Ardus Ruth (Shelby) West

February 9, 1949 ~ January 10, 2024 (age 74) 74 Years Old

Ardus West Obituary

Ardus Ruth Shelby West was born on February 9th, 1949 in Carlsbad, New Mexico to Mr. Horace Shelby and Ruthie Mae Wheeler Shelby. 

Ardus Ruth accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at a very young age. She later became a faithful and devoted Jehovah's Witness for the remainder of her life. 

She received her formal education in the local schools of Lee County, Texas. Growing up, she was affectionately known as "Ardus Shrew" (by those who couldn't pronounce her name) and "Sue Faye" by many of her close family and friends. 

On February 19, 1966, she united in holy matrimony to Arthur James West Sr. (Sonny). 

She decided to go into the workforce after her youngest child went into middle school. She started her career at Tracor, an affiliate of Motorola and finished her career at Heritage Park Skilled Nursing and Rehab Facility. 

After retirement, she enjoyed the love of her grand kids and great grand kids, spoiling them every chance she got. She loved to read her bible, write letters (mom had beautiful handwriting), cook, clean and call her children and grandchildren every weekend. 

She was full of life and love and was good at everything she did. She loved all of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousin's children. She was never a stranger to anyone, always loving, caring and compassionate about people and willing to help anyone regardless if she had it or not. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Horace and Ruthie Mae Shelby; husband, Arthur James Sr.; three sisters, Gwendolyn Kay Shelby, Ethel Jean Shelby and Barbara Ann Johnson; two brothers, Glen Ray Shelby and Curtis Shelby; and her grandson, Eternity Byron West. 

She leaves to cherish her memories: her sons, Arthur James West Jr., Byron Joe West (Renee West) and special nephew Ronnie Starlin Shelby; daughters, Melondy Sheryl West, Capricia Carol West-McVade (Kenneth McVade Jr.) and Takola Dionne West-Mark (Tyce Mark); sisters, Evelyn "Ree" Shelby, Etta "Faye" Shelby, Alma "Joyce" Dodd (Bill Dodd), Carolyn Jackson and Teresa Rutherford (Jerry Rutherford); brothers, Joe Shelby and Edward "Eddie" Shelby (Charlotte Shelby); aunts, Ola Mae Verse and Ruthie McMorris (Pastor Sammie McMoris); grandchildren, John Townsend, Shae Carter, Shawn Davis (Christopher Davis), Ronisha West, Jasmine West, Kevin Shaw Jr., Desiree "Nikki" West, Thai Le'Marque West, Marquise West (Kirsten West), Dajoun "DJ" Harrison, Alexus West, Armesha Mark, Reginald Powell, Terrance Mark, Takayla Mark, Emerald (Bri) West, Kenneth Taylor, Jordan Taylor, Tatiana Taylor and Kaiden McVade; thirty-one great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and loved ones.

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January 27, 2024

10:00 AM to 10:55 AM
Bethel-St. Paul United Baptist Church
887 West Hempstead Street
Giddings, TX 78942

Funeral Service
January 27, 2024

11:00 AM
Bethel-St. Paul United Baptist Church
887 West Hempstead Street
Giddings, TX 78942


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