Donalene "Donnie" Alice Welch passed peacefully and comfortably in her sleep at Rose Arbor of Hospice in Kalamazoo, MI on August 26th, 2020 at 4:40 p.m.
She was born in Jackson, MI to Donald M. Welch and Charlene Wymbeth Panter-Welch on April 16th, 1958. It was a Wednesday.
She spent most of her younger years in Kalamazoo, Mi and in the surrounding areas. She graduated high school in 1976 at Loy Norrix High-school. Shortly after high school she got married to Larry A. Tompkins. They both longed to have a child and waited 10 long years until they had there miracle baby in December of 1986. Dana Charlene-Wymbeth Tompkins named after her grandmother. Almost 2 years after there daughter was born, Donnie and Larry divorced and she met her long lost love Robert L. Hicks. Before she passed they had lived 32 years together and been married for 16 of those 32 years.
She went on to be a stay at home mother and finally in September 2012 she became a grandmother to her first grandson DaVonte L Johnson. She began a search for God, for her spiritual side. In June 2013 she got baptized at Tom and Pam Gregg's house in there pool. She was so happy, she then continued to help the church and continued to serve God.
In May of 2017 she was blessed with 2 more grandsons Braylen A. Johnson and Braxton E. Johnson.
In April of 2018 she found out she had anaplastic thyroid cancer and went through many of surgeries and radiation, after maxing out on radiation she went through 6 months of iv chemo and when she was done. She went into remission! Until August 26th, 2019 she found out the anaplastic cancer was fast moving and had came back full force. Exactly a year after finding out the cancer had come back she passed. Very comfortable and very peaceful.
She is proceeded in death by her father Donald M. Welch,mother Charlene W. Panter-Welch and Ex-Husband Larry Tompkins
She was survived by her husband Robert Hicks, daughter Dana Tompkins, son in law Randy Johnson and her three grandsons DaVonte, Braylen and Braxton Johnson.
Memorial services will be held at Life Changing Ministries in Portage, MI, on September 19th, 2020.
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