Lily Joan Yeager was born Nov. 11, 1917, in New Windsor, Berkshire, England, to George and Lily Bush. She died April 14, 2010, in Fort Lupton, Colo.
She was married in England during WW II, after meeting John Welsh, a sergeant in the Army Air Force, in a bicycle shop when she rented him a bicycle. They rode the countryside in England becoming friends, and were married May 26, 1945. She came to the United States in 1946 on a converted troop ship arriving Ellis Island, New York, where Joan and eldest son David took a train to Chicago and then traveled on to Durango, Colo., where she became a U.S. citizen on March 31, 1951.
Lily remained in Durango after John passed away in 1955 and raised three boys by herself until she married Gerald Yeager on Nov. 14, 1967, and moved to Chimney Rock, Colo., where they built their own home. When Gerald Yeager passed away, she sold the home at Chimney Rock and moved to Bayfield, Colo., where she resided until moving to Fort Lupton in 2002. She was active in the Methodist Church and the senior citizens group until she was moved into an assisted living center where she passed away on April 14, 2010.
Joan is survived by her sisters, Eileen Hamer and Rita Glazebrook, of England, and Sheila Harris of Australia; sons David (Cecilia) Welsh of Blue Springs, Mo., Leslie Welsh of Ignacio, Colo., and Philip (Vicki) Welsh of Fort Lupton Colo.; granddaughters Michelle Torrey of Firestone, Amy O’Brien of Fort Lupton and Jessica Welsh of Hesperus, Colo.; grandsons Dr. Jon Welsh of Blue Springs, Mo., Dean Welsh of Junction City, Kans., and Dave Welsh (Tammy) of Blue Springs, Mo. She is also survived by numerous other nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Interment will be at Greenmont Cemetery in Durango, Colo., on Saturday, May 1, 2010, at 10 a.m. graveside services; flowers may be ordered through Aprils Garden Floral in Durango at (800) 247-1634, 247-1633, or aprilsgiftgarden.com. Aprils Garden will deliver all flower arrangements to the cemetery by 9 a.m. on Saturday morning.