To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord . . . and so it is with our dear Mom.
Jean Anne Swihart died Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in her 90th year.
Jean is the beloved mother of Ric and Sharon Swihart and Sandie and David Van Horne; the cherished grandma and great grandma of Kristin and Jason Donkersgoed with Ryley, Braxton, Camryn and Maleigh; Heidi and Shawn Davis with Brinley, Luke and Nate; Lissa and Dave Miles; Bryn Swihart; Kalyn Swihart; Craig and Shelley Van Horne with Adelade and Xander; and Michael Van Horne.
Jean was born on the family farm near Senate, Sask. to Bill and Nellie Sanderson. She was blessed with six siblings and a wholesome rural upbringing.
Jean married the handsome Ted Swihart in 1945. They made their home in Fort Macleod, raising two kids, Ric and Sandra-Lee.
Ted predeceased Jean in 1996. She is survived by her sisters Gail Korol and Delta Rempel, brother Lee Sanderson, and her large extended family, and many friends.
Jean will be remembered for her unfailing faith, unmatchable hospitality, contagious sense of humor and fun, genuine interest in people, great love of the prairies, and ability to see a celebration in an ordinary day!
A celebration of life took place Tuesday, May 27 at 11 a.m. at Trinity United Church in Fort Macleod with Rev. Eras Van Zyl officiating. Homecoming inurnment will take place in Consul, Sask.
Our family wishes to thank everyone who lent support throughout Jean’s illness. Each kindness has been so very appreciated.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate to the Fort Macleod Handibus Society . . . and, of course, do something special with family and friends.