Jan 282011

Leola Grace Swinney, 89, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at the Olivia White Hospice Home in Flagstaff. Private services for the family will be held at a later date.

Leola was born on Sept. 16, 1921 in St. Louis, Mo. At an early age, she and her parents moved to Cottonwood. She attended school in Clarkdale, where she met and married Cecil Swinney in 1938.

In the early 1940s, they moved to Winslow, where her husband went to work with the AT&SF Railway. Here they raised their three children, Sandra Marie, Cecil William (Butch) and Sharon Jean.

Leola was a very devoted wife and mother. Her greatest love in life was waiting for Cecil at the Harvey House, where his train would arrive.

Survivors include her children, Sandra (Jim) Huber and Cecil Swinney Jr., both of Winslow, and Sharon (Clyde) Shreeve of Queen Creek; her sister, Mary Fuller of Los Angeles, Calif.; five grandchildren, Renee Swinney and Roger Huber, both of Winslow, Tammi (Dave) Cesarano of Queen Creek, Teri (Eddie) Austin of Foothill Ranch, Calif., and Nick Engaman of Alpharetto, Ga.; and three great-grandchilden, Arianna (Jacob) Tanner of Winslow, and Katelyn and Kaley Cesarano of Queen Creek.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Paris and Marie Webb; her husband, Cecil Swinney; her grandson, Shawn “Buddy” Shreeve; two brothers, Larry and June Webb; and two sisters, Evelyn and Helen.

Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.