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Thelma E. Swift

Thelma E. Swift          “beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother”

COUDERSPORT, Pa.---Thelma E. Swift, 100, of Coudersport, formerly of Coneville, passed away with her loving family by her side on Saturday, November 16, 2019, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a short illness.

Born on Monday, October 27, 1919 in Pleasant Valley Township, she was a daughter of George and Agnes Reed Meacham.  On April 25, 1942 in Port Allegany, she married Elton E. Swift, who passed away on April 12, 2004.

Thelma was a graduate of Port Allegany High School, Class of 1938 and was a graduate of Eleanor Beauty School in Buffalo, N.Y.  She worked as a hairdresser in Shinglehouse for one year and then in Coudersport until 1944, and lastly in her home in Hebron.

Thelma was a member of Hebron Union Church.  She enjoyed knitting and volunteering at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport.  She most especially loved spending time with her family.

She will be sadly missed by her wonderful caregivers at Sweden Valley Manor.

Surviving are two daughters, Bonnie J. (Wayne) Hathaway of Coudersport and Kim M. (Ivan) Work of Marysville, Ohio; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, David Moyer of Montoursville; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Thelma was predeceased by infant twin sons; a daughter, Sandra Lee Moyer, who died in 2017; a grandson, Allen Hathaway, who died in 2018; four brothers; and ten sisters.

Family and friends may call from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Thursday, November 21, 2019, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse where funeral services follow at 12 noon with the Rev. Howard R. Burnham, pastor emeritus of Hebron Union Church, and Pastor Harold Kiel of Bingham Center Bible Church, officiating.  Burial will be in Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hebron Union Church, 1149 SR 44N, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Sweden Valley Manor Patient Activities Fund, 1028 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915

Thelma’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Thelma, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or visit the funeral home Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.




A candle was lit in memory of Thelma Swift

Barbara J. Easton Nov 21 2019 12:00 AM

Thelma was a sweet special person and I loved her so much! As a former aide at Sweden Valley Manor on second shift she was usually my resident for pm care... so while helping her get ready for bed we had many heart to heart talks and some good laughs too! Many times we talked about the Lord and His daily presence in our lives and what a difference He has made....she said she always watched at shift change to see if I was on that night... Id tuck her in bed.. kiss her goodnight and tell her I loved her...I have missed her since I left the Manor altho I visited her a few times...my prayers and sympathy are with your family.. now she is where she wanted to be .. our earthly angel ...rejoicing with our Heavenly Father ...you are such a blessed family to have been allowed to share your lives with such a sweetheart of a woman

Cheryl Burgart Nov 20 2019 12:00 AM

Thelma was a wonderful mentor. I will surely miss you, but will see you again when I come home.

Linda Swift Nov 19 2019 12:00 AM

Darlene &friends will truly miss seeing Thelma each month as we sing to residents. She loved the Lord and shared her faith often! She was a dear lady we enjoyed visiting and she will truly be missed just as her nephew Bobby has been missed.

Darlene Leedham Nov 19 2019 12:00 AM

To the Swift Family: Thelma was a wonderful, caring woman and a friend of my family. I know her generous heart and sweet smile will be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Gina Shall Nov 18 2019 12:00 AM

Wayne & Bonnie
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Gene & Tamara Graham

Eugene Graham Nov 18 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Thelma Swift

Tracy Schroeder Nov 18 2019 12:00 AM