July 23, 1953 ~ February 23, 2019 (age 65)

Gracie Mae Welcome, age 65, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in her home in San Antonio TX.  She was born July 23, 1953 in Winnsboro Louisiana to Clarence Cardel and Earline Carter, biological parents.  At the age of 14 she was adopted by Junior and Eliza Bell January and lived her life happily and blessed in God’s love.


Gracie Mae was united in Holy Matrimony to Felton Welcome, Jr on July 29, 1983 and resided in Lake Charles Louisiana until Felton’s death on January 17, 1998.  She moved to San Antonio where she worked as a bus assistant with Northside Independent School District for 19 years, sharing her joy for life and her love of people.


Gracie lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures; chatting with her friends and family, always willing to help and share her love of God.  Gracie’s amazing presence, smile and words of encouragement will be missed.  She was a sister, mother, grandmother and friend to all.  Gracie had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way. 


Gracie was preceded in death by her mother and father Clarence Cardel and Earline Carter. Adoptive parents Junior and Eliza Bell January and brothers Joseph Davis Carter, John Allen Carter, Roosevelt Carter, Albert Lee Carter, William Alexander Carter , Clarence Cardel Carter and Charles Carter. 


She leaves to cherish her memory her four children; Selena January, Stephanie (Cristina) Gallegos, Angelica Welcome, Felton (Qinyka) Welcome.


Grandchildren: Raiana Sade January, Cameron Dylon Jones, Raylona Blue, T’iara Louis, Tra’Vanta Simien, Ethan Welcome, Kylon Welcome, Brielle Welcome and Granddog, Yogi.


Siblings: Annie (Charles)Wilkins, Odel Lee Carter, Earl (Annette) Carter, Arthur Britain (Linda) Carter, Sylvia Green, Marylee Ryans, Gerald (Jackie) January, Leisa (Jimmy) Anderson, Danielle (Randall) Barnes, Jim Wright.


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