Frances ‘Jean’ Sumner West, 80, of Monticello and temporarily Grapevine, went to be with her Lord on July 10, 2018 at Baptist Health in Little Rock.

She was born on April 13, 1938 in Warren to the late William and Fanny Sumner. She was a 1956 graduate of Monticello High School and devoted wife to Billy George West, her childhood sweetheart whom she married on June 24, 1956 at the First Baptist Church in Monticello.

The Wests served together in many congregations within Arkansas and Louisiana over the 60-plus years where he preached. Proverbs 31 fully describes the servanthood of the Lord that she lived daily in many capacities using her numerous skills of cooking, sewing, nurturing and gardening.

Mrs. West was a homemaker and teaching mother above all of her duties. She helped her family outside the home working in different capacities. She served in missionary work to Zimbabwe, helping to build mission church at Redfield, a day camp and Siloam Springs Baptist Camp.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Pulford Sumner, Jr., Cynthia Fannie Wherry Sumner Wheeler and Clifton A. Wheeler. In December 2017, her granddaughter, Melissa Ann West Ray preceded her by gaining an early heavenly reward.

Survivors include her husband, Billy George West of Monticello (Grapevine); their son, Billy Gene (Pam) West of Sunnyvale, Texas; their two daughters, LaWanda (Joe) Mounts of Ozark, Lillian (Jeff) Thompson of Grapevine, and their foster daughter, Ruby Ayers of Bodcaw.

She was lovingly called ‘Mamaw’ and ‘Mammie’ by her 19 grandchildren, Penny Brown, Michelle Clendenen, John Northcutt, Adam (Julie) West, Brooke West (Tyler) Butler, Justin (Regina) Thompson, Joseph (Lizzie) Moring, Tim (Lydia) Mounts, Jason (Hope) Thompson, Jonathan (Shy) Mounts, Lauren West (Jonathan) Stubbs, Matt (Sky), Natalie, Sarah, Faith, Eden, Angelica and Bethany Mounts; 20 great-grandchildren, Blake, Alex, Colby, Katie, Jacob, Bella, Drew, Levi, Alexandria, Maddie Joy, Gideon, Dakota, Annabelle, Kenleigh, Emma, Rugbie, Hunter-Beth, Arrow, Raydon and Titus; two great-great-grandchildren; a half- sister, Ida ‘Red’ Sumner of Mill Valley, Californai, and numerous friends and cousins.

The family will have a graveside service at Oakland Cemetery in Monticello. Friends and family are invited to a celebration of life service at First Baptist Church Monticello on July 16 at 2 p.m. led by Bro. Dennis Dodson and her family. Her grandchildren will serve as pallbearers and song leaders.

 

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