The Times West Virginian

Obituaries

March 29, 2014

Patricia West

Patricia Ann West passed away on Thursday (March 27, 2014) at Fairmont General Hospital after a courageous three-year battle against cancer.

She was a Fairmont native, born Dec. 25, 1938, in Norway, to Earl Edwin Merrifield and Mildred Mae Salter Merrifield. After graduation from Fairmont Senior High School, she married the late Charles Calvin West of Kingmont on Dec. 15, 1957.

Patty was fiercely independent, and supported herself and her children by working a variety of jobs in West Virginia, Texas and North Carolina. She was a firm believer in giving back to the community, volunteering for toy and clothing drives, Meals on Wheels, and offering a helping hand wherever needed.

After retirement from Sara Lee Corp., she returned to the beloved hills of her hometown and became active with TOPS of Burton.

Patty is survived by her children, Belinda West of Davidson, N.C., Tracy West Zuber of Forney, Texas, and Greg West of Fuquay-Varina, N.C.; and her niece, Kerri Merrifield Nayper of Core, who was like a third daughter to her. She is also survived by four grandchildren whom she loved very much, Zane, Zoe, Seth and Aiden; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Dottie and Bill Sanson and Nancy and Joe Naternicola; sister-in-law, Betty Ashby Merrifield; and many nephews and nieces, Joe Naternicola, Steve Naternicola, William Z. Merrifield Jr., Billy Sanson, Beverly Sanson Akers, Brenda Sanson Hovatter, Lynn Merrifield Russell and John Merrifield; as well as many great-nieces and -nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin; her parents; her brother, William Z. Merrifield; her youngest sister, Karen Sue Merrifield; and her nephew, Jeffrey “Bud” Merrifield.

The family requests memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 122 S. High St., Morgantown, WV 26501.

The family will receive friends at Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont, on Sunday from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Monday from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. A memorial service will be held in the funeral home Monday at 11 a.m. with Reverend Thornton Merrifield officiating. A private committal service will be held for the family at a later time.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.fordfuneralhomes.com.

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