Aundra Smith Welch (Cookie)
Aug. 13, 1967 — June 2, 2021
Aundra Smith Welch (Cookie to his friends) passed away on June 2, 2021, in Anchorage. Born August 13, 1967, in Kodiak to Linda Raye Laqour and Edward Bobo, he was raised by his grand aunt and uncle, John and Florence Welch, after his mom died in childbirth when Cookie was 2 years old.
Cookie had a big extended family (10 siblings!), but he was closest to his friends here in Kodiak — his second family. Especially fellow Kodiak High School graduate, Tony Pirak, 40 days older than Cookie and his best, best friend until the day he died. Cookie called Tony “old man”; Tony countered by calling Cookie “young whippersnapper,” We’ll spare you all the high jinks these two got into to protect the innocent.
Diagnosed with muscular dystrophy after high school, he persevered. After a stint in the Army, he attended architect school, finishing near the top of his class. But as his disease progressed, he returned to Kodiak to paint houses with his uncle John and brother Keenan. Even though born and raised in Kodiak, he had deep roots in California so, being an avid sports fan, he was of course a devotee of the San Francisco 49ers and all teams Los Angeles, especially the Dodgers.
Although dealt a bad genetics hand, Cookie was kind and generous and an all-around nice guy. He will be missed by his family and friends who had the good fortune to know him. The world would be a better place if only we all had Cookie’s outlook on life.
Cookie is survived by his siblings Phillip Bobo of Spokane, Washington, Keenan Smith of Anchorage, Devin and Greg Smith of Los Angeles, Lily Mae Butler of Oakland, California, Annette Edwards of Fresno, California, and Linda Raye Jones of Long Beach, California. Cookie was preceded in death by his parents, his uncle John and aunt Florence, brothers Edward Bobo, Jr. and Jeffrey Bobo and his sister Nora Bobo.
Rest in peace, Cookie.