Joan was born on Feb. 12, 1934 to Charles Henry “Jock” Edwards and Robina “Ina” Gilfillan in Hitchin, England.
Visitation will be Friday from 5-8 p.m., at Memory Chapel. The funeral will be Saturday at 1 p.m., at St. John’s Episcopal Church with visitation at the church from 11 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Father Jeff Reich and Brother Harold Russell will officiate. Interment will follow at County Line Cemetery on Highway 29 South in Ovett.
Joan was married to James Wyatt West Jr. They had five children, Linda, Roseanne, Richard, Shane and Dawn. She was a dedicated member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, where she was a member of “Daughters of the King.”
Joan was an animal advocate and fostered puppies for Southern Cross Animal Rescue. She also made donations to SCAR and SWARM (Safe and Warm Animal Rescue Mission).
She was preceded in death by her husband James W. West Jr., daughter Roseanne West, sister Patricia Edwards, brother Peter Parker and parents Charles Edwards and Robina Parker.
Joan is survived by her sister Rosemary Proudfoot (Eddie); two daughters, Linda Fontenot and Dawn Russell (Harold); two sons, Richard West and Shane West (Thelma); nine grandchildren, Raina, Lisa Carrie, Charlie, Kristi, Ronald, Robert, Michael and Daniel; and 15 great grandchildren.
A special thank you to: Donnie Dearman and Tish Fisher at Deaconess Home Care, and Leeann Bookout, Melissa Hunt, Vicente Moncivais, Teressa Hayes, Bettye Porter, Gloria Booth and Brother Mike Cochran at Deaconess Hospice: .
Pallbearers will be Robert Smith, Kyler Gotte, Joshua Citizen, Mitchell Gotte, Gary West Jr. and Dakota Gotte. Honorary pallbearers will be Isaiah Smith, Ethan Gotte, Ronald Smith, Jr., Joshua Citizen, Jr., Keegan Gillory and Raymond “Charlie” Fontenot Jr.
Joan’s wishes were for no flowers or plants, but rather donations in her name and memory to any of the following: SWARM, 7 Purvis Road No. 3, Ellisville, MS 39437; SCAR,
12 Highway 184 East, Laurel, MS 39443; or Animal Rescue League, 2511 Moose Drive, Laurel, MS 39440
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