Kathryn Jacqueline West

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

KATHRYN JACQUELINE WEST a long time resident of Tucson, Ariz., was born in Cherryvale, Kan. on Feb. 3, 1928, to Leonard and Charlotte (Rhodes) Carson. Mrs. West died Jan. 20, 2008, at her daughter's home in Green Forest, at the age of 79.

Kathryn was affectionately known as Ma West. Her house was always a safe haven for people in need.

Mrs. West is survived by four sons, Carl Donald West, Jr. of Wolfe City, Texas, John Ray West of Tucson, Ariz., Alan Wayne West of Tucson, Ariz., and Joseph Michael West of Galena, Kan.; two daughters, Jacqueline Kay McCollough and Tanya Renee, both of Green Forest; 17 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

On Nov. 9, 1955, Kathryn was united in marriage with Carl Donald West, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Leslie, Lawrence, Lloyd and Leo Carson; three sons, Terry Lee, Gerald Lewis, and Lennie Carson; and one daughter, Tina Revee.

Memorial services were held Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, at First Christian Church in Galena, Kan., with Pastor Paul Sims officiating. Interment followed at Harmony Grove Cemetery of Labette County, Kan.

Memorial gifts and flower arrangements are under the directions of the Derfelt Funeral Home of Galena, Kansas. Local arrangements were handled by Nelson Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.