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Avis West

Avis West

Oct. 8, 1925-March 6, 2014

Avis M. West, 88, passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Essentia Health-Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes.

Avis Marjorie (Lien) West was born to Oscar and Mabel (Eilertson) Lien on October 8, 1925 in Audubon. At the age of two, she moved with her family to Detroit Lakes. She graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1943.

Avis married Thomas West on October 10, 1945 at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes. She worked at Englund Furniture Store in Detroit Lakes as a secretary. After her marriage to Tom, she worked at West Furniture Store and West Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes.

The family moved to San Diego, Calif., where Avis worked for the U.S. Postal Service. When they moved back to Detroit Lakes she worked at the Lake Park Post Office, where she later became postmaster. She retired in 1983.

After her retirement, Avis and Tom spent winters in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., and summers at their lake home in Detroit Lakes.

Avis was a member of First Lutheran Church, where she was active in circle and also sang in the choir. She was also past president of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Surviving Avis are her children, Barbara (Harry) Salminen, Alfred (Joyce) West, Tom (Andrea McGillis) West, Evelyn Grignon and Jane (Steve) Spaeth; and grandchildren; Stephanie West, Al West Jr., Nicole West, Jessica Lage, Jessica Ford, Stephanie Berry, Kate Spaeth, Kristen Okeson, and Alexis West.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Tom; her parents; her sisters, Stella and Betty; and two granddaughters, Amy Emerson and Sarah Emerson.

A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at the West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes. Those wanting to share memories and condolences may use the guestbook section at