Mattie Bell West

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

        Mrs. Mattie Bell West of Amelia, Virginia, daughter of the late Mr. John W. Bell, Sr., and Mrs. Jessie W. Bell, passed from this life into a new dimension July 26, 1983 at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital. She joined the Mt. Zion Baptist Church at an early age and taught in the Sunday School Department for many years. she was active in many activities of the church, a devoted and unselfish member. Mattie was truly a daughter of the soil, she spent her life in a timeless frame of reference performing important functions; living as one with nature, devoted to family, community and friends.

        Mrs. West received her Elementary and High School Education in Powhatan County, Virginia. She received her B. S. Degree in Education from St. Paul's College in Lawrenceville, Virginia. She taught in the Public School and retired after 33 years of service.

        She was a member of the local Teachers Association, the Virginia Education Association, the National Education Association and the N.A.A.C.P.

        She leaves to cherish her memories, her husband Mr. John R. West, Jr., one son Orestes West, one daughter, Vanessa West, a devoted friend, Wadell Washington, one daughter-in-law, Gwendolyn West, four sisters, Eugertha Hobson, Viola Venable, Celestine Hairston and Juanita Bell, two brothers, John Bell Jr., and Alonzo Bell, a stepmother, Mrs,. Jennie Bell, three stepsisters, Mable Walton, Ophelia Watkins and Drusilla Davis, two aunts; Mrs. Josephine Bell and Mrs. Estelle W. Woods, five brothers-in-law; Littleton West, Franklin West Sr., Walter West Sr., John Hairston and James Venable; five sisters-in-law, Lillie Bell, Delia West, Eleanor West, Demple West and Evelyn Bell, 30 nieces and nephews, 30 great nieces and nephews and a host of relatives and friends.

It is sad to part with those we love,
while here on earth we stay,
but then a bright thought comes through,
we will meet again some day.

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