Dorothy Louise Rostron "Dottie" Welch
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Dorothy Louise Rostron Welch, better known as "Dottie," went home to be with her Lord and Savior at 3:02 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2011. She was a resident of Gonzales and daughter of the late Charles and Clarice Rostron. Survived by her husband of 49 years, Dr. Joe Ben Welch, chancellor of River Parishes Community College. She was the mother of four daughters, Wendi Welch Sands, of McKinney, Texas; Robin Welch Peveto, of Orange, Texas; Sandi Welch Dobbs, of Golden, Colo.; and Roxie Welch Bolton, of Willis, Texas; who are all educators. She was the proud grandmother of 12 grandchildren, Skyler Sands, Haley Sands, Landon Sands, Taylor Peveto, Justice Peveto, Eli Peveto, Tyler Dobbs, Erika Dobbs, Dylan Dobbs, Drew Dobbs, Leslie Bolton and Bailey Blackwell. She was a graduate of Louisiana Tech, where she and Joe Ben met, and spent her life caring and ministering to others in her home, at her children's schools and in her church homes. She also was a director of adult literacy in the public library system and an unfailing supporter of Joe Ben's community efforts. She will be greatly missed, but her legacy will continue on. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Ruthi Rostron Revis. Visiting was at Parkview Baptist Church, 11795 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge on Tuesday, April 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Visitation at First Baptist Church of Zachary on Wednesday, April 6, from 9 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m., conducted by Dr. Wayne Barnes and Dr. Reggie Bridges. Burial in Azalea Rest Cemetery, Zachary. Share sympathies, condolences and memories at

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Published in The Advocate from Apr. 4 to Apr. 6, 2011.
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April 27, 2011
Joe Ben and Girls,

I hope you can take comfort from knowing that Dottie is happy in heaven and no longer suffering. We will all miss her but look forward to that great day when we will all be together again.
Susie Dore
April 17, 2011
Joe Ben and beautiful girls, Wendi, Robin, Sandi and Roxie. May each of you rejoice that Dottie was part of your life. She was a loving and caring wife, and a wonderful mother. Read 1 Cor.1:3. Rejoice that she is now in Heaven with family members and friends. Love you all very much.
Williametta Rostron
April 10, 2011
Joe Ben and Girls,
I will never forget Dottie for all her uplifting when Richard was sick. She was a wonderful Christian and a lovely lady and I shall miss her.
Sue Bean
Sue Bean
April 6, 2011
Dottie was a woman you met l time & remembered. Very
special warm loving person who will be missed by all
who knew her. So sorry for your loss.
Jeanette Grip
April 5, 2011
Joe Ben, girls and families, I am very sorry that you are having to go thru this very difficult and sad time. I will always remember Dottie as an industrious woman with a true Christain heart and spirit. May god bless you and give you peace in the days ahead. John and Sybil Hughes
April 5, 2011
Joe Ben and family,

Our prayers are with you all during this time of loss. I have many fond memories of Dottie and her work at the church.
Jeanette & Eugene Crocker
April 5, 2011
Joe Ben;

Please know that Anita and I sympathize with you in your loss. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Dale & Anita Spaht
April 5, 2011
Dr. Welch,

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Mrs. Welch was always so kind to me during your tenure at MGC. I have many fond memories from those years. May God Bless you and comfort you and your family.
Paula Harrison-Bryant
April 5, 2011
To Joe Ben, Wendi, Robin, Sandi and Roxie, cherish Dottie's memory and never stop telling her story. May God bless you all and comfort your hearts.
Masnoh wilson
April 5, 2011
My deepest sympathy. My prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Shelly Martinez
April 5, 2011
We treasure the time we had to count Dottie as one of our great friends. She was among the most caring and giving people we have ever been blessed to be around. She had quite a talent for reaching out.

We will never forget her part in the Pals of Dahnell (POD!) group ministering to us & our family in a time of need. Thanks Joe Ben and daughters for sharing Dottie generously with those around her. We were all blessed.
Greg & Dahnell Bell
April 4, 2011
Dottie, we love you and you will be greatly missed... Africanus Garga-Richardson & family.
Africanus Garga-Richardson
April 4, 2011
Joe Ben and family. So sorry to hear of your loss. You and Dottie have had a great impact on my life and that of my family. From high school teacher to buying my first home to career counseling. Thanks for being a mentor and friend. Mike Combs (Orange, TX)
April 4, 2011
Joe Ben,
Diane and I have you and the girls in our thoughts and prayers. We can still remember the good times we had with you and Dottie when you were here in Cochran, Georgia. Again, we are praying for you.
Your friends,
John and Diane Giddens
Cochran, Ga
April 4, 2011
Cherish the memories and take comfort in the knowledge that your mom is resting in the arms of her Savior. Our prayers are with your family. Mike and Becky Dixon
April 4, 2011
Hello Joe Ben! I am sad to hear of your wife's passing away. Please know how much I appreciate the gifts that both of you have given to students in Louisiana. Our prayers are with you! Ann and Lenn Knapp
Ann Knapp
April 4, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Michael Brown
April 4, 2011
Barbara Dale Annison Cutrer
April 4, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Melvin and Evelyn Brown
April 4, 2011
Joe Ben wish we could be there with you during this time. We have so many fond memories of our lives together with your family when we were young adults. My lasting memory of Dottie was that she always seemed to bring out the very best in everyone she came in contact with. BOth of you were such encouragers for me at the Orange Branch of Lamar University. Please know we are praying for God's comfort for the entire family over the next few weeks.
Mike and Tina James
Tyler Texas
April 4, 2011
Our employees prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Glenn and Glenda Shaheen
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Glenda Shaheen
April 4, 2011
Dr. Welch,
You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Remember all the good times, then smile, knowing she's smiling with you.
John & Pam Cagnolatti
April 4, 2011
Our condolences on your loss. I know with the strong religious background of the entire family, you know that God is always at your side. He will carry you through these trying times. Alan&Margaret Richey
April 4, 2011
Thinking of you at this difficult time and praying that you and your family will find comfort in your many wonderful memories. Jackie Wilson, Cochran, GA
April 4, 2011
May our God of comfort be with you during the days and months ahead. I am sure Ms. Dottie is enjoying her mansion and streets of gold. I know you will all rejoice in that.
Laura Hughes Clark
April 4, 2011
Dr. Welch, You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Liz Travis MGC
April 4, 2011
Dr. Welch -
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Johnnie & Karee Balfantz
April 4, 2011
Dr.Welch and family , My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most diifucult time .
Bill Clark
April 4, 2011
Dr. Welch, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Jan Thomas, MGC
April 4, 2011
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Carol Meyers
April 4, 2011
Joe Ben and daughters, I was so sorry to hear of Dottie's passing. She is remembered fondly here at Middle Georgia College and Cochran for her grace and demeanor in her role as First Lady of MGC and in her commitment to her faith. I hope and pray for you to find comfort in your fond memories and the esteem in which she was held by many.
John McElveen
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