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R. Irene West, 77, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri passed away on Sunday, April 18th after an extended illness.
Irene was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was loved so much by her family and she loved them even more. It would be wrong to say that Irene lost her battle because she never stopped fighting. No matter how sick she was, she was always determined to stay strong for her family. When anyone else would have broken, Irene stayed strong. Through her, we know what resilience and perseverance truly look like. There was no quit in Irene and fought until she knew that her family would be okay. Just because she is no longer here, it doesn’t mean she lost her fight.
Irene will forever be the guardian angel to her husband of nearly 55 years, William ‘Bill’ West; her 4 children: Connie, Shannon, Stacy, and Brandie; Her 12 grandchildren: Chelsea, Micah, Whitney, Trey, Tana, Kyle, Jake, Brianna, Brent, Josh, Brad, and Jenna; and 5 great grandchildren: Noah, Olivia, Jaxon, Josiah and Zoey.
Irene could not contain her pride for her beloved family and will be deeply missed. The family privately said their goodbyes and will not be holding a service
Arnie Arndt says
This is Arnie from the hospital. I am so sorry for your loss. I just want to say what a priveledge it was to work with Hazel. Her laughter, joy and wisdom kept me in a good space many a day. Irene was always glad to see me and had a smile for me on my worst days.
She was humbly giving and warm to me. Irene was part of the reason that I went to work every day. I miss her.
Arnie the RT Manager
John Christianson says
I’m one of her adopted sons from LSH. What wonderful years we had there. They are some of my most treasured memories. Arnie called you Hazel, but Jason and I just called Irene “mama”. She always able to brighten the day and bring some joy. It was always great to see mama at work with papa Bill helping her in the early morning hours. It always brought a smile when they would say, “Hi, son!”.
Loss is part of life, and when it hurts, it meant something. She really meant something to me.
Adopted son, John
Jean Harris says
To the West family
We had lost contact with Bill and Irene over the last few years, mainly because we were al so involved with our own families.
Just recently I was a patient at LSMC and asked a housekeeper if Irene still worked there. I was so shocked and saddened to hear Irene had passed. My heart goes out to all of you because I know how much she was loved. How is Bill? Would love to get in touch with one of you