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Minnie Orpha Bowman West, died Friday, July 30, 1994, LDS Hospital (during morning hours), I think of old age.

Minnie was 88 years old when she went to the Happy Hunting Ground (where Indians, go when they die.)Minnie was born Aug. 27, 1906 to her pretty Cherokee Indian Mother (in a sod house built in Kansas) somewhere. Minnie's dad was a tall, long-legged baker who taught Minnie, his daughter, how to make bakery goodies, etc., etc. Minnie, at age 13, every morning milked a dozen cows before she was called in for breakfast and was put to work plowing fields in Kansas to grow food of some sort. Minnie also said she rode horses bareback. My wife had long legs and never fell off. Minnie and her mother and father were Methodist, her father was a Methodist preacher (a nice one, too). Minnie did join the Mormon Church eventually and taught genealogy to the LDS Church members in Kansas. Minnie got married at age 15 to Edward Gottlin, a super carpenter and expert car mechanic who was 10 years older than her. Minnie was a genealogist, carpenter, painter, cartoonist, and R.N. who worked 18 hours a day, and a very good farmer. Minnie got married to John Francis West, Jr., June 25, 1983 in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. Minnie and John never got to go on a honeymoon or vacation since they were married, but were called to do Temple sealing work in the Salt Lake LDS Temple and did sealing work for at least four years. Minnie loved to work in the temple with her husband, John, pressing sashes, etc. "Minnie was the sweetest, loveliest, cutest most beautiful wife in all the world", John said of his sweet wife who married John for time and all eternity.

John did inherited a son and sweet daughter-in-law and four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren when he got hitched to his lovely wife Minnie.

Minnie's viewing will be at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. prior to funeral services which will be held at 10 a.m. Minnie will be buried at Salt Lake City Cemetery.

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