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Mary Eleanor (Welch) Tapp

Posted 2018-06-06 by Pat R
Wickenburg Sun (Wickenburg, Arizona)
Wednesday, February 14, 2018, p. A-5

Mary E. Welch Tapp
June 17, 1927 - Jan. 20, 2018

Mary Eleanor (Welch) Tapp passed away peacefully at home in the company of her loved ones at the age of 90.

Mary was born in Springfield, Ill., the first child of Ralph D. Welch and Helen L. (Hussey) Welch. When Mary was in her teens, the family moved from Springfield to Minneapolis, Minn., where she graduated from West High School. Upon graduation, she was recruited by the government for employment at the Pentagon. Mary was very proficient in her clerical and writing skills and had a very successful career in both the public and private sectors. Her last employment was in civil service in Concord, Calif., where her boss gave her free rein to run the office, and she was affectionately known as "The General."

Mary loved changing residences, which she did frequently most of her life. She was a long time resident of Vallejo, Calif., and the bay area, and also the foothills of Brownsville, Calif., as well as some years in Minneapolis, Minn.

She was a resident of Wickenburg for the past 16 years, and very much enjoyed her life in this community. She had a beautiful voice and loved to sing and play the piano, which she often did over the years at First Southern Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jim Tapp; her parents Ralph and Helen Welch; sister Dorothy A. Smith; and brother Ralph A. Welch. She is survived by her brother Robert R. Welch of Apple Valley, Minn.; her brother Charles E. Welch of Richfield, Minn.; her children Mary Ellen (George) Konz, David L. (Ha) Hahn, Linda J. (Mel) Lewis, Ronald R. Hahn, Richard Tapp and Ronald Tapp; her 15 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In April Mary's ashes will be placed with her beloved Jim at Golden Gate Cemetery in San Bruno, Calif. A memorial of her life will be held there.

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