Luella Mary “Lou” West
May 31, 1934 – September 1, 2017
Luella Mary West, age 83, of Newark, DE, passed away on Friday, September 1, 2017 after a brief illness. Luella, affectionately known as “Lou,” was born on May 31, 1934, to Arthur W. and Alice Freda (Miller) Keiner, in Mountaintop, PA.
She graduated from Fairview High School in 1952, a class of 17 students. Lou went on to become a bank teller before marrying Frederick G. West, Jr., the love of her life and, together, had three children, Frederick G. III, MaryLou, and Barbara. She was a fiercely devoted mother and grandmother, never missing a special event (especially cheering on her kids at Glasgow High School), and is quoted as saying she had “the best children and grandchildren” with whom she was so incredibly proud. Lou’s large circle of friends is evidence of her commitment to those who were so important to her – she made friends for life. She was a charter member of the Newark Charitable and Social Club, and enjoyed the events and friendships made at the Newark Senior Center. A proud cancer survivor, Lou enjoyed taking cruises with family and friends, trying her luck at the casino, playing weekly Mah Jongg, reading (sometimes three books at a time), going out to lunch, and shopping. We envision Lou and Fred spending what would have been their 55th wedding anniversary on September 15th, dancing together in Heaven.
Lou was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick G. West, Jr.; daughter, Carol Gilbert; and sister, Shirley Gouse. She is survived by her children, Frederick G. West III (Donna), MaryLou Nye (Joe), Barbara Parag (Don) and Beth Zaborny; and grandchildren, Jackson Nye, Sierra Nye, F. Grant West IV (Rachel), and Margot West.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10:30 am until 12:30 pm on Thursday, September 14, 2017, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE, where a service will begin at 12:30 pm. Burial will follow in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Newark Senior Center, 200 Whitechapel Dr., Newark, DE 19713.