Madge Nelson Swinney, 97, of Chanute, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 at the Chanute Healthcare Center.
Madge was born in Altoona on Sept. 16, 1915, the daughter of Charles and Sarah McLaren Carroll. She graduated from Altoona High School and attended Pittsburg State College, Pittsburg, receiving a 3-year teaching certificate.
She was united in marriage to Clarence Nelson on Feb. 6, 1936 in Vilas. He preceded her in death on Dec. 28, 1969. She was then united in marriage to William Floyd Swinney on Nov. 12, 1976 in Fort Scott. He preceded her in death on Dec. 26, 1996.
Madge was a school teacher in a one room school house for five years. Her family owned and operated the “99” filling station about 15 years. She was the business office manager at St. Margaret’s Hospital, Fredonia, for 14 years, and worked at the Neosho Memorial Hospital in Chanute for several years.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Chanute, the Sunflower Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, Chanute, Vilas Homebuilders Unit and Friendship Sunday School Class at the First Baptist Church.
Madge is survived by a daughter, Marilyn Sue Farmer and her husband, Jim, of Altoona, KS; a son, Keith Richard Nelson and his wife, Marilyn, of Orland Park, Ill.; granddaughters, Kellee Farmer and her husband, Jim Bangert, of Islamabad, Pakistan, Karree Farmer of Boulder, Colo., and Loree Nelson of Virginia; grandsons, Eric Farmer of Willoughby, Ohio, Derick Farmer and wife, Chelsea, of Overland Park, Jared Nelson of Homer Glen, Ill., Kale Nelson and his wife, Christina, of Frankfort, Ill., and Doug Nelson of Edmond, Okla.; a great-granddaughter, Emily Nelson of Edmond, Okla.; and a stepdaughter, Marvel Nelson of Virginia.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clarence Nelson and husband William Swinney, a daughter, Carroll Ann Nelson, a stepson, Glen A. Nelson, a grandson, Aaron Nelson Farmer, and eight brothers and sisters.
Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at the First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Vilas Cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Penwell-Gabel Johnson Chapel.
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