Madge Marie West, 91, of Amarillo, TX died January 19, 2020.
Madge Marie Gebhart West was born at Gould, Oklahoma, to Cora and Willie Gebhart November 10, 1928. She graduated from Louis Hill High School in the Gould school district in 1947 and later took courses at Frank Phillips College in Borger, Texas. She married Claudie West in 1947, moving to Borger in 1954. In 1994, they moved to Amarillo. Claudie and Madge had two children, Phillip, born in 1951, and Beth, in 1957.
Their life in Borger revolved around Claudie’s car sales business and building homes as an independent contractor. Madge was a homemaker and Claudie’s bookkeeper, title clerk, file clerk, and house plan coordinator. In her spare time, she was active in a Child Guidance Group, where she worked as president for 4 years. Her full club life included serving as president of the Adelante Federated Women’s Club and Borger Federated Music Club. Music was one of her joys: she was in the Music Club Chorus and sang with the Frank Phillips College Chorus. While in the latter, she had the opportunity to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City, one of the high points of her life. She appeared in numerous local performances throughout the years, many happening during her 17 years with the Barbershop Belles. She also sang with her church Praise Team for several years. Besides club work, she was a Cub Scout den leader, a Brownie Girl Scout leader, and was active in three bridge clubs. In 1976, the Borger News-Herald praised her hospitality; those friends and family who visited the West’s home fully agree —Madge made you feel at home!
Madge was a life-long member of the Church of Christ and a Sunday School teacher. She and Claudie were charter members of the Church of Christ at The Colonies, Amarillo, when it was begun in 2002. Along with family, her church was one of the most important parts of her life.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Beth and James (Ran) Pennington of Amarillo, TX, five grandchildren, Nikki West Roberson and husband, Ty, of Amarillo and David West, Janice Pennington of Amarillo, and Brad and Matthew West of New Braunfels, Texas; five great-grandchildren, Colby Hart, Hailey and Rhett Roberson and Lucas and Lily West; a sister, Billie Preston of Pasadena, Texas, and numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 69 years, Claudie West, in 2016; her son, Phillip West, in November of 2019; also, her parents, Cora and Willie Gebhart, 2 brothers and 5 sisters.
Burial will be at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, January 23, 2020, at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Borger, Texas. Funeral services will be at 1:00 P.M., Thursday, January 23, 2020, at The Church of Christ at The Colonies, with Dick Marcear officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd, Amarillo, TX.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 22, 2020 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home.
If desired, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.