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R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, Wakefield Chapel
Wednesday February 16th, 2022
6:00pm - 7:00pm

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Thursday February 17th, 2022

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Nancy West Raiford

Nancy Jane West Raiford died peacefully in the early morning hours of February 13, 2022, just a few weeks shy of her 90th birthday. She was a beautiful woman, strong of faith, who loved her family, her friends, and the rural community of Corinth where she spent most of her life. She was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Harry Elton Raiford. He was the love of her life.

The daughter of Charles Washington West and Vera Johnson West, she was the youngest of six siblings and the last surviving member of that generation of Wests.  She loved her brothers Pete, Dink, Russell and Marvin and her sister, Margaret, and spoke of them often until her last days. She had family pictures all around her room and liked nothing better than to tell you a story about each one.

Nancy Jane was born and raised in Ivor and attended school there. After high school she went to business school in Richmond and afterward worked as secretary to Judge Carlton Holladay in Wakefield for many years.  Nancy and Elton were family farmers for decades, raising traditional crops and some livestock. For more than 50 years they lived in the cutest neat and tidy home surrounded by Nancy’s beautiful flowers and the tallest pine trees you’ve ever seen. They never had children but dedicated themselves to their Quaker Friends Meeting and community.

Nancy and Elton loved to have fun together throughout their lives and in their younger days they were quite the daredevils with fast boats, motorcycles, go-karts and even a small airplane for a while.  Nancy may be best known for her extraordinary talents on the piano, and she played for hundreds of church services, weddings, and funerals during her lifetime. She took her treasured white piano with her to the nursing home after Elton died and, at age 89, was still entertaining others with her pretty music.

In addition to her parents and husband, Nancy was predeceased by brothers Charles W. “Pete West (Alethia), Walter T. “Dink” West, J. Russell West (Mary Ann) and Dr. Marvin F. West (Millie); and a sister, Margaret W. Schutte (Harry).  She is survived by three sisters-in-law, Virginia Rowan, Joyce R. Uzzell (Jesse) and Jean R. Seely; many nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Alice W. Scott; and numerous great nieces and nephews. The family sends a special thanks to all the wonderful caregivers at ASA’s Neighborhood who took such good care of Aunt Nancy in her last years.

A graveside service is planned at Ivor Cemetery at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 17, 2022, with pastor Amanda Smith officiating.  Visitation will be held at the R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home, Wakefield Chapel, from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 16, 2022. Condolences may be registered at RWBakerFH.com.

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We remember Mrs. Raiford fondly. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Phyllis Clark-Bryant -- Ivor
Nancy Clark-Scott - Ivor
Wanda Scott-Collins - Windsor
& Famly

Bryant - Scott Feb 22 2022 1:11 PM

My mom went to corinth when she was growing up and i went there with my aunt many times. Nancy was so sweet and played beautifully. I saw her in recent years at nursing home. So sad.

Candy nickert Feb 19 2022 10:51 PM

Nancy was such a positive light. She enjoyed a good movie or comedy u til the end. She did not miss anything going on around her and always had something to say. What a blessing to know her. She will be missed!

Laura Lass Feb 15 2022 9:13 PM

Nancy (and Elton) became near and dear to my heart when we lived in the Corinth parsonage during the late 60's and early 70's. My parents served Corinth Friends for 5 years at that time. My dad always said he did not sing as a favor to the Meeting's members. Nancy asked him several times to sing, but on the one occasion he did sing aloud Nancy said at the end of the service, "Cafer, you are right. When God gave out musical talent you must have been behind the door." 😂 Fortunately his girls got his love of music but our mom's ability. Nancy worked with our Youth Choir (a huge group of 6 to 8 😉) and those wonderful memories have been with me all these years. She was awesome and made sure we stayed on track enough to actually learn and share many times during Worship Service and I know for sure at least one funeral.
My prayers to her family and friends and all who cared for her. I can imagine her playing Fanny Crosby hymns for my dad who can sing beautifully now. ❤️

Elaine Marley Kerns Feb 15 2022 6:57 PM

Mrs. Raiford was a sweet little lady. I loved her smile and laugh. She will be greatly missed. Prayers for her family.

Robin Burgess Feb 15 2022 2:12 PM