Charlotte LaVern (Smith) Welborn was born to John Thomas Smith and Lillie Odessa (Moss) Smith in Cisco, TX on July 8, 1934. Their family was large with nine children; 5 daughters and 4 sons. Charlotte was the youngest of the children. At a young age, her family began calling her “Boo”. There are many Smith Cousins of Cisco, who fondly remember their Aunt Boo.
Charlotte met the love of her life, Cecil Ray Welborn in Midland, TX. They were married in 1956. They had three children; Cindy Kay (Welborn) Hammonds, Curtis Ray Welborn, and Cliff Alan Welborn. During their working career, they moved 42 times and lived in nine different states. Moving so frequently made it challenging to put down roots. Charlotte truly believed that home is where the heart is. She worked hard to make every new location a home for her family. No matter where she lived, Charlotte always stayed connected to Cisco.
She was proud of little Cisco. She liked to tell stories about the Santa Claus bank robbery, the nation’s largest concrete swimming pool, and the beginning of the Hilton Hotel chain. She also enjoyed the simple pleasures she found in Cisco like making mud pies, tossing pop rocks into a fire, and her favorite activity of all time, washing dishes in the kitchen with her sisters.
Charlotte grew up in difficult times when her mother had little money. Her mother managed to provide for the family by being careful with her finances. Even when Charlotte obtained financial security, she remembered the lessons that Lillie taught her about being resourceful.
Even as Charlotte’s health began to decline in later years, she always had a positive attitude and pleasant disposition. She enjoyed hearing about her grandchildren, playing games with them, and keeping up with family photos & Facebook updates with her I-Pad. She also enjoyed the company of the volunteers from the local Meals-on-Wheels program.
Charlotte was not afraid of death. She knew her spirit would be reunited in heaven with Cecil, who had passed in 2000, and her body would rest in Cisco, where her story began. Her final message to her family was that she wished them health and to continue their lives to the fullest. As always, her final thoughts and actions were to comfort those around her.
The family requests memorials be made to Lake Cisco Christian Camp
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