January 1, 1938 — December 10, 2017
Terrie died surrounded by her family from complications from Alzheimer’s disease. She was 79 years old.
She was born in Dixon, Illinois to Terry and Edith Johnston. She moved to Minneapolis as a toddler, where she graduated from West High School and the University of Minnesota.
She married Ronald Welty, PhD during a blizzard on Jan 27, 1962 in Minneapolis. They lived in Minneapolis and Baton Rouge. Ron and Terrie moved to Raleigh, North Carolina where Beth and Kurt were born. She taught kindergarten at Ravenscroft School for ten years.
After the family moved to Corvallis in 1982, Terrie worked for the state employment office for 11 years.
Ron and Terrie loved to travel and visited all 50 states, 23 foreign countries, including elder hostel visits to Panama and Mexico.
Terrie was active in Corvallis Assistance League, OSU Folk Club and the Mario Pastega House.
Ron and Terrie established the Welty Family Fund in the Benton County Foundation to provide financial assistance to outbound Rotary exchange students in Benton County and to the Corvallis Assistance League, Operation School Bell program.
Terrie leaves behind her daughter, Beth Welty of Portland; son, Kurt Welty of Portland; granddaughter, Kate Welty; and sister Lois Johnston Rafferty of Minneapolis.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ron who died on their 52nd wedding anniversary in 2014; her parents; sister Bonnie Lindgren; and brothers Dale and Leo, who both died in infancy.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Benton County Foundation to the Welty Family Fund.
Her cremains will be interred beside Ron in the spring at Willamette National Cemetery.