Willie Ellen Swearingin

03/10/1942 – 05/07/2019

Obituary for Willie Ellen Swearingin

Willie Ellen Swearingin, 77, of Green Ridge, MO passed away Tuesday, May 07, 2019 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. She was born on March 10, 1942, in Meridian, MS, the daughter of William Grady and James Ellen (Smith) Curry, who preceded her in death.

On June 25, 1957, she was united in marriage to Jack Edward Swearingin, who preceded her in death.

Willie enjoyed traveling, especially to Silver Dollar City. She really enjoyed all types of music as long as it had no bad words. Her greatest pleasure in life was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The highlight of her working career was the time she spent teaching preschool at Smithton, where she founded the program and taught for over 12 years. Up until the last few weeks, she was still running into adults that she had taught in preschool.

Survivors include seven children: Penny (Allen) Staley of El Paso, TX, Van (Denise) Swearingin of Green Ridge, Sherry (Anthony) Schwartz of Smithton, Debbie Stevenson (Gandhi Saied) of Columbia, Clint Swearingin of Green Ridge, Dan (Isabel) Swearingin of St Louis, and Judy (Nathaniel) Pritchard of Wales, UK; sixteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 pm, Friday, May 10, 2019, at Rea Funeral Chapel, Sedalia, MO with Chaplain (COL) Allen Staley, officiating.

Visitation will be one hour prior to service time at the funeral chapel.

Burial will be at 2:00 pm at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO.

Pallbearers will be Ryan Swearingin, Katie Swearingin, Zach Staley, Nathan Staley, Philip Staley, Jason Staley, Grady Swearingin, Lexi Perriguey, and Kobe Young.

Honorary bearers will be Eli Swearingin, Amy Swearingin, Willow Pritchard, Skye Pritchard, Bryce Crawford, Ethan Crawford, Jack Young, Clay Young, Gracelynn Young, Abby Werner, James Werner, Donna Stevenson, Brandon Swearingin, Layla Jackson, and Ibrahim Saied (Micah Staley).

Memorial contributions should be made to the Children’s Charity of the donors choice in care of Rea Funeral Chapel.

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I worked with Willie at Smithton School for several years. She was a very sweet lady. We had many talks and laughs as I left school through the Preschool door. Lots of fawn memories I will cherish about Willie. Peace and comfort to her family.
– Jana Birdsong
I had the privilege of working with Willie at Smithton School, and she had my son Hayden for 1 year. She was a kind and gentle lady and she will be missed. Our condolences to the family.
– Amy Cox
I’m so sorry to hear this. She was such a sweet, wonderful woman
– Arvella Jones
I am so very sorry for your family’s loss I knew Willie. I went to school with her Daughter Debbie .Praying for peace and comfort. So very sorry. Amy Zacha
– Amy Zacha

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