Mary Louise West, 90 of Elgin, died August 1, 2013.  The daughter of Eugene and Viola (Newsome) Wheeler, she was born February 27, 1923.

She was a life-long resident of Elgin, and proud to be one of Elgin’s first African families.  Mary graduated from Elgin High School in 1941.   She worked 35 years at EMHC and served as a Medical Secretary.  She was also a longtime member of the ladies auxiliary of the Elgin VFW.   She was also a member of the Mary Wheeler Chapter of the American War Mothers.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents; one son, Alan West; one sister, Evelyn Ezell. She is survived by her loving husband,  L.C. West, 2 sons., Lewis (Cheryl) and Kendall West, of Elgin; one step-daughter Carol Price, of Berrien Springs, MI, Three grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Nioma Howard of Elgin, and Wanda Austin of Oceanside, CA. A host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

A memorial service will be held Friday, August 9, 2013 from 10:00 a.m., until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. at the St. James AME Church 1100 Summit St., Elgin, with Rev. Richard Jordan, officiating.

Burial will be private.

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