May 6, 1928 ~ May 15, 2022
Melva “Nanny” Collins Welch 94 of Petersburg, met Jesus, Sunday, May 15, 2022. She was born May 6, 1928 to the late Newton and Myrtle Collins. Nanny was also preceded in death by her husband Carl Burnell Welch; and son Ronnie Welch.
Nanny is survived by a son, Gary Welch (Kim); a daughter, Donna Hester (Charles); a daughter-in-law, Julie Welch; three grandchildren, Amy Richards (Don), Rusty Welch, Ryan Merritt (Chris); seven great-grandchildren, Owen, Avery, Jenna, Olivia, Casey, Mackenzie, Charlotte; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.
She was an active member of Blandford United Methodist Church for over 70 years where she was a member of the choir. Nanny was known by everyone for her warm smile and her good cooking. She loved everyone and will be missed by all who knew her.
A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 20, 2022 at the Crater Road Chapel of E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes, 3539 S. Crater Road, Petersburg, Va, 23805. Interment will follow in Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Virginia. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 19, 2022 at the funeral home. Flowers are welcome, but donations may be made to Blandford United Methodist Church. Condolences may be registered at ealvinsmall.com