RAINBOW - Dora Dawn Barclay West, known as "Doty” to friends and family, passed from this life to a better place early Wednesday morning, Dec. 5, 2012.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a friend to many. Her husband and best friend of more than 60 years, Billy Leon West, left us in July 2008.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Squaw Creek Cemetery in Rainbow. Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday at Wiley Funeral Home.
Doty was a lifelong resident of Somervell County, born Sept. 15, 1928, in Rainbow, in the Long Valley on the banks of her beloved Brazos River.
She was the last of eight daughters and the last surviving, ninth and youngest child of Hollis and Clarence Barclay, who grew up on the family farm during the Great Depression and WWII.
She attended the one-room Rainbow school as a child and finished at Glen Rose High in 1946. Doty and Leon married on June 12, 1948. They raised three sons, Rick, Bobby and Brad.
Leon and Doty made their home for more than 40 years on the Brazos River near U.S. Highway 67, where they kept a small farm, pecan orchard and good garden. Doty was well known as a great cook - no one ever left her table hungry.
She was proud of her sons and had no greater joy than her grandkids. She was lucky to enjoy her great-grandchildren for several years as well.
Doty was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church and enjoyed volunteering at the church’s thrift store. Whenever someone was sick or there was a death in a family, you could count on her to bring food and lend a hand. She led a good life, always selfless, caring for others with much love and laughter.
She is survived by her son Rick and wife, Ruth; granddaughter, Suzanne and her husband, Tom Boatright; great-granddaughters, Rikkianne, Macilynn and Weslyn; grandson Craig and wife, Kacia; and great-grandsons, Braeden, Rylan and Leyton; grandson Ryan Lee and wife, Halley; and great-grandson, Walker; sons Bobby and son Brad and wife, Beverly.
Being from one of the older families of Somervell County, kinfolks are widespread and too numerous to list.