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Living History: West Treasures Community That Shaped Her

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.



  1. Patsy casbon on October 25, 2023 at 9:12 pm

    Love her. She is loved by everyone she meets and she loves them in return. Always enjoy seeing her and talking to her.

  2. Savannah Taylor on October 28, 2023 at 7:48 am

    Mary West is one of a kind. She is cherished and respected by family, friends, and this community. Mary has given years of hard work, volunteering, and loving kindness to so many. She is truly a treasure.

  3. Maggie Kent on October 28, 2023 at 11:03 am

    Mary is a local treasure! There is no one sweeter.

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