Virginia “Gin” Lee West

by Lynn McMillen
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Virginia “Gin” Lee West, 91, of Florence, passed away September 18, 2023. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Church where she sang in the choir for many years; she was also a member of Knit Wits and Senior Saints.

Virginia grew up in the Central community. After attending Florence State College for two years, she moved to Washington D.C. and worked for the FBI. There she met Stanley D. West and he became the love of her life. They married on Valentine’s Day in 1955 and they were married 52 years. Stanley was in the Air Force and they traveled extensively. They lived in Morocco, Lybia and Italy and then returned to the states and lived in Michigan, Mississippi, and Colorado. When Stanley retired, they moved to Florence, AL.

Virginia was very active and loved many things. She enjoyed bowling, synchronized swimming, water skiing, playing games, especially cards, cross stitching, and she was an excellent cook. She loved and cared for her family as long as she was able.

Visitation will be Monday, September 25, 2023 from 11-1 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Church. The funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. at the church with Pastor Chris Weldon officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Mrs. West was preceded in death by her parents, James Floyd and Mae Louise DeVaney McFall; brothers, James, George, Bill and Bob McFall, and an infant brother; sisters, Catherine McFall, Elizabeth Shores and Sarah Bryant.

She is survived by her sons, Eric Gordon West (Lynn) and Douglas Alan West (Beth); sister, Martha Rhodes; sister-in-law, Bartha McFall; grandchildren, Ty West (Rachel), Lara Ambrose (Mel), Jordan West (Megan), and Emily Hare (Cliff); great grandchildren, Luke and Elliott West, Knox, Noah and Alli Kate Ambrose, and Logan and Jackson Hare.

Pallbearers will be Greg McFall, Mike Poe, Jordan West, Ty West, Steve Rhodes, and Jeff Rhodes.

Special thanks to Amedisys Hospice. Gin was blessed with many wonderful caregivers through the last years of her life and the family would like to thank each of them. A special thanks to her neighbor and dear friend, Kenneth Rhodes, for all of his love and help through the years.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pleasant Hill Church, Florence, AL.

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