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Joanne M. West

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Joanne M. West

Joanne M. West, age 77, of Wilmington, DE, went to be with the Lord on Monday, October 28, 2013. Born in Ashley, PA on May 9, 1936, Joanne moved with her husband Harry to Wilmington in 1960.

While raising three boys, Joanne pursued her passion for books and children by attending the University of Delaware and receiving a Library Sciences degree. Joanne was a librarian and elementary school teacher in the Colonial School District and a librarian at the Delaware Technical & Community College Stanton campus.

Not one to retire lightly, Joanne recently was involved in ministries at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church and volunteering in nursing homes, assisted living communities, and teaching English as a second language.

Joanne was never accused of being shy, and in her older years became bolder in professing her faith in Jesus Christ as her Savior, in encouraging people to stop smoking, and in helping others in need. Joanne also had a gift for growing plants and flowers, and a love for feeding the birds.

In all ways, Joanne thought of others before herself, and leaves a legacy of caring to those whose lives she touched.

Joanne is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Harry, and her three boys, Robert West and his wife Marie of Horsham, PA; Harry West and his wife Jolene of Gladstone, Australia; and David West and his wife Karol of Newark; grandchildren Christopher, Jonathan, Caroline, Alexandra and Matthew; brother Julius and sister Mary Ellen.

Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 1, at MCCRERY AND HARRA FUNERAL HOMES, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington,(Talleyville). A funeral service will be held at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, 850 Mt. Lebanon Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803 on Saturday, November 2, at 1 p.m. A private burial service will take place in Ashley, PA.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Joanne's memory to the Mt. Lebanon Church Missions or Emergency funds, same address as above.

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Published in The News Journal from Oct. 30 to Oct. 31, 2013
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