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Laticia J. West

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Laticia J. West, 73, of Alamogordo, passed away peacefully, Jan. 5, 2010, in Alamogordo.
Laticia J. West was born in Ripley, Ohio, on Feb. 25, 1936, to John P. and Faye Baitzel. In 1956, she moved to Alamogordo with her parents and two children at the time. She met her husband, John D. West, together they had five more children. Raising seven children was quite a chore but Laticia always gave 100 percent as a mother, wife and child caregiver. As the children got older, Laticia was there for any school activity, function, sports, camping and hunting. She was an all around mom. In addition to raising her large family, Laticia worked some at J.C. Penny, Levi Strauss and Mid Continent, Inc. But she mostly was a housewife and mother. All her children pursued baseball and softball. She supported them strongly and always tried to make all the games. Some still do play softball. She was very well known for arguing with the umpires for wrong calls.
Laticia West was stricken with diabetes eight years ago in which she lost one leg. Even so a handicap did not stop her from doing things with her family. She loved to shop at Walmart and Lowe's Grocery.
She will be greatly missed.
Laticia West was preceded in death by her husband, John D. West, a Baaton Death March Veteran; sister, Linda Baitzel; parents, John and Faye Baitzel; daughter, Johnell Wright; granddaughter, Kerri Ann Wright and daughter-in-law, Cinthia Jane West.
Laticia West is survived by her sister, Candy Vernon and husband, Frank, of Jefferson City, Mo.; her children, James West and wife, Linda; Tom West and wife, Shelly, of Alamogordo, Ronny West of Capitan, Donny West and Carrey, of Capitan, Kay Abney and husband, Rick, of Las Lunas and John N. West and fiancé, Kim, of Alamogordo. Laticia also leaves behind 14 grandchildren whom she loved and cherished very much, John Vernon, Kimberly Mooney, Tommy West Jr., Nichole West, Erica Mitchell, Kimberly West, Lashawnda Cochran, Lacy Cochran, Leandra Faye West, Delaney J. West, Derek P. West, Wendy West, Jimmy West and Ronny Wright; and 26 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be conducted at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at Alamogordo Funeral Home. Inurnment will be at a later date.
The West family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place locally at PCS.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 7 to Jan. 24, 2010
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