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Geraldine “Gerry” Joyner West, a retired teacher, died March 29, 2015, at the age of 89 in Durham, North Carolina in the care of Spring Arbor and of Duke Home Care and Hospice. She had been a resident of Williamsburg from 1981 to 2014.
A native of Isle of Wight County, Mrs. West was the daughter of Paul and Martha Joyner. She was a 1943 graduate of Windsor High School, and a 1947 graduate of Longwood Teachers’ College, with a degree in business. She taught at Cape Fear Technical Institute, Wilmington and in the public schools of New Hanover and Harnett Counties before retiring in 1981 to Williamsburg.
She was a member of Walnut Hills Baptist Church, Williamsburg and previously of Tucker Swamp Baptist Church, Zuni. In Williamsburg, she was an active member of the Area Council of Garden Clubs, Holly Hills Garden Club, Heritage Republican Women and a volunteer with the Hospice Guild.
She was the widow of E. M. West Jr., professor emeritus in the Department of Business Administration at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington who died in 1990. Mr. West served in the 97th Infantry Division during WWII.
Survivors include her daughter, Donna P. Life and husband, Allan, of Chapel Hill; her son, David M. West and wife, Diane, of Richmond; two grandsons, Justin R. Life, of Boston and George A. Life and wife, Christina Vega-Westhoff, of Buffalo, New York; a sister, Mrs. Rachel Taylor, of Jacksonville, North Carolina; two nieces, Lynn McRacken, of Jacksonville, North Carolina and Susan O’Connell, of Virginia Beach; and three nephews, Michael P. Taylor, of Richmond and Ronald M. West and Donald T. West, both of Zuni.
A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015, at Williamsburg Memorial Park, 130 King William Drive, Williamsburg.
Memorial donations may be made to Duke Home Care & Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham NC, 27704 or to a charity of choice.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Nelsen Funeral Home.
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