Ruth Elaine West Kwapinski passed from this life Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at the home of her sister, Shirley Carter, surrounded by loved ones.
Born September 16, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Claude Pruitt West and Opal Emmalean Arnold West. She was preceded in death by: husband of 36 years, Antoni Kwapinski; brothers, RL West, and Wayne West.
Ruth taught in the Bedford County School system for 25 years until her retirement in 1995. Upon retirement she used her talents to tutor many students. She was an active member of the Eastview Baptist Church, Shelbyville TN. She taught Sunday school throughout her entire life. She also took in exchange students to help broaden their education and life experiences.
She is survived by: son, Christopher Antoni Kwapinski of Wartrace; daughter, Emma Rose Kwapinski of Wartrace; grandson, Anthony Kwapinski of Littleton, CO; brothers, Donald (Duck) West of Normandy, Billy “Pigeon” (Barbara) West of Bell Buckle, Aaron West of Shelbyville, and Claude (Sue) West Jr. of Bell Buckle; and sisters, Shirley Carter of Bell Buckle, Reba (Bill) Beasley of Chapel Hill, and Ruby Nichols of Shelbyville. She loved and was loved by numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 30, 2021, in the chapel of Doak-Howell Funeral Home with Bro. Tony Burnett officiating. Burial will follow at Hazel Cemetery in Bell Buckle. Visitation will be held 5-8 p.m. Friday evening, October 29, 2021 at the funeral home.
Doak-Howell Funeral Home is serving the family.