Arlette Ann Johnson Welch took Jesus’ hand and was lead to heaven on Nov. 16, 2008, following a lengthy illness.
She was born to Andy and Annie Sunderlang Johnson on March 21, 1927, at home in Osnabrock, N.D., during a blizzard. Arlette graduated from schools in Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana. She picked potatoes for high school clothes as well. During WWII, Arlette worked in a defense plant in Tacoma, Wash. In Montana, she worked as a gas station owner as well as a postal clerk, when stamps were 3 cents. Other duties were church organist for 14 years, schoolboard clerk, crop-hail insurance agent and casualty insurance underwriter. She traveled to Utah with a construction crew, who built the first three condos in Park City, then set up permanent residence in Salt Lake working for Sperry- Univac for 13 years in the engineering and publications department, the defense systems division with top CIA security. Arlette became a lifetime member in FLCA Lutheran Church, where she enjoyed choir. She also enjoyed Utah Garden Club, progressive dinners, pinochle playing, water and oil painting and was a gourmet chef. She loved to laugh and share jokes. Those surviving her include: her daughter, Vicki Danhof in Bozeman, Mont.; grandson, Kevin Carlberg, and greatgrandsons, Anthony, Kaleb, Seth and Jacob in Everett, Wash.; her son, Jeffrey Ross Spicher; grandsons, Nirguna, Pariksit (Rick) and Vaishava Victor and granddaughter, Mercy Kretina in Moundsville, W. Va.; sister-in-law Pamela Mohn in Murray, Utah; also extended family, Jane Welch, Dave Welch, Barb Rice, Don Welch; dozens of cousins; and numerous friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; stepdad, Syver Nordby; husband, Lloyd (Bud) Welch; and former husbands, David Spicher and Lloyd Mohn. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, at 10 a.m. at St. Mathews Lutheran Church, 5200 S. 2700 W. Interment, Valley View Memorial Park. She was loved by all.