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Clara Belle West
Clara Belle was born to Charlie and Narcissus Patterson
on March 26, 1930 in OakRidge, LA. She attended elementary and middle
school there before later moving to Ponca City, where she attended
Attucks School and graduated in 1948. She met her future husband Floyd
during her high school years; they married on December 25, 1953. To this
union they brought one daughter, Florine West Johnson and had two sons,
Floyd Dwain and Delbert Charles.
Mar 26, 1930 - Sep 24, 2010
Posted by: Jo Aguirre
Clara worked for Conoco for almost 25 years retiring in 1985. One never
to be still, Clara always found something to keep her hands busy. She
worked part-time as home
provider, and found her niche sitting and caring
elderly. Most recently, she cared for Elizabeth Petty who was 96 years
of age. Elizabeth and "C" as she was affectionately called became the
best of friends. Each day was a new adventure for them and they had
Although Clara (and Floyd) had three children they opened their hearts
and home to many people and made them a part of their family. Clara had
many adopted children, but she claimed Diane Anderson as her “own”
Clara had a passion for shopping. She loved to go to the mall, browse,
watch the people, and have lunch. Having grown up in a big family with a
garden and fruit trees, Clara loved to preserve fruits and vegetables as
well as make jams and jellies. In her later years she rekindled her
passion for baking. Many people were the recipients of her delectable
cobblers and brownie cakes. Clara loved to have guests over for dinner
and would spend days getting everything ready. She also loved to travel.
More than anything Clara loved the Lord. Her walk with
her Lord and Savior became sweeter with each passing day. Clara was
doing what the Bible instructs, teaching young women. Most recently she
had started helping with the children's Sunday school class. It made her
laugh and gave her joy to be called the Mother of the Church. She loved
her family, and she never tired of talking about her boys, Dwain and
Delbert. It was with much enthusiasm that she talked about her
grandchildren and in recent times, of her great grand children. Clara
never ended her calls with her family and friends without saying "love
you" or most recently with "Love, Love, Love You”.
Clara was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Narcissus
Patterson; four brothers, George, Charles, Billie and Herbert; five
sisters, Bessie, Lucille, Rosie, Urma and Maggie; and her husband of 46
years Floyd N. West.
She leaves a legacy of caring and giving to her daughter, Florine West
Johnson of Ft. Smith, AR, sons, Dwain West of Ponca City and Delbert
West of Oakland, CA; and her adopted daughter, Diane Anderson of Ponca
City. Additionally, left to carry the torch are her grandchildren;
Frances Moffitt, Charletta Hammons and Charisse Johnson, Fort Smith, AR,
Randall, Julian and Dominic West, Oakland, CA, Tee (Travis) Rawles,
Atlanta, GA, Keesha West and Mark Webb II, Ponca City, OK; 17 great
grandchildren; three great great grand children; two brothers, Willie
"Buddy" Patterson, Oakridge, LA and Wilbert "Pop" Patterson, Bastrop,
LA; one sister, Ollie Mae Buffingtion , Ponca City, OK; brother-in-law
R.C. "Slim" West, Fort Smith AR; special cousins Mary "Red" Thomas,
Tulsa, OK and Fred Montgomery, Bastrop, LA; and a host of nieces,
nephews, cousins and friends.
Clara, AKA: Mrs. West, Clara Belle, Momma, Maw-Maw, Grandma and Red
ended her earthly travels and began her heavenly journey on Friday,
September 24, 2010. Casket bearers for the service will be Leonard
Coffee, Leslie Anderson, Ben Young, Lee Cotton, Chris Shores and Robert
The funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 1, 2010 at
Northeast Baptist Church with Pastor, Don Echols of New Life Baptist
Church officiating. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park
Cemetery under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel. In lieu of
flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Attucks Community
Center 1001 S. 12th, Ponca City, Oklahoma 74601.
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