Paula J. West, 73, of Owensville, Indiana, passed away at 2:30 pm on Friday, May 31, 2019 at home, surrounded by love and family.
She was born on August 23, 1945 in Princeton, Indiana to Roderick and Emily (Williams) Harmon of Owensville.
She graduated from Owensville High School in 1963. She received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Nursing from University of Evansville, and taught Nursing at Olney Central College and for 13 years at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. She left academia to pursue her passion for working with the mentally ill as a unit director at Logansport State Hospital, then as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Indianapolis and Evansville. She retired from that work in 2013.
Surviving are her husband, Larry L. West, who she married on October 3, 1998; her children, Brian Wringer and his wife Marjorie of Indianapolis, Edra Waterman and her husband Clayton of Plainfield Indiana; two grandchildren, Kathryn Camden and her husband Justin of Trenton, New Jersey, and Sarah Waterman of Plainfield; one great-grandchild, Matthew Camden; two sisters, Mary Speicher and her husband Gene of Buckskin, Indiana, and Bonnie Harmon of Salem, Indiana; three brothers, Jack Harmon and his wife Valerie of Mount Vernon, Indiana, Allen Harmon and his wife Vicki of Owensville, and Bennett Harmon and his wife Kathi of Longwood, Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorial services will be at Stodghill Funeral Home in Fort Branch, Indiana, on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. CDT, with Minister Bart Newton officiating. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. until service time, with interment at Maumee Cemetery in Owensville following the service.
Memorial donations may be made to the Sigma Foundation for Nursing, through the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.
Sigma Foundation for Nursing
550 West North Street, Indianapolis IN 46202