Graveside service and inurnment for Mary Elizabeth (Bowers) West was May 24, 2019 in the Steelville Cemetery. Rev. Jerry Beers officiated and also played and sang "I'll Fly Away.”

Mrs. West was born November 5, 1932 at Howes Mill to Otis and Lucy Wyman Bowers. She married Willard West. They were the parents of four children. Mrs. West died May 19, 2019 in Sullivan at the age of 86 years.

Survivors include children, Steve and wife, Jeannie, Steelville; Jenni and husband, Greg, Springfield; Jim and wife, Mary, Steelville; and Bob and wife, Loretta, Cook Station; sister, Dormalie Lea, Steelville; sister-in-law, Imogene Bowers, Cuba; nine grandchildren, Drew, Jason, Susan, Candice, Wyatt, Josh, Kevin, Brian and Jason; fourteen great-grandchildren; and a host of extended family and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents; brother, Irvine Bowers; brother-in-law, Bill Lea; and granddaughter, Lacy.

Mrs. West taught in a one-room school house. She later was a bookkeeper and a deputy sheriff in Crawford County.

Arrangements were under the direction of Britton-Bennett Funeral Home, Steelville.