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Elsie Pauline “Polly” West, age 82

Elsie Pauline “Polly” West, age 82, of Austin, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.  She was born April 15, 1938, daughter of the late Arch Lee Hays and Lucile Johnston Hays.

Polly’s greatest accomplishments were her children and grandchildren whom she loved beyond measure.  She had such a contagious personality that would light up the room with her laughter and witty commentary. She never met a stranger and she loved everyone as though they were family. In her spare time, she enjoyed painting in acrylics and oils. Her character and works of art will remain cherished by her family forever.

She was preceded in death by her sisters; Dora McDaniel and Sibyl Clay, brother’s James A. Hays, Emmett L. Hays, Sr. and John Paul Hays.

Left to cherish her memory are her children Frederick Andrew West (Dana), Bradley Eugene West (Jennifer); grandchildren Frederick Andrew West Jr., Lindsey West Chamblee (Justin), Tessa Ellen West, Jaxtyn Guthridge; great-grandchildren Kolton Bly Fulcher, Kendal Grace Chamblee, Tenley Belle Chamblee, Jetson Vann Chamblee; sisters, Joan McKenzie and Ruby Lane (Bill).  She will also be remembered by her many friends including Don Fulmer, Rexford Wood and caregiver Tanya Adams.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 10 am with funeral services following at 11 am in the Chapel at A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street in Jacksonville.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens in Searcy, Arkansas.


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  • David and Robin Chamblee Posted March 5, 2021 2:29 PM

    All my love and prayers for the entire family. Polly leaves a great legacy with the love she had for her family and friends.

  • Mary Twitty Posted March 5, 2021 2:30 PM

    Ms Polly was the sweetest lady that always had a smile on her face and could always make you laugh. To know her was to love her. Our prayers are with her family.

  • Sherry Oliver Posted March 5, 2021 5:12 PM

    If you knew her,,you loved het! I have memories of her from as far back as 45 years ago. We always had a great time & lots of laughs! Such a big heart! She will be missed by so many.

  • Jim and Gail Peacock Posted March 5, 2021 6:07 PM

    So very sorry. Our prayers to all.

  • Carol White Posted March 5, 2021 6:16 PM

    Prayers for your family. I loved your mother. She was a good friend. Love to your family.

  • Kelly Epley Herbie Wuelling Posted March 5, 2021 6:31 PM

    ❤️ prayers

  • Draxie Horn Rogers Posted March 5, 2021 9:32 PM

    Polly was my friend in school at Searcy through all 12 grades. Everything about her was real and honest. She was a true friend. I especially enjoyed seeing her at class reunions and then staying in touch by text and phone calls. She had a great sense of humor and saw the humor in just about everything. Her sons and their families were what Polly loved and cherished most. She was so proud of everything they individually accomplished. And I know she was treasured by them in return. Polly was a very good person and I loved that she was my friend. Rest in God’s arms.

  • Mary Kay Van Patten James Posted March 5, 2021 9:52 PM

    Polly was my very first friend ever! We grew up living near each other, attended 1st through 12th grade together!
    She had older sisters and knew a lot more stuff than I did!we laughter and roamed the dirt streets together. My dear Polly, I do miss you!!!!

  • Mary Kay Van Patten James Posted March 5, 2021 9:55 PM

    Polly was my very first friend ever! We grew up living near each other, attended 1st through 12th grade together!
    We laughter and roamed the dirt streets together. My dear Polly, I will miss you!!!!

  • Tanya Adams Posted March 5, 2021 10:06 PM

    It was my absolute pleasure to be Polly’s caregiver and friend for nearly 3 years, she always told me,” I’m the boss of you” all in fun, and kept me on my toes. She was a real character, love and miss her so much.

  • Brenda Wallis. James wheeler Posted March 6, 2021 12:47 AM

    So very sorry for loss.

  • Todd Moory Posted March 6, 2021 6:10 AM

    Sorry for your loss. I remember the good times on Grey Fox. She was like a second mom to me. I remember her teaching me to make peanut butter fudge ! Prayers to the whole family in Christ love.

  • Richard Thiele Posted March 6, 2021 7:48 AM

    May you all receive and feel God’s comfort and support in this time of sorrow.

  • Annette Delgado Posted March 6, 2021 8:17 AM

    Sending love and sympathy to your family. Polly was an amazing lady and loved her family and friends unconditionally. May you find peace in God’s love.

  • Bob and Martha Whstley Posted March 6, 2021 11:29 AM

    A very special lady with a terrific sense of humor. She loved everyone and will be missed. Hope the sadness will quickly be replaced with happy memories.
    Bob and Martha Whatley

  • Carolyn Edmondson Posted March 7, 2021 6:15 AM

    So sorry for your loss I always liked Polly

  • Barbara Moon Posted March 7, 2021 8:12 AM

    Your mom was such a dear, dear friend. So many great memories! Lots and lots of laughs, some tears. She was a remarkable person. I loved her like family and will miss her like crazy. Wearing a bracelet she gave me one time, engraved “Friends Forever” and we are! My heart is heavy. Praying for you and your families.

  • Marianne Bennett Posted March 7, 2021 4:18 PM

    Polly was my special friend, We first met when I moved to Searcy during our sixth-grade year and became instant friends. I loved her keen sense of humor and the warm, honest person she was. She loved her family fiercely and her friends the same. The world won’t be the same without sweet Polly. She is missed already. Thank you, Polly, for the love and friendship you gave to me and Lisa. We will both always love you.

  • Lisa Fox Terry Posted March 7, 2021 11:05 PM

    Andy and Brad, so very sorry for your loss. Your mom was a great friend to mine. I enjoyed keeping up with the Wests through the years and always loved her great sense of humor. She was so sweet and supportive–I remember she sent both my mother and me lovely corsages for my graduation. How thoughtful was that?! She was a light that will definitely be missed by all those that considered her family. You are all in my heart and thoughts.

  • Carol Jim & Edd Hoyt Family Posted March 8, 2021 10:42 AM

    Dear Andy and Brad, may God Bless you and your families at this most difficult time in your lives. Never easy to say “Good By” no matter what the age. Your mother Polly was indeed a person we will always remember, who always had nothing but good things to say about someone. The Hoyt’s will always remember the wonderful times we shared with your family down through the years always talking about what else–our families. Polly is now at her eternal home, may her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed “Rest in Peace”..

  • Mark & Leah Goodsell Posted March 8, 2021 11:34 AM

    When you hear the name Polly West… you have to smile.
    So many good memories of her.
    A wonderful lady.

  • Kathryn kierre Posted March 8, 2021 9:38 PM

    Polly west was a good lady

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