Private services for Norma Gene West of Nevada City will be conducted.
Mrs. West died Wednesday, July 14, at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento. She was 79.
She was born on Sept. 19, 1924, in Amarillo, Texas, to Thomas H. Baker and Claudia Belle Nash. She graduated from North Hollywood High School in 1942, and attended Sierra College.
She was a master machinist at Lockheed Aircraft and other engineering firms in Southern California, moving to Placer County in the 1950s. In the late 1960s, she studied English literature and poetry at Sierra College, and was employed in the English lab.
Mrs. West studied landscape design with the Yamasaki family of Auburn. She worked for Mac and Elaine McPherson’s Town Talk Nursery, Eisley’s and Yamasaki’s Nurseries in Auburn. She created and managed the Garden Department at Yuba River Lumber. Her CETA Program crew installed the first baseball diamond and backstop at Western Gateway Park. She started her own landscaping business in 1975 in Nevada City, now operated by her daughters. She was also employed with the California State Park Service at the Empire Mine in Grass Valley, and Plumas-Eureka State Park in Johnsville, and recently with the U.S.F.S. Tahoe National Forest in Nevada City.
She most recently worked for the USDA Forest Service Tahoe National Forest.
She was a member of the Baha’i faith. Her interests were California history and botany, anthropology, literature, and Gold Rush artifacts. Over her long life, other interests included marksmanship, flying, studying and creating art.
She is survived by her daughters, Jo Ann Clements and husband Tom Clements of Longmont, Colo. (daughter of Robert J. McAvoy), Terry and Kitty Meekins of Nevada City (daughters of James V. Meekins), and Sue Coziah of Nevada City (daughter of Merle Coziah); grandchildren Thomas Weber of Foresthill, Noah and Reuben Cohn of Nevada City; sister, Bonnie Stokes of Auburn; nephew David Lee Stokes and wife Cindy, and nieces Judy Lynn Stokes and Patricia Diane Creekbaum; grand-nieces Hannah Creekbaum and Cynthia Howell and grand-nephews Dalton and Jace Howell, and Glen, Neil, Max and Ian Haydon.
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