Mildred Southerland Welch, age 84, of the Curtis Community, near Arkadelphia, died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. She was born in Clark County, Oct. 7, 1929, the daughter of Luther and Gladys Anderson Southerland. Welch was past president of the Clark County Fair Association and a member of its board for over 30 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Arkadelphia. Welch was preceded in death by her husband, Neal Welch; and a daughter, Linda Jo Arnold. Survivors are one daughter, Suzanne Welch Hardage; one grandson, Ryan Lee Arnold (Lauren); and one great-grandson, Braydyn Arnold, all of Arkadelphia. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 28, in the Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Travis Langley officiating. Burial will be in the Jones Cemetery near Brown Springs. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Linda Jo Arnold Scholarship Fund, Clark County Fair Association, Box 725, Arkadelphia, AR 71923. Sign the online guestbook at