Adelaide Cecille Welch Francis died on April 27 at home, surrounded by her loving children. She was 83.

She was born and raised on Martha’s Vineyard, the daughter of Eleanor Mae Morrill and Chauncey Mayhew Welch. Addie, or Andi as she was known to her family and friends, attended the Oak Bluffs School and graduated in its class of 1956. She lived and raised her children on Martha’s Vineyard up until 1979 when she moved to Florida where her eldest daughter lives. She retired from Liberty Mutual in Tampa. In 2015, she returned to Martha’s Vineyard, where her youngest daughter lives.

She enjoyed traveling and was fortunate to visit Kauai, Puerto Rico, Las Vegas, Texas, Louisiana, Wisconsin and Illinois while enjoying time with family and friends. She liked dancing and learning, and loved walking with her sweet rescue dog Tink.

She loved daily life with her children and was the source of strength and light in their lives. They think of her as their best friend, confidant and cheerleader. She will be remembered for her sense of humor, determination, love, and devotion to family and friends. She will be forever missed and live on in their hearts and memories.

She was predeceased by her younger sister Gwendolyn M. Suttles. She is survived by her sister Mildred L. Scott of Oak Bluffs, her children Sheila M. Marinelli Woods of Spring Hill, Fla., Lynn M. Merry of West Tisbury, Dana P. Merry and his wife Martha of Franklin, Tenn., and grandchildren Ana M. Merry and Genevieve M. Merry.

A funeral will be held privately.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman Funerals and Cremations of Oak Bluffs. Visit for online guest book and information.