Ethel Jane (West) McGinnis

Ethel Jane (West) McGinnis was born on Dec. 10, 1944, at Carrollton, to A.J. and Helen (Snider) West. She died Friday, May 11, 2018, at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo., after a brief illness.

Ethel graduated from Hardin Central High School in Hardin in 1962. She married Bill Bowles in 1963 and had two children, Bruce Alan and Lesli Ann. They later divorced.

Ethel met the love of her life, Ron McGinnis, at the King Restaurant in Excelsior Springs in October 1970 and they married in December of that year. Ethel gained three daughters, Robin Ann, Victoria Rachelle and Susan Diane, when she married Ron.

Ron and Ethel made their home in Independence, Kan., and later in Coffeyville, Kan. Upon retirement in 1997, Ron and Ethel moved to Green Valley, Ariz., where they still lived.

Ethel worked in the office of a business that she and Ron co-owned, Fiberglass Corporation of America, in Coffeyville, for 19 years. After retiring from FCA, she continued to help manage many numerous business ventures with Ron until her death.

Ethel was known to be a kind and classy lady who was always appropriate and her grace was visible and palpable to all who knew her.

Along with their five children, Ethel and Ron have 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren they adore and who adored them in return.

Left to cherish her memory are: her husband,  Ron, of the home; her children; son Bruce (Gary) Bowles, Parsons, Kan., daughters Lesli (David) Starr, Milliken, Colo., Robin Thomas, Colorado Springs, Colo., Victoria Durham, Kansas City, Mo., Susan (Ed) Sottoriva, Kansas City. Surviving siblings are Lola (West) Duesenberg, Barbara (West) Pennington, and Richard West, along with many other cherished family and friends.

Ethel was preceded in death by her parents, A.J. and Helen West; one daughter, Cheryl Rene McGinnis; mother-in-law Rachel McGinnis; one brother, Billy West and one sister, Carolyn (West) Stanton.

Visitation will be held at the Webb & Rodrick Funeral Home at 306 W. Main Street in Independence, Friday, May 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be at Webb & Rodrick Funeral Home Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m. with graveside to follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Independence.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in Ethel’s memory to The John Zay Guesthouse at Penrose Hospital, 2131 N Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO, 80907, The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, or the charity of your choice.

Published in The Richmond News on May 15, 2018.

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