Visitation for Mrs. Lou Ella Welton, who passed away Monday,  Feb. 18, 2019, will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Great Southern Funeral Home, 300 Oak St., Greenwood. Services will be held at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 230 College St., Itta Bena, on Sunday, with a wake from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. followed by a homegoing service.

A longtime resident of Itta Bena, Mrs. Welton was a member of the first graduating class of Mississippi Valley State University in 1953 and taught in the Leflore County School District for more than 40 years.

She is survived by her five children, Vernola Bolden, Arie Larkins (Ernest), Sammie Welton Jr., Joyce Welton and Wanda Welton; two guardian grandchildren, Andrea “Mona” Viel-Reed (Bob) and Alicia (Dannie) Viel; 10 additional grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other family and friends.

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