Service: 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Pitts Chapel, Bolivar.

Mrs. Barbara Jaquetta Welch Lapham, 69, of Bolivar died Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar.  

She was born Dec. 9, 1949, in Yuma, Arizona, to Hubert Garrett and Thelma Irene Gilbert Welch.  

She was united in marriage to Roland “Ron” Lapham on Aug. 6, 1975, in Carson City, Nevada.  

She was a member of Polk County Democratic Committee.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Eugene Welch; and a sister, Helen McNiel.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Ron of  the home; three daughters, Diana Volkmar and significant other Andre Botha of Bolivar, Terri McCann of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Allecia Lemmon and husband Justin of Bolivar; stepson James Lapham and wife Dorothy of Atlanta, Georgia; two stepdaughters, Regina Bagwell of California and Demaris Pires of Lake Shasta, California; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; one brother, Jonathan “Bimbo” Welch, and wife Valerie of Santa Maria, California; three sisters, Sharon Spratley, Bernice Sanders and husband Bob, all of Modesto, California, and Tina McHarg and husband Don of Coultersville, California; as well as many other relatives and friends.

According to Barbara’s wishes, her body will be cremated.  A celebration of life will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Pitts Chapel, Bolivar. Inurnment will take place at a later date in Modesto, California.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at

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