Welch was born Jo Raquel Tejada on September 5, 1940, in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Josephine Sarah (née Hall, 1909–2000) with English ancestry dating back to the Mayflower, and Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo (1911–1976), a Bolivian of Spanish descent. Her father, an aeronautical engineer, emigrated from La Paz, Bolivia at age 17; her mother was American, the daughter of architect Emery Stanford Hall and wife Clara Louise Adams.

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