2010-07-01 / Obituaries

Marcia Welty, 83

Marcia Perry Welty, 83, of Jamestown, died June 26, 2010, at the Village House in Newport. She was the wife of Robert Welty.

She was born in Willmette, Ill., but became a Californian at an early age, when her father started as a key art director for an embryo Walt Disney Productions during the Snow White, Fantasia and Pinocchio era. Marcia’s art form was the piano, however, and she graduated from Mills College, where she was a student of Darius Milhaud, the notable French composer/teacher.

Her most enjoyable job was with the giant agency, J. Walter Thompson, in the early 1950s, where she worked in television production on the old TV epics like Lever Brothers Lux Video Theater, her favorite. It’s also where she met her future husband, who worked at a competing agency in Hollywood.

His transfer to New York brought them permanently east and, 35 years later, to Jamestown. Moving to Jamestown was a sort of coming home for Marcia because she spent most childhood summers visiting her Aunt Bess Peckham in Newport.

She was an active member of the Conanicut Yacht Club, a loyal crew and an all-year rackets player. She loved walking daily in Jamestown, but particularly enjoyed the dramatic beauty of Beavertail and circling the one-mile loop a few times, until her legs would no longer let her. Hers was a life well lived, and she loved it.

Besides her husband of 54 years, she leaves her daughter, Ellen, of Providence; her son, Matthew, of Atlanta, and her grandchildren, Sawyer and Kate.

Services will be private. Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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