Daisy B. West
Daisy Belle West passed away after a brief illness at Family Health West in Fruita on Friday, Dec. 17.She was born in Durango on April 24,1922, to loving parents Charles and Daisy Belle Whittier. Her father worked for the Rio Grande Railroad both in Durango and Grand Junction. They lived for a time in Riverside with many families that worked on the railroad. The Depression made lots of changes, jobs were lost and they had to move to Ely, Nev., where her father found work at the large copper mine and she worked in a jewelry store. She learned to roller skate and won awards. Daisy met and fell in love with Robert West Sr.; they eloped and married in Las Vegas on Oct. 25, 1942, and then spent their first married years in California where daughter, Carole was born. After several years of moving between California, Kansas and Colorado they settled in Montrose where son, Robert Jr. was born. Husband Bob learned the dry cleaning trade and they moved on from Montrose to open and operate West’s Cleaners in Glenwood Springs for almost 31 years. Daisy was the seamstress. She was very good and proud of her work. She was also a member of the Glenwood Springs Eagles organization where she made many friends.After West’s Cleaners was sold, Bob and Daisy decided to move to Grand Junction. She loved sewing, traveling, her home, and spending time with relatives and friends. Daisy was a wife, mother, friend and companion. She will be missed for her loving spirit and giving heart by all who knew her. Mrs. West was preceded in death by her husband, Robert West, Sr.; brother, John Whittier and sister, Harriet Whittier DeSpain. She is survived by her daughter, Carole Slonaker of Palisade, and son Robert West, Jr. of Grand Junction. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Robert Slonaker (wife Tameko) of Jackson, Mich., and Michele Benis (children Dillon and Taylor) of Denver.A memorial service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, at Martin Mortuary, 550 North Ave., Grand Junction. The family requests memorials be made to the Arthritis Foundation, Rocky Mountain Chapter, 2280 S. Albion, Denver, CO 80222-4906.The family wishes to thank Dr. Ludwig and the staff at Family Health West for the care of Daisy West during her illness.
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