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Laticia J. West, 73, of Alamogordo, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, in Alamogordo.
Laticia J. West was born in Ripley, Ohio, on Feb. 26, 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, and together they had five more children. Raising seven children was quite a chore but Laticia always gave her 100 percent as a mother, wife and child care giver. As the children got older, any school activity, function, sports, camping, hunting, an all around mom, she was there for. On top of raising her large family, Laticia worked some at J.C. Penney, Levi Strauss and Mid Continent Inc. 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 play softball. She was very well known for arguing with the umpires for wrong calls.
Laticia West was stricken with diabetes eight years ago and she lost one leg. Even 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 Baton 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.; sons James West and wife, Linda, and Tom West and wife, Shelly, of Alamogordo, Ronny West, of Capitan, and son Donny West and Carrey, of Capitan; daughter Kay Abney and husband, Rick, of Las Lunas; and son John N. West and fiancee, Kim, of Alamogordo. Laticia also leaves behind 17 grandchildren whom she loved and cherished very much, John Vernon, Kimberly Mooney, Tommy West Jr., Nichole West, Erica Mitchell, Kimberly West, Lashawnda Cochran, Lacey Cochran, Leandra Faye West, Delaney J. West, Derek P. West, Lance West, Wendy West, Jimmy West, Ronny Wright, John D West, Kristian L. West, and 27 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. 15 to Jan. 17, 2010
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