddy for 3 years with the Girls and Boys Club and volunteered alongside her husband Mark at their fundraisers for the past 5 years. She also worked with the Gathering of Friends, Co-founder of Hearts for the Homeless, cooking and serving 1000’s of homemade meals with endless love. She truly cared for and befriended the homeless community. For the past several years, she volunteered at The Venues church in Springfield as a greeter and provided a beautiful smile and warm welcome at the door. Melinda was a lover of birds and butterflies. She even raised and released Monarch’s and had almost completed her Master Gardening training. She was an amazing adventurous chef, canner of delicious salsas and jams and baker of delicious breads and treats. Nana was her name and spoiling was her game.
Melinda was an incredible business woman excelling at everything she did. She always stood up for what was right, whether it was the company, a colleague, or a customer. She had a huge heart and was the glue that held the family together. She showed love, understanding and compassion. She loved her family dearly, especially her 9 grandchildren. She was incredibly in love with her husband Mark, whom she has been married to for nearly 20 years. They loved to cook elaborate meals together and were the best of friends. Melinda loved spending time with her family during the annual cookie baking and holiday gatherings. She loved spending time with her daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren in Colorado and was so looking forward to moving close to them. She will be so incredibly missed by her husband Mark, daughter Mandie and step-daughters Amy, Aislynn, Alayna and Ali, her sisters Pam Sawyers, Ellen Bottoms and Lisa Ikerd, and Linda Bain who often considered herself the fourth sister. She had many close relationships and gave so much of herself to those friendships. She was an extraordinary woman and the world will be a little less bright without her.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to the Boys and Girls club of Springfield, Gathering Friends or a donation for the maintenance to the Eisenhower cemetery just outside Spokane, Missouri. She will be interred there near her mother and father. If attending Melinda’s memorial service please practice social distancing and wear a mask at all times.
Memorial services for Melinda will be 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, November 3, 2020 in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark, Missouri. A come and go visitation will be 6:00 P.M. Tuesday until service time in the funeral home. Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com.
Effective October 21, 2020 through December 31, 2020 the City of Ozark, Missouri issued a mask ordinance. A requirement to wear face coverings when in public, for the purpose of preventing or limiting the spread of COVID-19. Barnes Funeral Home is following the ordinance and recommend social distance guidelines. The family and staff thank you in advance, for your understanding during these difficult times.