Juanita Lynn West, 67, Kirklin, passed away Tuesday afternoon, June 4, 2019 surrounded by her loving family at St. Vincent 86th Street Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was born in Lebanon, Ind. on Nov. 9, 1951 and was a 1970 graduate of Sheridan High School. She later earned her associate degree from Indiana Business College.

On Sept. 10, 1971, she married the love of her life, Phillip Ragan West. Mr. West survives.

Her first job after getting married was with the Indiana State Board of Health. She stayed with them for a few years, but she never liked how much time it took away from her family. When the time was right, she left that job and dedicated her time to raising her family. As far as Mrs. West was concerned, it was the best career move she could ever make. She took advantage of every moment she was able to spend with her growing family. She cleaned houses for many of the farm families around their area to earn a little extra spending money. When she felt the kids were old enough, she went to work for Indiana Farmer's Insurance and retired from the company after many years as their Jack of all trades.

Taking care of people was second nature to Mrs. West. In addition to raising her family, she was constantly checking in on her neighbors, not to mention feeding almost every bird that came near her property. It didn't stop with the birds either – she was in charge of feeding the whole family. She seemed to be able to do it all; from cooking, to baking (especially her famous butterhorns), to kicking everyone else off the grill and appointing herself the family grill master. Taking care of everyone didn't stop at home, she was blessed to be able to spend 12 years as a teacher's aide at Clinton Central Elementary School

Mrs. West had a knack for sewing, especially on her old black Singer machine. She also enjoyed working outdoors in her garden and reading whenever she had the chance. She was a dedicated IU basketball and Indianapolis Colts fan, even during the lean years. She was also a faithful listener to the American Family radio program, not to mention being a Fox News super fan. If you could be awarded that title, she would have been the person to beat.

Other than her husband, survivors include her mother, Betty Jane (Mossburg) Egler; her son, Brant Ragan (Paige) West of Lebanon; two daughters, Michelle Lynn (Brett) Ramsey of Reynolds, Ind. and Mindi Lee (Travis) Cheek of Frankfort; 11 grandchildren, Braedon Ramsey, Broderick Ramsey, Arianna Ramsey, Kyleigh Bolinger, Hayley Bolinger, Brayden Bolinger, Trace Cheek, Raigan Cheek, Kynlee Cheek, Trenton Cheek and Lauren West; and by her brother, Gerald "Butch" Kirby of Ekin.

She was preceded in death by her father; a brother, Ronald Kirby of Ekin; and by her granddaughter, Morgan West.

Services are scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th St. in Sheridan. Family and friends may pay their respects from 4 p.m. until the time of service. The Rev. James Thurston will be officiating. Mrs. West will be laid to rest at a later date at Crown View Cemetery in Sheridan.