Arrowsic - Lieutenant Commander Lois Ann (Holdridge) Welsh, 66, of Arrowsic, ME, died peacefully in her home on August 8th after a courageous battle with cancer.
Lois was born on August 4th, 1953 to Walter and Nancy Holdridge in West Point, NY. After graduating from Severna Park High School in 1971, she went on to study History at Frostburg State University.
After graduation, she was commissioned as an officer in the Navy. Lois’ service in the Supply Corps took her all over the US and the world—Rhode Island, California, Georgia, Texas, Sicily, and the Philippines. It was while stationed at NAS Corpus Christi that she met and fell in love with her future husband, Lieutenant Commander Joseph Welsh. They wed in 1982 and went on to have one child, Kendray.
Lois served 12 years of active duty and 8 years in the reserves and retired with full honors in 1996. After her retirement, Lois’ passion for fitness led her to pursue certification as a fitness instructor. She taught classes at Chestnut Forks Athletic Club in Warrenton, VA, and volunteered as a fitness instructor at Camp Oasis, a summer camp for children with Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. After moving to Maine, she taught classes at the Bath Area Family YMCA. She was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church and the Bath Garden Club, and was always ready to lend a hand wherever she was needed. In her free time, Lois enjoyed cooking, reading, traveling, and spoiling her “granddog”, Speedy.
Lois was predeceased by her parents and her grandson, Michael Rodriguez.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph Welsh; her daughter, Kendray (Welsh) Rodriguez; her sister, Elizabeth (Holdridge) Prest; her brothers, Michael Holdridge and Gregory Holdridge; and her granddaughter, Aurora Rodriguez.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, August 16, 2019 from 4:00 – 6:00pm at the David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home, 638 High Street, Bath. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in Bath at a later date. Burial will be at Maine Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery.
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