by Stephanie Baker
Mary West has spent all her 76 years in Johnson County. From childhood summers spent splashing in Spadra Creek with her siblings, to an annual family tradition of watching the peach festival parade, to witnessing historic events, West is a living history book of Clarksville.
“It’s been just the most wonderful place to live,” said West.
West grew up in a large black family. She was number six out of 17 siblings, 13 who lived to be adults. West treasures her experience growing up in such a large family, despite her family’s humble financial status.
“We are all very close and have always been there for each other. Being from a large family is a great experience. It teaches you about responsibility, good times, bad times, and appreciation for life,” said West.
For the full story on Mary West, see the Oct. 25 edition of The Graphic available online or at businesses throughout Johnson County.