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Fern Stewart Welch

magazine editor

Fern Stewart Welch, American magazine editor. Recipient Awards of Merit, International Association Business Communicators, 1975-1977.


Welch, Fern Stewart was born on August 13, 1934 in Redford, Missouri, United States. Daughter of Elza L. and Ruby I. (Bounds) DeMente.


Associate of Arts, Phoenix College, 1953. Student, Arizona State University, 1954. Student, Phoenix College, 1965.

Student, Bellevue Community College, 1967. Student, Lake Washington Community College, 1968.


Writer/reporter, columnist Sammamish Valley News, Redmond, Washington, 1967—1971. Staff writer, assistant to public relations director First National Bank Oregon, Portland, 1971—1972. Assistant public relations director The Arizona Bank, Phoenix, 1972—1973, public relations director, 1973—1977.

Founder, principal Fern Stewart and Associates, Ltd., 1977—1984. Editorial director Metro Phoenix Magazine, 1984. Lecturer public relations.


  • Contributor numerous articles to local and regional magazines.


Board directors Central Arizona chapter American Red Cross, 1976—1982, member advisory board, 1982—1989. Board directors Combined Metropolitan Arts and Sciences. Member Arizonans Cultural Development, Scottsdale Art Center Association, Valley Shakespeare Company.

Member of Women in Communications, Arizona Press Women, Plaza Club (Phoenix), Phoenix Country Club.


Married John M. Stewart, May 24, 1954. Children: Joni Stewart Chanko, Susan Stewart Caldwell, John D. Married Kenneth A. Welch, April 25, 1981.

Elza L. DeMente

Ruby I. (Bounds) DeMente

John M. Stewart

Kenneth A. Welch

Joni Stewart Chanko Welch

Susan Stewart Caldwell Welch

John D. Welch