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Nancy West


NANCY BURROW WEST died peacefully at home surrounded by family on the evening of Monday, December 17, 2012.

A funeral service will be held at Jefferson Street United Methodist Church in Natchez, MS on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 12:00 p.m., with Rev. John Kramer officiating. A burial service will immediately follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Natchez. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, December 21, 2012 at Jefferson Street United Methodist Church. Laird Funeral Home in Natchez, MS has charge.

Nancy was born in Atlanta, TX on April 14, 1938 to the late John Weston Burrow & Hilda Keller Burrow and spent her childhood in Eastern Arkansas, graduating from West Memphis High School in 1956. After graduation, Nancy attended Mississippi State College for Women, earning a degree in English in 1960. After graduating from MSCW, Nancy followed several friends to Natchez, MS to pursue a teaching career. It was in Natchez that Nancy met & ultimately married William Thomas West, Jr., her husband of 50 years.

Nancy spent two years teaching in Natchez before starting a family of her own, at which time, she left the workforce to raise her two children, Laura Lee West & Benjamin Wade West. In 1968, the family moved to Jackson, MS where Nancy began work for the MS State Banking Commission.

Upon returning to Natchez in 1973, Nancy continued to provide free lance work for the MS State Banking Commission for a few years before temporarily returning to the classroom as a middle school substitute English teacher. In 1978, she went back to full time work in the Adams County Chancery Court office as a court reporter covering Adams County & other surrounding counties. Nancy retired from the Chancery Court office in 2003 after serving that office for 25 years, encompassing the terms of 4 different judges.

Nancy was a long time member of Jefferson St. United Methodist Church and served the church in many capacities over the years. As a member of the E.C. Ward class, she made and strengthened many deep friendships through her faith & spiritual love for Christ. She will be fondly remembered by her dear tennis friends, the Purple Ladies, the Boys of Summer and their families, her "Sista" and countless others, of whom she was so deeply committed to and loved dearly.

Above all else, Nancy will be remembered as the epitome of grace, charm and compassion, a true southern belle. Her mastery of the English language, literature, and the written word provided great depth to this truly beautiful woman. Others were drawn to her for her sweet disposition, her ability to light up a room with her very presence and the humility with which she did so. One of the many admirable virtues of Nancy was her deep loyalty to her friends and her family. Nancy was devoted to her husband, children & grandchildren, was and forever will be a cornerstone in their lives and gave all of herself to ensure their happiness. As a wife, Nancy was a true soul mate to her husband, encouraging, supporting and loving him in a manner that surely pleased God. As a mother, Nancy loved, & bolstered her children with all she had. She challenged her children to never settle for less than they could be, to dare to succeed in all that is undertaken and to be respectful of all & demonstrate that respect with exceptional manners & humility. As a grandmother, she showered her grandsons with love and encouragement, doted on them excessively and took great joy in spending time with them.

Nancy is survived by her husband, William Thomas West, Jr., her children, Laura Lee West of Memphis, TN, Benjamin Wade West of Memphis, TN and wife, Kathryn G. West; two grandsons, William Thomas West III and Howard Graham West; two brothers, John Wade Burrow of Memphis, TN and Joe Franklin Burrow of Halls, TN. Additional survivors include numerous nieces & nephews.

The family would like to thank Nancy's sister-in-law, Billie Ann Foster, for her unwavering dedication, support and assistance over the last 10 years, as well as caregivers Twanza Conner, Shinaka Dobbins and Ashley Willis who cared for Nancy as if she were their own mother. Further appreciation is extended to Dr. Ed Daly, Dr. Kenneth Stubbs and their respective staffs for their long time care and support and to the wonderful caregivers of Hospice. We are also thankful for the love & support of Nancy's dear friends who have stayed by her side & visited her during her final years. Most especially, we are grateful for the grace of our Lord & Savior in His gentle hand in her passing.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorials be made to Jefferson Street United Methodist Church, 511 Jefferson Street, Natchez, MS 39120 or the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, NY 10001.

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Published in Clarion Ledger on Dec. 20, 2012
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