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Doreen West

Doreen Kim West

November 17th, 1956 - July 27th, 2022

Doreen's Obituary

Doreen Kim (Allen) West, also known as “Dee Dee” by her family, was born November 17th 1956 in South Haven, MI, and passed away peacefully at her home on July 27th, 2022.

Doreen was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Edward & Marie Allen. Brothers: Edward Jr. and Bruce Allen, along with her sisters; Barbara, June, Joan, and Robbie. Doreen was also preceded in death by her parents-in-law: Vera & Gilbert West.

Doreen was a 1975 graduate of L.C. Mohr High School in South Haven, MI. She attended Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, MI. Doreen played the clarinet for 4 yrs. in the high school marching & symphony bands. Doreen was a member of Emmanuel Community Church for 33 years, where she sang in the choir and taught children’s bible school for 25 years. Doreen was a 13 year member of the Bible Study Fellowship in St. Joseph, MI. While at the fellowship, Doreen attended the Women’s group, and taught the children and young adult’s classes.

Doreen loved her husband Jessie for 41 years of marriage and 44 years of choosing a life partner. Their marriage was the cornerstone of her life and their commitment to God was unmatched. She looked forward to their vacations. Once, when traveling to their 1st Las Vegas trip for their 31st anniversary that they landed in a cool 117 degree weather. Doreen hated the heat, but ended up loving the trip. Her favorite destination was Disney World, which they visited 6 times. Her other passion was to dance with Jessie, remembering their famous Rick James routine. Doreen’s glowing smile and humorous giggle always lightened the air. She was truly pure sunshine, who poured the goodness of God everywhere she went. Doreen was a manager, teacher and walking blessing to all. Doreen will always be known for her ability to passionately listen and give. Blessed for her generosity, we have all been recipients of her unique gifts. She gave us all unconditional love that we will forever hold in our hearts.

Doreen is survived by her husband Jessie, brother; Melvin (Cliffalee) Allen, sister-in-law Mary (George) Gardner, cousin Geraldine King and a host of nieces and nephews. Special thank you to Antoinette Gibson, Michelle Vaughn, and April (Kimber) Vaughn for providing Doreen with their loving care.

A visitation will take place on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Pentecostal Church of God, South Haven, Michigan from 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Funeral Service will follow at 12:00 P.M. Arrangements have been entrusted to Filbrandt Chapel-Starks Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services. To view Doreen’s personal webpage please visit www.starksfamilyfh.com. 269-637-0333

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