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Minnie Jewel West McClendon, 85, passed away Feb. 1, 2018, at Community North Hospital, Indianapolis.
Minnie was the 11th child of 12 born, April 7, 1932, to the late Jessie and Mary Ella West, in Troy, Alabama. Minnie attended Academy High School in Troy, Alabama. Her greatest accomplishment was receiving her high school diploma, in 1985 from Highland High School in Anderson.
Minnie was a member and mother at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, where she was church clerk, treasurer for many years, vice president of the Senior Missions, she sung in the Senior Choir; she also was a Sunday School teacher and a teacher during Vacation Bible School.
Minnie retired from Delco Remy and was a member of United Auto Workers Local 662. She enjoyed fishing, was an avid gardener and always gave a helping hand to those in need.
Minnie leaves to cherish her memory, her daughter, Annie (Rose) McLemore, Indianapolis; devoted brother, David (Hilda) West. Minnie was assigned the task of nurturing two of her grandchildren, Trena (James) Robinson, caregiver, Indianapolis, and Tenasha Stewart, Anderson, and, also raised her baby (Piggy), Anijah Cowherd, Anderson. The other children she helped train up was, Rickey, Vicki, Annette, Octavia (Tiffina) McClendon. She is also survived by her grandchildren, James and Felecia Harris, Brucetta Wilson, all of Indianapolis; God brother, Bishop Willie Scott, Troy, Alabama; three God daughters, Karen Williams, Geraldine Manuel, and Melva Durden. She was called MamMaw by 20 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; 33 great-great-grand children; and a host of nieces, nephew and cousins, and church family.
Minnie was preceded in death by her husband, Jack McClendon; her daughter, Loretta Collier Stewart; and granddaughter, Kozette Peak.
Service will be at noon Saturday at Trinity Baptist Church, 1225 S. Madison Ave., and burial in Pleasant Walk Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon prior to service.
Published on February 7, 2018
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