Mary passed Sunday in Lake Stockton Health Care
Graveside services Saturday Feb 17th at 2:00 PM
Lindley Prairie Cemetery
Visitation Saturday 1 to 2 PM in the funeral home
Mary Margaret Knight West of Fair Play, Missouri, passed away peacefully at the age of 86 on February 11, 2024. She was born in Aurora, Missouri, November 8, 1937, and was the daughter of Lola “Frances” Knight and Francis “Lee” Knight. Survivors include her husband of 14 years, George Clark, Fair Play; her brother John Thomas “Tom” Knight, Verona; her daughter Becky West Borthwick (Glenn), Springfield; her grandsons Joseph Dias, Springfield and Justin Dias, Los Angeles, California; step-daughter Joyce Huckaby (Kelly), Conway; niece Tammy McCoy (Gary), Miller and nephews Mike Knight (Holly) Goose Creek, South Carolina and Max White, Springfield. She was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Ronnie West.
She graduated from Marionville High School in 1955. After graduation she proudly worked for Royal McBee Typewriter Company and Brown Shoe Company. She loved telling stories about the cars she owned in the 50s and 60s. She married Ronnie West in 1961. They owned and operated a farm and West’s Upholstery Shop outside of Fair Play, Missouri, for many years. She was well-known in the community for being a business owner and a talented seamstress. During those years she loved going to the dog races with Bruce and JoAnn Hopkins and Everett and Lorene Griffin and attending many masonic events. In the 1980s Ronnie and Mary built a new building on Highway 32 in Fair Play, Missouri, which housed the upholstery shop. In 1990, they built and operated a convenience store in Fair Play, Missouri, that is now known as Hannah’s General Store. Mary also periodically worked for Hagale Industries in Stockton, Missouri, and when Hagale’s closed she entered a retraining program offered by the State of Missouri. At 62 years old she proudly obtained her CDL and she absolutely loved driving the big trucks!! When she stopped driving, she worked at Wal-Mart in Bolivar where she enjoyed visiting with people before retiring. She met George Clark in 2003 and they were married in 2010. She always liked to country dance, fish, sew, make quilts, and in her later years she loved to garden, fish, and dance with George. She especially loved spending time with her grandsons and was very active in their lives when they were young.
Visitation will be held February 17, 2024 at the Bland-Brumback Funeral Home in Stockton, Missouri from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm with graveside services following at Lindley Prairie Cemetery in Bearcreek, Missouri.
Her family would like to thank the caring staff and administration at Lake Stockton Healthcare Center where she resided the last two years. She was surrounded by friends there, received great care, and enjoyed many fun activities. Mary will be fondly remembered and missed by her family and friends.