Margaret "Maggie" Ann Welton, 74, Albuquerque, N.M., died at her home in May 2020.


She was born to Bill and Marcena Welton, on September 12, 1945, in Salina.


After graduating from Arkansas City High School in 1963, she completed a Christian Education bachelors at Tulsa University in 1968, and then a Master of Divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in 1973.


While in seminary, she helped co-found and co-direct the Women’s Jail Project in Rochester, NY (1973-1976), and after graduate school, she was ordained as a minister in the United Presbyterian Church in 1974.


She pastored two churches (in New Caledonia, New York and Zanesville, Ohio) before becoming a hospital chaplain in 1980. After a year-long residency at Indiana University Medical Center in 1981, she joined the hospital as a staff chaplain and, later, as an ACPE Clinical Supervisor.


In 1985, she returned to Kansas to serve as the Pastoral Care Director and ACPE Supervisor at Hadley Regional Medical Center in Hays, where she remained until 1998.


In 2000, Maggie moved to Albuquerque, N.M., to join the Child Life team at the University of New Mexico Hospital as a Child Advocate, and to be near her brother Ted and his family.


She retired in 2011, and spent her later years enjoying time at her home with Po and Tilly, her two cats.


She enjoyed gardening, sewing, quilting, woodworking, clowning, collecting circus memorabilia, and cheering for a number of teams, including the Kansas City Chiefs and the Chicago Cubs.


She is survived by her brother Ted and his wife Brenda, niece Kristi Welton-Kidder and her husband Frank Kidder and their two sons, and nephew Bruce, all of Albuquerque, and by nephew T. Scott Welton and his wife Ronda and their three children, of Lincoln, Neb.


She was preceded in death by her parents, and by her brother Bill.