June 2, 1955 ~ December 20, 2013

Born in: Buncombe Co.,
Resided in: Fletcher, NC

Doris "Dori" Lynn West, 58, of Fletcher, died Friday, December 20, 2013 at her residence. A native of Buncombe County, she was a daughter of Ernest and Irene Trantham Phipps of Fletcher. She worked at Warren Wilson College as a purchasing agent and was a member of Skyland United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, Dori is survived by her husband of nearly 40 years, Mike West; two sons, Jeremy West and his wife, Brooke, of Mills River and Nicholas West of Fletcher; one sister, Sharon Brookshire and her husband, David, of Asheville; one brother, Michael Phipps of Mountain Home; mother-in-law, Jean Conard of Fletcher; four grandchildren, Leana, Shawn, Conner and Ethan as well as several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at Skyland United Methodist Church with Reverend Keith Turman officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 1:30 to 3:00 PM prior to the service. Burial will be at 10:00 AM on Monday, December 30, 2013 at the Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery.

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  1. I’m sorry I didn’t know Dori but her brother Mike is a blessing to our little congregation at Fanning Chapel in Mills River. To those who loved her, please know our prayers are with you. The prayers of strangers can be a welcome gift.

  2. To the family of Doris,
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your loved one. May the God of all comfort be with you during this most difficult time in your lives. And know that many prayers and thoughts go out in your behalf. We all yearn for better conditions. It’s refreshing to to know that God’s word speaks of a time when all sorrows will be gone and that mankind will live in beautiful surroundings with nothing to fear. Isaiah 65:17,21-24.
    Again my deepest sympathy,

  3. Uncle Ernest and Aunt Irene and family.
    I just want to let you know that I an truly sorry for your loss. I will always remember Dori. We had such good times when were younger. My heart goes out to you all. You have my love and prayers. May God Bless you now and always. Much love to you all.

  4. Mike, Nick, Jeremy, Brooke, Mr. and Mrs. Phipps,
    I hope all of you know how much Vince and I love Dori. For the last 9 years she has been such a good friend to me in spite of the pain and suffering she would be dealing with. I have been blessed with so many good memories of talking, crying, laughing, praying and little things we did together. I always told her she had the strongest will of anyone I know and I still stand by that. If ever I would feel sorry for myself or would be feeling in pain I would look across the street and think about my friend Dori. I would usually give her a call to see how she was doing. It didn’t matter if we hadn’t got to visit in days or weeks. We’d pick right up like it was yesterday. Years ago when she first became limited with her mobility she would use her golf cart to get to her flowers/plants and then get down on the ground for hours just weeding, planting, cultivating, never complaining. In the spring and summer I would look to see if she was outside in the yard to get a chance to go over and visit never wanting to impose on her family time. Sometimes we would just sit on her front porch step and talk or not say much at all until it got dark or the mosquitoes chased us inside. These last couple of years have been long and hard on all of you, especially Mike. Dori loved all of you so much and was determined to spend every second of her life with you that she could. She took pride in her family and talked about her sons, daughter-in-laws and grandchildren with that twinkle in her eye that Mothers and Grandmothers have for them. She was so thankful for her Mother and Father and that she had lived so close to you all these years. Dori had such a wit about her, she would get me laughing so hard sometimes, but she could be tough too. Qualitys I know she got from the two of you. I loved the times she talked about when she was young. About her and Mike and how they met. Mike, she loved you with all of her heart and she knew how much you love her. I know she must have called your name more than a million times over these last years but that was because she knew she could count on you to get it done. I guess what I’m saying is that my friendship with Dori has been such a blessing to me. I’ll always love her for that. I’m really going to miss her but I am comforted knowing she is not in pain anymore. I know Dori fought the good fight. As the scriptures show when talking about Pauls hope in death;
    2 Timothy chapter 4:6-8 6) For I am already being poured out as a drink offering and the time of my departure is at hand. 7) I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 ) Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
    I pray for all of you that the good memories and love you have for Dori will fill your heart and push out any sadness you are feeling. I know she will always be in Vince and my heart.
    Love to you all,
    Cathy and Vince

  5. Ernest, Irene, Mike, Sharon and Mike..there aren’t enough words to tell you guys how sorry I am at Dori’s passing. I know she’s been sick for years and fought a good fight for a long time. I think of her and I don’t see her sick, or frail…I see her waltzing into your old house on Springside in her shorts, with her sunglasses perched on top of her head and a smile that would light up the whole room. Again, I’m so sorry for all the pain that all of you are going thru. Love to you all.
    Donna and Mark


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