Jo Ellen West 1943-2022


The family of Jo Ellen West will be holding graveside services for her at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2022 at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, with Greg Wright officiating. A memorial service will follow in the chapel.

Jo Ellen McKenzie West, 78, of Alba passed away June 2, 2022 in Jacksonville. She was born Aug. 1, 1943 in Madison, Wis. to Joseph W. and Frances Ellen Grumbles McKenzie. She spent most of her life in Alba. Jo was a public school teacher and retired after 31 years of service, teaching at Alba-Golden, Irving and Garland. She was the president of the Mineola League of Arts for 10 years and was still an active member. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, David McKenzie.

Survivors include her husband of 31 years, Frank West of Alba; son, William Keith Barnes and wife Jennifer of McCamey; daughter, Cindy Hartsell and husband Andy of Knoxville, Tenn.; brother, Darrell McKenzie and wife Jean of Ben Wheeler; sister-in-law, Teresa McKenzie of South Carolina; seven grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.