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Jeanette West

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Jeanette West was born Oct. 26, 1928, in rural Stoddard County, the youngest child of the late William Joseph Smith and Edith Small Smith, and died Dec. 5, 2012, at Potosi Manor Care Center in Potosi, where she resided.

She married William (Bill) Lee West on Dec. 6, 1951, in Piggott, Ark. Mrs. West, along with her husband, was the owner of Myers Rexall Drugstore in downtown Dexter, and she also worked as a clerk in many downtown businesses. After the death of her husband she moved to Holden, Mo., to live with her son and daughter-in-law, the Revs. Jim and Brenda West. With them she also moved to Webb City, Windsor, Carrollton, and St. Louis, where she was an active participant in each of her son's churches until her health deteriorated and she moved to Potosi Manor in 2009.

She was a member of the Harmony United Methodist Church in Saint Louis and had been active in the United Methodist Women's Units of each church her son pastored.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband; by her brother, Dennis Smith, formerly of Chillicothe, Ill.; and her sisters, Louise Evans and Melba Kildow, formerly of Malden.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law of Belgrade, Mo.; one grandson, James J. West of Columbia Mo.; her sisters-in-law Donna West and Verna Blankenship; her brother-in-law and his wife, Charles and Elenora West, all of Dexter; as well as several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Memorial services will be held in the activity building of First General Baptist Church of Dexter at 11 a.m on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. Those attending are invited to share a simple finger food meal with the family, as well as remembrances of Jeanette.

There will be a private inurnment of ashes at the Dexter Cemetery with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service in charge of arrangements.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the First General Baptist Church, 27 East Castor Street, Dexter, Mo., 63841; Harmony United Methodist Church, 2730 Walton Road, St. Louis, Mo., 63114; TIP Hospice, 504 West Pine Street, Farmington, Mo., 63640; or to any charity of choice.

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