Beverly June West
WINSTON-SALEM, NC-- Beverly June West, 77, died peacefully at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice and Palliative Care Center on Sunday, January 20, 2013 following an eleven year courageous battle with ovarian cancer.
On February 17, 1935, Beverly was born the fourth of twelve children to Margie Ann Springs West and Alfred H. West in Pauline, Spartanburg County, SC.
Beverly graduated from Pauline High School and the Spartanburg General Hospital School of Nursing. As a registered nurse, she worked in Chapel Hill as Head Nurse on a Neurosurgical Nursing Unit and became known as "Miss West of 4th West"! She also worked as "cast nurse" for Unto These Hills in Cherokee, NC.
In 1967, Beverly moved to Winston-Salem and began studies at the North Carolina Baptist Hospital School of Nurse Anesthetists, graduating in 1969. Remaining on staff there, she became the Assistant Chief Nurse Anesthetist and specialized in giving anesthesia during neurosurgical procedures. She participated in the national and state Nurse Anesthetist Associations, in addition to the Alumni Association.
Retiring in 1997, Beverly pursued her greatest passions, which included gardening, collecting wildflowers for her beautiful yard, hiking, traveling, reading, playing golf, and spending time with family and friends. She immediately became a Master Gardener, earning the distinction of Forsyth County Master Gardener Volunteer of the Year in 2001. She relished participating in Wildflower Plant Rescues and loved and was knowledgeable about anything in nature. Along with other Master Gardeners, Beverly established the Wild Flower Garden at Tanglewood Park and served as curator, as long as her health permitted. She was a talented artist and enjoyed working in many mediums.
Her memberships included The Wildflower Garden Club of Winston-Salem, the Master Gardeners of Forsyth County, Tanglewood Ladies Golf Association, the Executive Women's Golf Association, The Book Group and Knollwood Baptist Church.
Beverly was predeceased by her parents; three brothers, Burton E. West, Noel J. West, and A. David West; and a sister, Margaret W. Bolton.
Survivors include three sisters, Dorothy W. Smith of Pauline, SC, Nancy W. Hallman and Frieda W. Lipscomb of Spartanburg, SC; and four brothers, Doug D. West, Everett (Buddy) E. West of Pauline, SC, Michael E. West of Spartanburg, SC, and William D. West of Pauline.
Other survivors are her precious Japanese Chin, Rascal; many nieces and nephews and her many friends.
A visitation will be held at 2:00 pm at Philadelphia Baptist Church in Pauline on Saturday, February 9, 2013.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to Hospice Home, 686 Jeff Davis Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29303, or the
Online condolences may be sent to www.salemfh.com