In Celebration of MHS Class of 1958

In Celebration of MHS Class of 1958

A Tribute and Celebration

We were the class of 1958, members of the Greatest Generation as well as children of the Greatest Generation. Born in 1940, we are also called members of the Traditional Generation.

Our childhood, post World War II, "was the best of times . . . it was the age of wisdom . . . it was the epoch of belief . . .it was the season of Light . . . it was the spring of hope . . . we had everything before us . . .we were all going direct to Heaven . . . ." (A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens.) At least, that's the way I felt about it. We were truly blessed.

- Ouida Tomlinson -

This blog is a place for 1958 graduates of Meridian, Mississippi, High School to stay in touch, post their news, items of interest and photographs.

CLASS OF 1958 MEMORIES (Click to read all posts relating to sports, honors, graduation and other memories of our class in 1957-58.)




Monday, July 22, 2013

Merre’dithe Williamson Welch

Merre’dithe Williamson Welch passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2013 in Gulfport, MS at the age of 72. She was born to Donald and Beatrice Williamson December 13, 1940 in Meridian, MS.

She was preceded in death by her spouse, Jessie Floyd Welch and one son, Bobby Joe Koonce, Jr.

Merre’dithe is survived by her loving children: Teresa Magee, Donald Koonce, and Shannon Favre; five grandchildren: Jason Armstrong, Jaimie Armstrong, Spencer Armstrong, Brittney Koonce, and Lacey Lawson; three great grandchildren: Isaac Reese, Chloe Koonce, and Hannah Lawson; and her two loving dogs: Jo Jo and Shiloh.

She was a member of the Elks Lodge of Gulfport # 978, and served as past Loyal Knight. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit # 119 in Gulfport and a member of the 8/40 Salon 218 of Gulfport where she served as past Chaplain and Department President. She was a member of the Woolmarket Baptist Church.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 1907 Dunbarton Dr., Suite C, Jackson, MS 39216.


O God our Father, Creator of all the living,
we entrust to Your gentle care
all those we love who have gone before us;
and have gone to their rest in the hope of rising again. . . .

Eternal rest, grant unto Merre'dithe, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon her.
May the souls of the faithful departed
through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

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