Lalla McQueen Stevens West passed away on February 1, 2020 in Cleveland, GA at age 98.
Mrs. West was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Grady James West; her son Grady James West, Jr. and grandson, Jason West; her parents, Lalla McQueen Stevens and McDuffie Stevens; her brothers Senator James P. Stevens and Thomas Stevens, and sister-in-law, Madeleine Stevens.
Mrs. West is survived by daughters Ellen West Sanders and Beverly West Denard; grandchildren Ellen West Gann (Ward), Julie Corinne Carr and Elizabeth Carr Schaefer (Paul); Corinne West Mikhail (Ray), James Calvin West (Meagen), and Steven Denard; great grandchildren Corinne Gann, Lillian Gann, Everett Schaefer, Carter Mikhail, Silas, Thea and Calvin West; and first cousins Carolyn Thomas Platt (Nolle) and Robert B. McQueen (Louise).
Mrs. West studied nursing at McLeod Infirmary in Florence, S. C. before World War II and retired from the State of South Carolina Employment Security Commission. She was a member of Loris, S. C. Methodist Church, an inactive member of the Order of Eastern Star, a pianist at numerous Methodist churches over the years (as one cousin said, “Lalla could tear up a piano.”), an avid bridge player, a world-wide traveler until her late 70’s, and enjoyed fishing with her brothers, husband and son in the Lowcountry rivers of her birth. It was said by some that she was the best fisherman among them!
The family wishes to express appreciation to the nursing and support staff at Gateway Rehabilitation, Cleveland, GA for their loving care of her. Gateway had become her home and community for 9 years.
A private celebration of her life will be held on February 29 in Cleveland, GA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Horry County Historical Society, Conway, S. C.
Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland.