Sara White Welsh, 96, of Landenberg died Feb. 13, in West Chester after a long illness.She was the wife of the late Amedeo Vincenti, who died in 1945, and the late James "Bud" Welsh, who died in 1993.

Born in West Grove, she was the daughter of the late Lydia Hannum and George Chester White in West Grove.

Mrs. Welsh graduated from West Chester State Teachers College in 1932 with a degree in music education and later studied piano at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. She taught music to generations of students at Baltimore Friends School, Wilmington Friends and the Elkton, Md., public schools.

Mrs. Welsh's avocation was tracing the genealogy of her family, whose ancestors first arrived in America in the 1600s and settled in Chester County on land given to persecuted English Quakers by William Penn. Among the families she researched were the Hannums, Whites, Spencers, Mercers, Pyles, Ways, and Farners. In 1996 she traveled to Wales with her niece Sandra to investigate Howell family connections. She volunteered for many years at the Chester County Historical Society and added many family records and artifacts to its collections.

She is survived by her brother, George C. White Jr. of Gaithersburg, Md; sisters-in-law, Marcia C. White, also of Gaithersburg, and Mary White of Manheim; nieces, Carol White of New York City, Patricia Paules and husband John of Lancaster, Sandra Milledge and husband Lewis of Coral Gables, Fla., Lynn Wilby and husband, Ed, of Abington, and Ann Kistner and husband, Greg, of Dallas, Ga.; her nephew, Gerald White and wife, Joan, of Spring, Texas; five great-nieces; four great-nephews and their children; and extended family, including Helen Anne Bullock Cooney, many Vincenti relatives, and kind and thoughtful neighbors.

Her brother, Robert H. White, predeceased her.

Her funeral was Monday, Feb. 18, at the Edward L. Collins Funeral Home Inc., Oxford. Interment was in New London Presbyterian Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to Barclay Friends, 700 N. Franklin St., West Chester, PA 19380; Neighborhood Hospice, 400 E. Marshall St., West Chester, PA 19380; or West Chester Historical Society, 225 N. High St., West Chester, PA 19380-2691.

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