Kathy Swift

swiftKathy Swift, age 60, passed away on November 6, 2009 in Abilene. Our faithful wife, mother, and friend has finally been made perfect. Her life ended the way it was lived all along in a peaceful testament to the glory of our Lord. Services are being held on November 9, 2009 at 2pm at First Baptist Church in Eastland with Dr. Shawn Brewer officiating. Visitation was held on November 8, 2009 from 4-6pm at Edwards Funeral Home. Interment will be at the Eastland Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.
Kathy was born on February 8, 1949 to Loy and Maurine Williams. She was raised in Eastland County and graduated from Eastland High School in 1967. After graduating high school, she graduated from Cisco Junior College with Honors in 1969. She then attended Texas Tech University and graduated with Honors in 1971. Kathy met Glen Swift in 1969 and they were married on April 29, 1972. She and Glen enjoyed a beautiful life together and celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary this year.
After graduating college, Kathy spent 20 years working at the Texas Department of Human Services; Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation; and Program Director for various Chemical Dependency Centers. In 1991 Kathy began working at Eastland County Community Supervision and Corrections Department and retired in 2008 as Assistant Chief of the department. Kathy had a passion for seeing the area that she lived be drug free. She was involved on many boards in the community including: Abilene Regional Council on Alcohol/Drug Abuse Board of Directors, Program Council Executive Committee of the Texas Agriculture Extension Service, Eastland County Parent Coalition, Eastland County PAY (Positive Action for Youth) Coalition, Advisory Board of Region XIV Safe and Drug Free Schools, Eastland Independent School District Drug Abuse Prevention Committee, and PADD (Parents Against Dangerous Drugs). Kathy also spent 7 years as a Trustee/Secretary on the Eastland Independent School District School Board.
Kathy loved her church. She accepted Christ as a pre-teen and she was a dedicated member of First Baptist Church for over 50 years. Her work at First Baptist Church was a joyful priority for Kathy. She spent time as a Sunday School Teacher for young married couples and 8th grade girls. She was also a member of the sanctuary choir. Along with Glen, Kathy made it a priority for her family to be involved in church and her family be centered on Christ in everything they did. Even with the diagnosis’ that Kathy faced, she kept her eye on Him and she wanted to use her experiences and trials to help others do the same. She often said that if one person is affected positively by this, that it was worth it all. Kathy enjoyed attending her kids’ sporting events throughout the years. She also enjoyed making jewelry, traveling to Ruidoso, NM, and taking rides with Glen on their motorcycle. Her grandchildren were the light of her life and she was such a proud “Mimi”.
Kathy was preceded in death by her parents Loy and Maurine Williams; and sister, Kay Williams Boren.
Kathy is survived by her loving husband of 37 years, Glen Swift; her daughter, Courtney Swift of Round Rock, TX; her son, Kyle Swift and wife Adrian and grandchildren Everett Audrey Swift and Kyser Merritt Swift all of Plano, TX. Her nephew, David Woods and wife Tabitha of Tyler, TX; her niece, Rosemary Woods of Carrizozo, NM. Great nephews Aaron Woods of Lubbock, TX, Alex Woods of Tyler, TX and Justin Selby and wife Kena of Tennille, GA; and her great niece, Brooke Woods of Tyler, TX. She is also survived by a host of dear friends and family that she loved dearly.
Memorials in Kathy’s name can be made to First Baptist Church in Eastland, TX and the American Cancer Society. “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

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