Norma Jean West


Services for Norma Jean West, 82, of Tyler, are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 7, 2011, at Lloyd James Funeral chapel with the Rev. Roy Thoene officiating. Burial is in Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Lloyd James Funeral Home.

Mrs. West passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2011, in Tyler.

She was born on Aug. 20, 1928, in Vernon to the late Alf Waldo and Lorena Spradlin Simmonds. She was a member of Grace Community Church and retired as a realtor/Broker after 30 years of service. Jean's early years were filled with several Red Cross safety programs. She taught Red Cross swimming and life saving methods and was a life guard for several years while attending Oklahoma State University. She graduated from high school in Guthrie, Okla., and was owner/operator of West Grocery and Feed at the Gresham Community for 10 years. Jean's deep Christian conviction reflected her action always helping those needing help and assisted many to share that conviction.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Charles Wayne Simmonds.

She is survived by her husband, Gene Richard West of Tyler; daughters, Kay L. West, Tyler, Gail Cooper and husband Ronnie, Flint, Lydia K. West, Tyler, Lisa Jones and husband James, Chandler, and Sharon Lee Barrett, Tyler; grandchildren, Damon, Cindi and Cameron Baldwin, Angelia Vineyard, Seth and Jacob Collier and Sara Barrett; nine great-grandchildren; and close living favorite cousins, Margarite Crain, Quincy Crawford, Virginia Demers and Mary Holubec.

Pallbearers are Glen Vest, Gary Eikner, Vernis Stanaland, Ray Todd, Seth Collier and Damon Baldwin. Honorary pallbearers are Dick Burgett and Darrel Simmonds.

Visitation will be at 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made in her memory to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701; or N.E. Texas , 211 Winchester, Tyler, 75701.

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Mar. 6, 2011
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