January 16, 2014


Mary Rose (Schultz) West, 95, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, in Carroll.

Mary was born May 18, 1918, in Bradgate, Iowa. A daughter of Ellen and John Schultz, Mary was one of 13 children. She graduated from Humboldt High School in in 1938 and began working in a local law office. On June 13, 1929, she married Joseph Clair West in Emmetsburg, Iowa. Mr. West died on Feb. 2, 1997.

She is survived by her four children: Rosemary West Townsend of Waco, Texas; Peter Joseph West and his wife Judy of Bristol, Wis.; Julie Ann West of Urbandale, Iowa; and Rebecca West Whitver and her husband John of Ralston, Iowa; 12 grandchildren: Tami Townsend Keeling of Victoria, Texas; William Barton Townsend III of Round Rock, Texas; Eric Alan Templeton of Chicago, Ill.; Kirsten Templeton McGuire of Kansas City, Mo.; Megan Templeton Claypool of Des Monies, Iowa; Megan Reed Johnson of Costa Mesa, Calif.; James Dillingham Reed of San Francisco, Calif.; David Dillingham Reed of St. Charles, Ill.; Christopher Joseph West of San Diego, Calif.; Valari Whitver Heithoff of Carroll, Iowa; Kristina Whitver Soyer of Glidden, Iowa; and John Ralph Whitver of Glidden, Iowa; and 24 great-grandchildren.

An outstanding and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Mary West was involved in the operation of motels, hotels and resorts, insurance agencies, and farm properties in partnership with her husband. The family has planned a private family memorial service to be held the spring. Memorials have been designated for the Trumpeter Swan Reserve at Swan Lake.