Marianne Rose Barr Welch died peacefully at her home in the company of her family and a staff that had loyally cared for her during her final declining years. She was born March 26, 1915 in Corning, the first of seven children born to German immigrants, Fritz and Anna Barr. She was married to Attorney Vincent J. Welch who died in 1972. She was the mother of eight children: Elizabeth who died as an infant, Robert (Veryl), George (Elizabeth), Vincent Joseph (Mary Lee), Virginia Headd (James), Frederick, Jacob (Karen) and Thomas (Mary). She is also survived by her sister Virginia Weston and brother Frederick Barr. She had 21 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. \n \n She attended local schools and Bryant & Stratton Business Institute in Buffalo, returning to Corning during the depression to take a job at the then Corning Glass Works. She was a devoted and effective mother. She loved Keuka Lake, spending as much time there as the seasons permitted, catering to her children and grandchildren while reminding them that she was watching. They meant the world to her. She led an active life until the vicissitudes of aging caused her to be housebound for most of the last seven years. There she was cared for by a devoted group of ladies who became her close friends: Zonia Lewis, Leona Harris, Jacque Lewis, McKenzy Lewis, Deanna Kemp, and Diane Canner. Their care and friendship contributed immensely to her well-being during an extended life. \n \n By all accounts she was a beautiful and popular young woman. She stayed close to many of her school friends, delighted by periodic reunions with her group they called the "Stardusters". She appears to have outlived them all. \n \n She was proud of her large family and enjoyed raising her children, always remarking upon the good traits in each, yet reminding all of their shortcomings. Her big heart and sense of humor will be remembered and missed. When needed she was always a motherly refuge. \n \n The family will greet friends at Haughey Funeral Home, 216 E. First St., Corning. Calling hours will be 1-3 and 6-8 on Sunday July 14. On Monday July 15 at 1:00 PM, there will be a Mass of Christian Burial at the church of her baptism, St. Mary's Church in Corning, showing reverence to God and celebrating her life.