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Barbara Jean West

05/16/1933 - 08/29/2020
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints- Mesa North Stake Center,933 E. Brown Road
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery


Barbara Jean Ellsworth West, 87, passed away in the early morning hours of August 29, 2020 in Mesa, Arizona.  Born on May 16, 1933 in Holbrook, Arizona to LeRoy and Velma Thompson Ellsworth, Barbara spent all of her young life in her beloved mountain home of Show Low, Arizona.  She loved her childhood and teen years and had wonderful memories of many happy experiences within a close circle of family and friends.   Growing up as the only girl in a home with three brothers, she was loved and adored by all.  Early in her life she started piano lessons which began a lifetime love affair with music.  She received numerous awards for musical performance while attending Snowflake high school and merited a scholarship to Arizona State University.  It was at Arizona State that Barbara Jean met Lavar H. West who had recently returned from a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  They married on November 26, 1952.  After stops in Thatcher Arizona and Lordsburg New Mexico, Barbara and Lavar settled in El Paso Texas where they raised their family.

In El Paso, Barbara continued to develop her considerable musical talents as she became even more proficient in the piano and organ.  Throughout her life she shared her beautiful singing voice and her skills as an accompanist with many.    A devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she served in many callings and developed many lasting friendships.  Barbara and Lavar moved to Mesa Arizona in 1982 where they frequently welcomed children and grandchildren to their loving home, widened their circle of friends and continued their lives of service.  Barbara loved to learn and spent her life reading, taking college courses, and attending workshops and seminars.   A devoted spouse, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, she was an example of love, service and dedication.  She was preceded in death by her beloved Lavar, her parents LeRoy and Velma Ellsworth, brothers Edward, Arnold and Corwin Ellsworth and a brother (Elwin) and sister (Susie Nadine) who both died in infancy.  She is survived by her four children Stephen (Julie), Sharon Bluth (Rod), Kevin (Ronda) and Brenda Longshore(Alan), 22 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.  Viewing on Saturday morning, September 5, 2020 at 10 a.m. with services to follow at 11:00 a.m. at the Mesa North Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 933 E. Brown Road in Mesa, Arizona.

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  • John and Mila Linton

    We were so sad to heard of the passing of your dear mother, Steve, Julie and family. It is times like these we rejoice in the Lord’s plan of salvation while we mourn her leaving. All our love!
    John, MILA & family

  • Your sweet mother was a great example of kindness and patience as she taught me to play the piano. The Cardon Family sends our love to your family and appreciation for the blessing your parents have been in our lives.

  • John and Cindia Adams

    Even though we have not seen Barbara Jean since she moved from El Paso, we will never for forget her or her family. They lived just down the street from us, and we saw each other often. Barbara Jean sang Blue Hawaii at our wedding reception and Sharon accompanied her. I can still hear her lovely voice. We actually shared the same date, Nov. 26th, as our wedding day. I know there is much rejoicing in heaven and seeing relatives that were waiting for her. May the Lord bless the ones who remain here, until we all meet again.

  • Barbara was my piano teacher in El Paso, Texas for many years. She was always kind to me and I appreciate her very much.
    David Cardon

  • We are so sorry for your loss. We love you and pray the comforter will bless and sustain you.

  • Aunt Barara Jean will forever be a loved name. She personified Christ like attributes. We remember well being loved by her!

  • Oh how we loved our Aunt Barbara Jean. She always asked me to take out her curlers when we would visit. She wanted to be ready. We are grateful she endured to the end.

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