Mary Ellen Welten

Mary Ellen Welten, 78, of Sparta, IL, passed away on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, IL. She was born on December 10, 1939 in Baldwin, IL, the daughter of the late Otis and Elvira (Henneke) Despain. Mary and Willbern Welten Jr. were united in marriage on April 25, 1957 at the Peace Lutheran Church in Steeleville, IL. Willbern preceded her in death on February 6, 2012. Mary was the owner of Mary’s Wig Shop in Sparta

Mary is survived by her daughter, Tonya Welten; son, Randall Welten; sisters, Betty Horn, Nina Hughes, Wanda Cortner, Zita Watkins and June Dortch; brothers, William, Roy, Paul and Larry Despain; Grandchildren, Jon Porter, Amanda Welten, Randall Welten Jr., Melina Welten, Dalton Welten and Cheyenne Welten; nine Great Grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and great nephews

Mary is preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Kathleen Lailer, grandchildren Shawn C. Porter Jr., and Ernie Lailer, brother Vernon Charles Despain, sister Margaret Ann Despain

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date

Memorials may be given to the Family for Their Wishes