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Published in the Stillwater Daily Newspress

Beda Doree West

Former Cushing resident Beda Doree West, 96, of Denison, Texas, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, in Denison. Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Memorial Chapel of the Davis Funeral Home in Cushing, Rev. Kevin Clouse, First Church of God, officiating. Burial will follow in the Flynn Cemetery under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.

She was born near Norman Sept. 17, 1905, to Louis P. and Eva J. Simpson. Her parents later moved to Cordell where she was reared and educated. She graduated from Cordell High School in 1925. West later moved to Oklahoma City where she was employed for several years in various capacities at a large merchandising department store.

On Sept. 17, 1953, she married Roy Dell West in Oklahoma City. They met when they were doing volunteer work at the hospitals and other community services for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. After they were married, she became active in the ladies auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. She was elected national historian for the years 1960-61. The couple continued to live in Oklahoma City until 1976 when they moved to their home on Lake Texoma near Pottsboro, Texas. After he died April 1, 1994, West lived at their home for about a year before moving to Wesley Village, a planned retirement community for senior adults.

She was a member of the First Church of God in Cushing, Eastern Star Chapter 157 of Cushing and had been a member of AARP group for more than 25 years. West was a charter member of the business and professional Women-E2-80-99s Club of Cordell, member of the Rebekah Lodge for more than 60 years, life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home in Eastern Rapids, Mich., for children of veterans who served overseas during the wars and a member of the 1857 Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary of Oklahoma City for more than 50 years.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by one sister, Vera Morgan; one brother, Dexter Simpson and one nephew, Cecil Simpson.

Survivors include one step-daughter, DeDe West of Los Angeles, Calif.; five nephews, Fred Morgan of Pottsboro, Benny Morgan of Norman, Jim Morgan of Choctaw, Bill Morgan of Longview, Texas and Bob Morgan of Dallas, Texas; four nieces, Doris Morgan Palmer of Pittsburg, Calif., Vera Mae Morgan Mays of Oklahoma City, Joy Simpson Lough of Austin, Texas and Patricia Simpson Ward of Denison.


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