January 8, 1932 - November 12, 2021
Erma Eloise Welch Christian, 89, passed away in tranquility at her home on November 12, 2021, surrounded by family and bathed in love. Erma was born in Ft. Ashby, WV on January 8, 1932 to Walter Ralph Welch and Lois Adams Welch, as one of seven children. She graduated from Ft. Ashby High School and went to work in Washington, DC. Her occupation was secretary/administrative assistant; she was lightning fast and accurate on a typewriter/keyboard and spent years as a medical office manager. She met her true love, life partner and husband, Howard Bill Christian in DC and was married in 1953 in her hometown. Bill was a navy man and Erma was an exemplary navy wife, moving all over the country and overseas, truly loving being stationed in California and Japan. She stopped moving in Jacksonville Beach, sending Bill to Virginia, on his last tour of duty alone. Bill passed in 2014. Among her life’s passions were service, travel, entertaining, socializing, cooking and she gambled a bit. She loved one armed bandits, particularly in Las Vegas and she rolled the dice on a risky heart surgery seven years before her death, winning several more years of a wonderful life. She spent many joyful days in service at her church, mostly cooking for various events and she volunteered serving at a food bank. She loved gardening, and blossomed at the Garden Club and stylishly dressed with the Red Hat Society. She had five children, born in various cities, and was the primary care giver, chef, dish washer, designer, custodian, gardener, taxi driver, financial backer and counselor for all of them, and many of their friends. She was the matriarch of the family and the host of the house where “all the kids hung out”. She is survived by three living siblings, Richard Welch, Janice Smith and Sondra (Don) Helker, children: Pamela (Jeff) Kemp, Karen (Randy) McNeal, Michael, Mark, Kells (Hunter) Christian, thirteen grand children: Tempest (Matthew) Soltesz, Kells Manthei, Clain Manthei, Monique Maione, Christiana (Dwight) Mosby, Ian Christian, Maris Christian, Meghann Koch, Morgan Christian, Mitch Christian, Coen Christian, Cameron Christian, Cole Christian, four great grand children: Carson & Callie Koch, Callum & Ophelia Soltesz, several step grandchildren and the best two life-long friends ever: Gigi (Doug) Berle and Joan Moriarty. “Nanny” will be remembered for her strong (and mostly sweet) personality, generosity (particularly at Christmas), absolute devotion to her family and her near perfect party attendance record. A memorial service will be held on December 12, 2021 at 2 pm at Christ United Methodist Church, 400 Penman Road, Neptune Beach, FL 32233.In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to be made directly to Christ United Methodist Church (904)249-5370. The arrangements are under the care and direction of V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services at Beaches Memorial Park, 1500 Main Street, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233. 904-249-1166.
Erma Eloise Welch Christian, 89, passed away in tranquility at her home on November 12, 2021, surrounded by family and bathed in love. Erma was born in Ft. Ashby, WV on January 8, 1932 to Walter Ralph Welch and Lois Adams Welch, as one of seven... View Obituary & Service Information
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