Ruth West

On February 11, 1935, Otho and Edna Meggerson were blessed with the birth of a beautiful daughter and named her Ruth. She was born in McNab, Arkansas. She had an extraordinarily strong work ethic; she shared a story about her and her late brother Leroy Meggerson and how there were times  when neither of them wanted to work in the cotton field. She went on to say – as a matter of fact, he would always get physically sick when it came time to go. Even though the other sisters thought he was faking, she knew he wasn’t because she felt the same sickness too. She said working in her father’s cotton field was no play, but we never would go astray.

For a period, she worked at Tyson Foods until she was no longer physically able to do so. She had a passion for caretaking –  completing her Nurses’ Aides training in 1975 and going on to become a Certified Home Health aide in 1990.

Most importantly Ruth heard the gospel of holiness teaching, accepted Christ and was filled with the precious gift of the Holy Ghost and that with a mighty burning fire at an early age.  She became a member of the Holy Ghost Temple Church of God in Christ in McNab, Arkansas, where she served as the church secretary for many years.

She would later attend Potter’s House Church of God in Christ where her son, David, Pastored, until her departure. She loved doing the work of the Lord and whatever her hands found to do, she did it wholeheartedly. She was well respected in the church community, including Hope District and was even recognized by the Arkansas Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction State Women’s Department Ministries for her faithful and dedicated service. Ruth never met a stranger – she was like a “Missionary” without a license. She was a counselor, encourager, and an inspiration to the young and old alike – a many were impacted by the life she lived; she prayed for and was a “mother” to many in Arkansas and beyond. She supported and loved her family unconditionally and enjoyed spending time with them. Ruth was generous with her time and resources. She was a seamstress (and a classy and regal dresser in her own right); she enjoyed traveling, making ceramics, selling Avon and Tupperware products, serving in the community (including politics), and telling of the goodness of the Lord; and oh how she enjoyed cooking! – not just for the family, but for those who lived near her; she also was one of the top cooks at Hope Memorial Hospital – known for those so delicious yeast rolls. Her passion for cooking led her to becoming an entrepreneur – selling soul food along with delicious cinnamon rolls, cakes and pies as dessert at places like Tyson Foods, Beard Poulin, and the Generator plant to name a few – she was the originator of “meals on wheels”; she was indeed a virtuous woman.

Ruth was married to Alexander West, Jr. (deceased), on October 25, 1952 and to this union, six children were born. She is preceded in death by her parents and two sisters: China Cooper, Artis Lee Meggerson; one brother Leroy Meggerson; one son Alvin West.

Ruth West leaves to cherish her memories a daughter, Dorothy Porter (George); sons, Larry West (Onie Ray) of Little Rock, Arkansas, David West (Linda) of Hope, Arkansas, Eugene West (Yolanda) of Indianapolis, Indiana, Mark West (Nikki) of Little Rock, Arkansas; sisters Minnie Howard, Charlene Nettles, Josie Jackson, and Ceola Morgan; a host of nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great- grandchildren.

Mother Ruth West departed this life and received her crown on the morning of June 7, 2020.

Visitation will be 11am-5pm, family hour 5-6pm Tuesday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 11am Wednesday, June 17 at Holy Ghost Temple COGIC in McNab. Burial will be at Harmony Cemetery in Saratoga.  Arrangements entrusted to Hicks Funeral Home, Inc. 

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