Elizabeth "Libby" Rhett West, 95, passed away at her home on March 7, 2014. Libby was born at Fort Ogle-thorpe, Georgia where her father was in the Army. In 1937 her family moved to Davidson, North Carolina so her father could teach at Davidson College. She was allowed to attend Davidson College for her freshman year as the daughter of a professor. She would continue to have that pioneering spirit for the rest of her life. Libby married Dr Hugh West in 1956 and became an integral part of life in DeLand. She graduated from Stetson University and continued to be involved there for many years. She was a member of St Barnabas Episcopal Church. She was also very active in The Azalea Circle of the DeLand Garden Club, The National League of Pen women for Art, Music and Writing, The Ladies Auxiliary of The Lake Beresford Yacht Club ( Past President), The Krewe of Amalee, DeLand Country Club, Stetson Alumni, Pi Phi Soroity, The Cultural Arts Center of DeLand and a sustaining member and past President of the Junior League of DeLand. Libby was preceded in death by her husband, Dr Hugh West, daughter, Ann West Hall and her brother, John Taylor Rhett, JR. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her grandsons, Steven Costa, West Costa, Rhett Costa and granddaughter, Hannah Hall, great grandchildren Reese Costa, Jack Costa and Sydney Costa. Additionally she is held dear by her sister in law, Helen W. Rhett ,cousin, Betty Gregg Black, niece, Libby Jones and nephew, John Rhett III, and her companions and caregivers, Alvanetta Johnson and Vernel Neal. Visitation will be from 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm at Lankford Funeral Home on Friday, March 14, 2014. Her family will celebrate her life with a service on Monday, March 17, 2014 at 11:00 am at St Barnabas Church with burial immediately following next to her husband, Dr West. A reception will be held at the church following the service and burial. You are invited to share your memories with the family at www.lankfordfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Mar. 12, 2014