Patricia Marie Ross Welch, 54, of Hickory passed away on Monday, January 22, 2024 at Catawba Valley Medical Center, following a period of declining health.

Patricia was born September 27, 1969 in Burke County to the late Pat Ross and Frances Robinson Ross. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church Hildebran and worked in the cafeteria at North Carolina School of Science and Math – Morganton. Patricia enjoyed working with the kids and will be remembered as a very sweet, kind, and loving person.

She is survived by her husband of thirty one years, Chris Welch; daughter, Julie Welch; son, Aaron Welch; sisters, Jennifer Ross (Steven Shook), and Connie Bess and husband Randy; and stepmother, Nancy Ross.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 26, 2024 at 3:00 PM at First Baptist Church Hildebran with Dr. Cory Smith and Rev. Ron Arndt officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Friday prior to the service, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the church.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Hildebran at PO Box 220 Hildebran, NC 28637.

Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory in Valdese is assisting the family.