Janis Van Williams West, age 77 of Malvern surrounded by her family, passed away July 11, 2019. She was born September 4, 1941 in Malvern to Harold Lee and Millicent Aletheye Van Dusen Williams. She was a wife, daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, mentor and friend. She was a proud and active member of the First United Methodist Church of Malvern and the United Methodist Women. During her life she was a leader, planner and visionary in PTA, Girl Scouts, Flag Etiquette/Historical Society, the Malvern District School Board, and the Hot Spring County Museum. For time, service, and commitment she earned many honors and recognitions. Some of which include the Hot Spring County Lifetime Achievement Award, a Lifetime Girl Scout Award, the HSC Military Room was dedicated in her honor, the Malvern School District Wall of Honor, and several United Methodist Women honors. She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her doting and loving husband, Gail Wayne West whom she married August 26, 1960, her three daughters Angie Efird (Terry) of Prairie Grove, Jennifer Shnaekel (Nick) of Malvern, Erika Spencer (David) of Crosby, Texas, seven grandchildren, Jessica Bellow (Alex) of Feasterville, Pa., Eli Efird (Nevada) of Bentonville, Asa Shnaekel (Kelsey) of Little Rock, Zane Shnaekel (Haley) of Malvern, Danielle, Drew, and Tori Spencer all of Crosby, TX, three great-grandchildren, Jase Spencer of Crosby, Texas, Cole Bellow of Feasterville, Pa., and Archibald Efird of Bentonville, two sisters Carolyn Spheeris of Houston, Texas and Beth Witherspoon (Larry) of Humble, Texas and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. The funeral service will be Monday, July 15, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church with Reverend Bruce Bennett officiating. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. in UMC Fellowship Hall. Pallbearers are Grandsons Eli Efird, Asa and Zane Shnaekel, Drew Spencer, nephews Hunter Hall and Aiden Heller, and double second cousins, Blair and Landon Williams. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Women and the Hot Spring County Museum. Arrangements and online guestbook at Regency Funeral Home.
Published July 14, 2019