The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 5, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, October 5, 2013


Morgan Breanna Welch Smith

Morgan Breanna Welch Smith, age 26 of Pax, along with her infant daughter Isabella Noelle passed away on Thursday, October 3, 2013 as a result of an automobile accident.

Born on September 10, 1987 in Cumberland, Md., and was the adopted daughter of Walter and Phyllis Welch of Shady Spring and was the biological daughter of Mark Welch and his wife Lisa of Statesville, N.C.

Morgan was a former employee of Lowe’s of Beckley and Staples Office Supplies in Beckley. She was a 2004 graduate of Shady Spring High School and attended New River Technical College and the Statesville Christian School in Statesville, N.C. (until the 10th grade). Morgan was a member of the North Gate Baptist Church in Beckley, and had been attending the Calvary Assembly of God in Beckley.

She competed in barrel and endurance racing as a young girl for several years. She placed third place for 25 miles in her age group in the endurance racing. She always had a love for horses.  

Morgan was preceded in death by her grandparents, Jack and Evelyn Walker, and Walter and Kizzie Welch. She was also preceded in death by an aunt who was very dear to her, Kathy Bodiford, and also by an aunt Christine Barnes.

Survivors include her children, two daughters, Haylea Breann Smith and Skyler Grace Brown and a son Michael Lowell Smith; a sister, Crysta Noel Welch of Statesville, N.C.;  step sisters, Ashley Niccole Wardell of Newton, N.C., Stephanie Elyse Bledsoe and her husband Michael of Mocksville, N.C.

Morgan was loved by all who knew her, and will be missed by family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 3 p.m. with Pastor John Jordan officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Prosperity.

Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Pallbearers will be family members and friends.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.

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