BANGOR – Joanne Mary Welch, wife of Colburn Welch, died Thursday, April 2, 2009, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. She was born Aug. 24, 1951, the daughter of William Franklin Knight and Shirlie (Bowden) Knight. She was a graduate of Bangor High School and the University of Maryland, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in zoology. Joanne continued her quest for knowledge and discovery by earning degrees in nursing and forestry at the University of Maine and an accounting degree from Husson College. Joanne worked many years as a registered nurse at Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor. She was an avid reader and belonged to Old Town Library Reading Club, Humanities Council and was a leader of Bangor Public Library’s Book Buddies for three years. She enjoyed music and carried her love for Bob Dylan from high school days on. Joanne was remarkable in her interest and devotion to stray animals. Through the years she adopted wolves at Wolf Hollow in New Hampshire. At home she nurtured a groundhog, ferret, rabbit and squirrels, as well as cats and dogs along the way. Her recent pets, Squinky and Misty, will certainly miss her loving care. During the past few years, she began rediscovering her spirituality and found great comfort and strength at Pilgrim Presbyterian Church, Mount Hope Avenue. She looked forward with great anticipation to their Bible Study Group. She especially treasured their friendship, as well as the challenge of a reading discovery of Biblical characters and events. Her husband, Colburn Welch; her father, William Knight; a niece, Sara White and her children, Nicholas and Casey; a niece, Myra Brooker and her children, Emily and James; a nephew, Alex Brooker; an uncle and aunt, Irving and Ester Bowden; aunts, Nina Bowden Hansen and Marlene Donahue; and cousins, Margaret Hansen, Gordon Bowden, Sheri-Lynne Severance, Greg Bowden and Mary Grace Graff survive her. Her mother; and her sister, Katherine Knight, predeceased her. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at Pilgrim Presbyterian Church, 375 Mount Hope Ave., Bangor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pilgrim Presbyterian Church or Bangor Humane Society.