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Ruth Ann West

June 3, 1942 ~ July 20, 2020 (age 78)


Ruth Ann West, 78 of Goose Creek, South Carolina, formerly of Enterprise, WV passed away on Monday, July 20, 2020 at her residence with family by her side.  She was born June 3, 1942 in Enterprise, WV, daughter of the late Forrest “Frosty” Orin Thorne and Eathel Areta Harris Thorne.

Ruth was a member St. James Methodist Church of Goose Creek, a former member of Enterprise United Methodist Church, a member of the Rebekah Lodge #47 of Shinnston and The Red Hat Society of Goose Creek. Ruth enjoyed helping other people in many ways; she loved children, enjoyed babysitting, arranging flowers and making crafts. Ruth worked at the Bank of Shinnston as a switch board operator and teller. The legacy of her life was her unconditional love for all people, her ability to create laughter with her story telling and her unwavering faith in the Lord.

Ruth is preceded in death by her parents, two sisters Sharon Marlene Heflin; husband Bill Heflin, Rita Jean Johnson; husband Rev. James “Whitey” Johnson and one grandson Alex Michael Melkus.

Ruth is survived by two daughters Terry  Melkus husband Michael of Goose Creek, SC, Melissa Dawn West of Goose Creek, SC, one grandson Caleb Michael Melkus, one special son David Wray wife Kim of Lumberport their children Dr. David Lewis Wray and Mathew Wray, one brother Richard L. Davis of Virginia Beach, Va, and several nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends at Dorsey Funeral Home, 701 South Pike Street, Shinnston, WV Sunday, July 26, 2020 from 2-8 PM. Shinnston Rebekah Lodge #47 will conduct a Rebekah service at 7 PM.

Funeral service will be at Dorsey Funeral Home 701 South Pike Street, Shinnston, WV Monday July, 27, 2020 at 11 AM with Pastor Robert Shingleton officiating.  Interment will follow at I.O.O.F. Enterprise Cemetery. 

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July 26, 2020

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Dorsey Funeral Home
701 South Pike St.
Shinnston, WV 26431

Funeral Service
July 27, 2020

11:00 AM
Dorsey Funeral Home
701 South Pike St.
Shinnston, WV 26431

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