Mary “Frances” West, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006.

She was born near Seminole on March 8, 1921.

Frances was a proud Oklahoman who embodied what author John W. Gardner said best, “Some people strengthen the society just by being the kind of people they are.” Frances was this kind of person and touched the lives of many people in Oklahoma.

Her beloved husband of 64 years, Dail, preceded her in death, May 28, 2005.

She is survived by a son, Gary D. West and his wife Diane of Kirkland, Wash.; a daughter, Carolyn Lappin and her husband Bob; two granddaughters, Kristine Lappin and Shelley Lappin of Wichita, Kan.; a grandson, John C. West and his wife Jami, a great- granddaughter, Georgia West, and a great-grandson, Canon West, of Oklahoma City; a grandson, Corbin H. West and his wife Sarah, and great-grandson Jack West of Denver, Colo..

After graduating from Central High School, she attended Oklahoma City University graduating in 1942 with a degree in journalism. As a senior at OCU she received the Mary E. Harris Leadership Award and the Cardinal Key Award for most respected senior woman. As editor of the OCU newspaper, she once interviewed Eleanor Roosevelt during a speaking engagement in Oklahoma City.

Frances was a longtime member of P.E.O., Letters & Arts and the First United Methodist Church of Miami.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to Frances's wonderful caregivers, Tammy Jackson, Tabitha Fulwood, Musili Oseni and the loving staff of Mercy Hospice.

In Frances's memory, donations may be made to Oklahoma City University and World Neighbors, a global non-profit organization helping communities solve problems of hunger, poverty and disease. Oklahoma City University is located at 2501 N. Blackwelder, Oklahoma City, OK 73106, and World Neighbors is located at 4127 NW 122nd Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73120.

The family held a private memorial service reflecting on the wonderful life of Frances.

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