Mary Jo West –

Mary Jo West, 90, of Ooltewah, Tennessee, formerly of Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, died Friday August 19, 2022.

Mrs. West was born in Soddy, Tennessee on December 19, 1931, the daughter of Clarence Elliott and Grace Varner Elliott. She was a 1949 graduate of Soddy Daisy High School, attended the University of Chattanooga, and graduated from the School of Chattanooga City School Licensed Practical Nurse program.

Ms. West had a long career at Erlanger Medical Center, which also included the Miller Eye Center and the Miller Eye Clinic. She was a member of Ooltewah United Methodist Church. One of Mary Jo’s favorite hobbies was amateur photography. She enjoyed taking photos of her family and friends at events and she photographed the construction of the Coolidge Park Antiques Carousel from start to finish. After Ms. West retired from Erlanger Medical Center, she became a carousel volunteer where she met many new friends and loved the interaction with everyone she came in contact with. Ms. West was an avid early morning walker on the Walnut Street Bridge where she photographed the most beautiful scenes on her walks.

Mary Jo is survived by her daughter, Mary Ellen Sneed (Larry) of Ooltewah; son Chuck West of Knoxville; four grandchildren, Sherri Sneed Millard of Ooltewah, Wendy Sneed Dotson (Jimmy) of Georgetown, Matt West of Knoxville and Kate West of Knoxville; five great-grandchildren, Emma Jackson of Chattanooga, Luke Dotson and Lily Dotson of Georgetown, Maddie Millard and Jack Millard of Ooltewah, and his brother, Gene Elliott.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Chattanooga for the compassionate care, especially to Lora, their nurse.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Muscular Dystrophy (donate online once) or call 1-888-helpmda.

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Arrangements are by Williamson and Sons Funeral Home, 8852 Dayton Pike, Soddy Daisy, TN 37379.