Constance Louise (Ide) West (1923 - 2012)

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WILLIAMSBURG- Constance Louise West, 89, of Williamsburg, was called to her eternal home on Tuesday.

Constance was born July 8, 1923, in Taunton, the daughter of the late Warren Leroy and Ruth Elizabeth (Earle) Ide. Connie spent most of her early life in Berkley attending schools there and later attended Bridgewater State Teacher's College. She was the widow of Vernon P. West, whom she married on June 11, 1943.

She worked briefly for the former Pro Brush and also the Brass Shop before joining her husband in his insurance agency, Vernon P. West Insurance in Williamsburg and later in Florence.

Constance was a devout Christian with a strong faith in God. She was an active member of the First Congregational Church of Williamsburg where she served in many capacities and sung in the choir and eventually earned the title of Deacon Emeritus.

She was a 66 year member of the Williamsburg Grange, having held offices at the Subordinate, Pomona, and State levels. She was also a member of the National Grange. She played a major role in starting the Williamsburg Junior Grange. A lover and writer of poetry, she wrote a column "Connie's Soliloquy" for the State Grange News. Connie was active with several Christian groups and had been instrumental in the "March for Jesus" movement in Northampton. Connie was a friend to everyone she met and loved being with family, playing scrabble and Chinese checkers, traveling and singing.

Besides her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Roger, and also by her four siblings, Virginia Ingalls, Warren Monroe Ide, Rhoda Kennedy and Douglas Ide.

She is survived by her children, Richard West and his wife Lucy of Greenfield, Linda Banks of Monroe, N.C., Lawrence West and his wife Linda of Haydenville and Natalie Ponusky and her husband Bill of Kingman, Ariz.; seven grandchildren, Richard, David, Rhonda, Ruth, Dell, Jennifer and Benjamin; 13 great-grandchildren, Nicole, Jillian, Lucianne, Jacob, Lilly, Matthew, Haleigh, Miranda, Amanda, Lilly Ann, Cecelia and Nicholas; her dear brother-in-law, David West and his wife Nancy; as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.

A memorial celebration of her life will be held at the First Congregational Church of Williamsburg on Aug. 19 at 2 p.m. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Dudley. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church at P.O. Box 308, Williamsburg, MA 01096 or to the Williamsburg Grange, c/o Candy Smith, 50 Hyde Hill Rd., Williamsburg, MA 01096. Pease and Gay Funeral Home of Northampton has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Aug. 4, 2012
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