Noma L. Cottingham, age 91, passed away in Cushing, Saturday, July 4, 2009.  Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m.Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at the Oak Street Baptist Church with Reverend Dewey Stanford officiating.  Palmer-Marler Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Noma Lee Moffeit, born March 29, 1918, in Mangum, Oklahoma, to Thomas Elijah Madison Moffeit and Vera Edith Hurst Moffeit.  Noma was the second child and first daughter of Tom and Vera.  Nine children were born to the family of Tom and Vera Moffeit.  Noma started to school in a one room school house – “Annie Laurie” located in southeast Oklahoma.  Noma and her older brother Archie shared the seat in school and rode to school in the buggy driven by Ole Sport.  Mrs. Turner was their teacher.  Noma was very active in school and participated in baseball, volleyball, Glee Club and even acted in the Jr. Play in the role of “Lindy Lou”.
After graduation in June of 1937, Noma attended Oklahoma A & M College in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  In the summer of 1938, Noma left for Cameron  College in Lawton Oklahoma.  Two friends, Ernestene and Bernadeen Brown went also.  The three roomed together and remained close friends throughout their lives.  Noma acquired 45 hours, majoring in Home Economics before leaving college to get married.
Noma married Richard A. Welch in 1940.  Together they had nine children – Dee, Edgar, Tina Sue, Archie, Joan, twins Nora and Vera, Richard Jr. and Tomi.
Noma led a very interesting and active life.  After most of her children had grown and left home, Noma bought Moffeit Cab Company in Claremore where she had worked for 10 years.  She continued with the business for three more years before selling it.  She then took a job that allowed her to travel throughout the northern states of Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, and on up into Canada and then through Colorado, Kansas and Texas as she made her way back to Oklahoma.
In 1977 Noma took a job as live in caregiver to an elderly woman.  She kept the job until the woman passed away at age 93 in 1984.
Noma was a 50 year member of Oak Street Baptist Church in Cushing .  She taught Bible Study and participated in all areas of leadership in the church.  Noma attended every Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night services until her health kept her at home.
In 2005 Noma suffered a stroke leaving her with Expressive Aphasia.  Even thought communication was a challenge for Noma, she kept a very positive attitude – touching all those she came in contact with.
Nome spent her 91st birthday in Cushing hospital where all nine children, nephews and nieces, grandchildren, great grandchildren and also great great grandchildren gathered in the room for balloons, cake and ice cream. 
Noma became a resident of Linwood Village Nursing Home in April, 2009 and resided there until she went to Cushing Hospital on July 1, 2009.
Noma went to be with the Lord on July 4th 2009.  She is preceeded in death by her father and mother as well as brothers –  Archie and Ralph, sisters – Tomi Lois, Ada, Peggy, and Audre.
Survivors include daughter D’Louise and husband Waymoth Roberts of Checotah, Oklahoma, son Edgar and wife Bobbi Welch of Dallas, Texas, daughter Tina Sue and husband Ben Laws of Houston, son Archie and wife Candi Welch of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, daughter Joan Hilbert of Cushing, daughter Nora and husband Johnny Jernigan of Bessie, Oklahoma, daughter Vera and husband Terry Stricklin of Cushing, Oklahoma, son Richard Lee Welch of Austin, and daughter Tomi Aceto of Amarillo, Texas.
Noma is also survived by sister Wilma Thompson  of Duke, Oklahoma, brother Roy Moffeit of Oklahoma City, brother in law Virgil Sumpter of  Rogers, Arkansas,  24 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren, 12 great, great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

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