Harvey Coleman WELCH Ruby Rhoda GIFFEN Mini tree diagram
Betty Jo WELCH

Betty Jo WELCH3,1,4,2

24th Feb 19501,2 - 26th Dec 19501,4,2

Life History

24th Feb 1950

Born in Avondale, Maricopa, Arizona.1,2

26th Dec 1950

Died in Buckeye, Maricopa, Arizona.1,4,2

Accidental drowning, no evidence of foul play, no inquest

31st Dec 1951

Buried in Louis B Hazelton Memorial Cemetery, Buckeye, Maricopa, Arizona.3,2


  • Betty Jo Welch
    Birth 24 Feb 1950 in Avondale, Maricopa County, Arizona
    Death 26 Dec 1950 in Buckeye, Maricopa County, Arizona
    Harvey Coleman Welch 1901 - 1950
    Ruby Rody Giffin 1927 - 2007
    --  Guy Williams Ancestors, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/28346132/person/12185216735

    A family member says that Betty and her father died together in the same drowning accident.  But Harvey's death certificate reports that the accident happened while he was "at work" in rural Maricopa County.  Note that Betty Jo is less than one year old.

    "Harvey and his daughter Betty Jo accidently drowned on December 26, 1950 near Buckeye, Maricopa County, Arizona."
    --  Ancestry Stories, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/28346132/person/12184493036/media/1?pgnum=1&pg=0&pgpl=pid%7cpgNum

    The death certificates tell us the drowning accident took place about 7:30 PM.  Harvey's certificate reports it was an accident at work, but the time and the fact that the baby died with her father sounds more like it was a road accident, maybe off a bridge over a lake?  Or off a dam road?

    Arizona Death Certificates, 1870 - 1963
    Betty Jo Welch
    Residence Avondale (address General Delivery), Maricopa County, Arizona all of life
    Birth Feb 24 1950 - Arizona, age 10 mos, 2 days
    Parents Harvy Welch, Ruby Giffin, both born in Oklahoma
    Informant M J Welch, DeLeon, Texas
    Death 7:30 pm Dec 26 1950 9 miles northeast of Buckeye, 1 mi north of Perryville, Maricopa, Arizona, USA
    Death By Drowning, no evidence of foul play, no inquest; accident while at work
    Certificate signed and filed by Justice of the Peace and Coroner, Buckeye, Arizona (name Bill ??)
    Burial 31 December 1951 Louis B Hazelton Cemertey, Buckeye, Arizona
    Certificate #6394 filed 4 January 1951

    Betty Jo's grave marker has only her name, Betty Welch, with no other informaiton.  I posted a copy of Betty Jo's death certificate and submitted details to her memorial on Find a Grave, so the memorial does now report the dates and places of birth and death and notes that the stone has no info.  A photo of the stone is included on the memorial.

    Betty Welch
    Birth Feb 24, 1950 Avondale, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
    Death Dec 26, 1950 Buckeye, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
    Father Harvey Welch (1901 - 1950)
    Note: No other information on the headstone - just the name.
    Burial Louis B Hazelton Memorial Cemetery, Buckeye, Maricopa County, Arizona, Plot B-23-2-08
    Created by Teresa Amabisca Dec 15, 2006
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #17036857, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=17036857


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