In memory of our beautiful, precious mother, who raised all 6 of us by herself.
  • 82 years old
  • Born on June 18, 1931 in Morristown, New Jersey, United States.
  • Passed away on May 9, 2014 in Penfield, New York, United States.
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Mona Upchurch-Welch-Moore 82 years old , born on June 18, 1931 and passed away on May 9, 2014. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Chris Welch on 18th June 2016
Posted by Lindy Kruze on 14th January 2015
June 18, 1931 - May 9, 2014. Mona Moore was born to Mary Louise Flagler and Glen Upchurch. She was the only surviving child of four babies who died at birth. She was a survivor from day one. She grew up with her grandparents, Kate and Henry Upchurch, and her beloved cousin, Bill Upchurch.Mona won two scholarships; one to the Eastman School of Music and another for her artistic talents. Mona painted, drew, decorated, was a master gardener, a skilled cook, and a caretaker to her Mother, children and grand-children. She taught herself French and traveled extensively, even writing her name on the Eiffel Tower. There was nothing this woman could not do . Mona married James Welch and had six beautiful children: Cheryl, Jimmy, Michael, Lindy (Leonard Kruze), Chris, and Terry. After James abandoned his family, she raised them alone with the help of her devoted Mother. Mona always allowed her children to have a dog when the last thing she needed was another mouth to feed. Mona worked six days a week to support her children and never received nor considered child support or public assistance. Mona eventually married James Moore, a physicist in the research labs at Kodak. She purchased a cottage on Rushford Lake for her family where countless happy memories were made just as she had wanted. Mona's cottage was well known in the area for its beautiful garden; it was not uncommon for people to stop and stare. Mona was a devoted Mother who supported her children in every way possible. She was a loving grandmother whom her grandchildren adored. It was a regular debate among her grandchildren about whose turn it was to spend the weekends with her. Mona was a beloved friend to many, in particular Joyce Pugh, Josie and Walt Enos, Alice and Marsha. There are so many things we could write about our Mother. It would take years to describe the incredible, strong, funny, generous lady that she was. Our Mom had requested that we have no service. She hopes to be remembered through the countless memories with those she loved.She leaves her broken-hearted children, as well as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Jenny (Zeke Ochs), Jarie-Lynn, Brandy (Pierre Rochon), Jill, Jamie (Jessica Saner), Tracy, Taylor (Brian Beckler), Donovan, CJ, Luke, Breanna, Deavon, JaeLyn, Teagan, Brandon, Emily, Ana, Ryan and Jacques; nieces and nephews: Leslie, Pete, Carolyn, Dorinda and David Upchurch. Cousin: Rooney Zink; former sons-in-law: Jerry Doberstein and Frankie Manioci; former daughters-in-law: Anne Lystne and Karen Whitcomb. She was pre-deceased by her son-in-law, Leonard Kruze. Mona also leaves behind her beloved dog, Mouse. Mom, there are no words to describe the pain we feel. We will love and miss you forever. We won't disappoint you. Thank you for everything. With love and devotion, Cheryl, Jimmy, Michael, Lindy, Chris, and Terry.

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