Mildred M. West
Thursday 7th of February 1935 - Tuesday 7th of May 2019
Milward - Southland
391 Southland Dr., Lexington, KY
Director Robert C. Hatton
Maeder-Quint Tiberi Funeral Home
1068 S. High St., Columbus, OH
Green Lawn Cemetery
1000 Greenlawn Ave., Columbus, OH
Mildred Manuel West, 84, of Lexington, KY, passed away peacefully, May 7, 2019, in the care of hospice after a short illness.
Born February 7, 1935, in Langley, KY, Mildred was the eldest daughter of the late Fannie Arms Manuel and Manor Manuel. Mildred grew up in a large and loving family with eight brothers and sisters.
Mildred married Jack L. West on September 4, 1963, and together they shared forty-nine years of memories before Jack passed away in 2012.
Mildred was preceded in death by her son, Stephan "Reno" West; her grandson, Michael Allen; her brother, Willard Manuel; and her sisters, Mary Lou Hall and Brenda Tuttle. Also predeceased were brothers-in-law, Charles West, Will Bowling, Tommy Hall, Otis Tuttle; sister-in-law Marcella West; and niece, Darlene West.
Mildred is survived by daughter, Patricia LeMond, of Lexington, KY; four grandchildren, Jon and Marc Blevins, Sarah Tower and Matthew West; one great-grandchild, Brentley Tower; and several brothers and sisters.
Mildred graduated from Ohio State University with an undergraduate degree in education and later a master’s degree in science. Mildred's passion for hard work and teaching was evident - she changed many lives as a teacher and was later a principal in Columbus, OH. When Mildred and Jack retired to Florida, she was a substitute teacher and active member in her local community. “Busy hands are happy hands” was Mildred’s motto. And she loved to play Scrabble.
Mildred and her husband, Jack, also had a passion for travel. They traveled around the world frequently where they enjoyed learning and experiencing the joy of God’s gifts to this world. Yet, with all the wonders of the world, Mildred especially always loved to visit Kentucky’s beautiful natural habitats and Seattle was never far from her memories.
Mildred and Jack were committed blood donors during their lives. A dedicated blood donor, Mildred donated at least 95 pints of blood in her lifetime.
Friends and family may call on Thursday, May 9 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Milward Funeral Home, 391 Southland Drive, Lexington, KY 40503.
Funeral services will be on Friday, May 10, 2019. First, visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Maeder-Quint Tiberi Funeral Home, 1068 South High Street, Columbus, OH 43206. Second, graveside service will occur at approximately 1:30 p.m. at Green Lawn Cemetery, 1000 Greenlawn Avenue, Columbus, OH 43223. Pastor James Manuel officiating.
Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in Mildred's memory.
Sorry for your loss Sarah and Tammy
One of her favorite quotes was "busy hands are happy hands." She lived a life that embodied the spirit of that phrase. She was the eldest daughter of nine children. She would jokingly say "I was the oldest and I got the brunt of everything." That meant her hands were busy helping raise her eight brothers and sisters. Brothers and sisters, who she remained close with her entire life. Those busy hands supported a family. She was the mother of two children, Patricia, my dear mother, and Stephen, or "Reno," as we called him. Those busy hands of hers were put to work to setting a good example for her children. She took a non-traditional path but she earned a bachelor's and master's degree during a time when few women felt welcome in higher education. Those busy hands showed her daughter, and her son, that a woman could do anything she set her mind to do. She loved games and puzzles, particularly those games and puzzles that could keep those busy hands moving. Those busy hands were put to use planting the marigolds in her garden and holding onto the guard rails of the cruise ships she loved to remember. They were the same hands that held her husbands's hand as he passed. In the end, those busy hands built a family. They built memories. They built a life. They built love. Those busy hands sound like happy hands to me.
Mildred Manuel West February 7, 2935 – May 7, 2019 As we prepare to lay you to your eternal rest I want to thank you for giving us all your best. Family values that are rock solid and strong Keep us going when the dark nights are long. You taught compassion, kindness and faith And to always strive forward and present your best face. Perseverance prevails despite the odds and the errs, One foot in front of the other always gets you there. So, as I lay you, sweet Mother, to rest - Shalom God’s golden ladder lifts you to Reno and carries you home. * * * Your loving daughter Pat