Alva Jean Dornbusch Welch lost her fight against cancer, and on February 5, 2023, she went to heaven to be with God. She died with her family and friends around her.
Jean’s parents, Alvin and Elsie (Schroeder) Dornbusch, had her on October 16, 1935. She grew up on a farm in Knippa with her family and graduated from high school in 1953.
In 1958, she got a degree in elementary education from what is now called Texas State University, which used to be Southwest Texas State College. She met and married her true love, Donald Welch, while she was in college.
He was stationed at Gary Air Force Base in San Marcos. She taught school for five years, then stayed home with their four daughters for a while. She worked for the Internal Revenue Service for 30 years and did many different jobs there.
For the last 7 years, she has used her teaching degree in the Training and Development Branch. Jean loved to help people. At St. John’s Lutheran Church in Austin, she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Confirmation classes, sang in the choir, and was on the church council.
She was a Girl Scout Leader while both daughters were in the program. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, was a program started by the IRS in the 1980s to help low-income people file their income tax returns.
She was one of the first people to sign up to help. In this role, she continued to help people in Austin until she and her husband moved back to the Knippa Community. At the time, the program was just getting started in the Uvalde area.
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She took the lead in helping people in the Uvalde County area with their taxes, which is how she got the nickname “The Tax Lady.” She has been a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Knippa her whole life.
She was baptized, confirmed, and married there. When she moved back to the area, she kept helping with the choir, bells, and altar guild. She was also on the church council, a reader, and a person who helped with communion.
Jean Welch’s parents, Alvin and Elsie Dornbusch, and her husband of 63 years, Donald Welch, all died before her. She is survived by her daughters Donna Harrell, her husband, Jim, Kathy DeKneef, and her husband, Denny.
Laura Foradory, her partner Craig Scott, Elizabeth Stephens, her husband Eric, and her four sisters, Lillian Hodges, Ruth Harder, Margaret Reus, and Linda Schuessler.
Jean also has a lot of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, and she has a lot of close friends who she thought of as family.
On February 10, 2023, from 6 to 8 pm, people will be able to pay their respects at the Rushing Estes Knowles Funeral Home in Uvalde, Texas. On February 11, 2023, at 2:00 p.m., funeral services will be held at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Knippa, Texas.
The person will then be buried at the Knippa Cemetery. Instead of sending flowers, you can donate to the Dornbusch Family Scholarship through the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Knippa, Texas. Visit our flower shop if you want to send flowers to the family.
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