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Gainesville - Louise Swift, 93, passed away June 18, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. Marie Louise Nadeau was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 29, 1919. Louise graduated from Immaculata High School in 1937, and played oboe in the Wurlitzer Band in Chicago. She graduated from Northwestern University in 1941 with a liberal arts degree. During her college years she was president of her Chi Omega sorority chapter, served on the Panhellenic Council, was in Shiai Honorary Society, played oboe in the Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of Mortar Board.

On July 6, 1941, she married Frederick James (Jim) Swift Junior. While Dr. Swift served his country during World War II, they lived in Louisiana, North Carolina, and California. When Dr. Swift was deployed overseas, Louise moved with their young son, Frederick III to Oak Park, Illinois.

After his military service ended, the young couple moved to Maquoketa, Iowa, where Dr. Swift was a family practitioner and surgeon. In 1951 they added Nancy to their family. In addition to caring for her family, Louise found time to actively participate in her community. She was a troop leader for the Girl Scouts, a member of Beta Sigma Phi service sorority, and performed in Peace Pipe Players, a local theater group. She also found the time to become a private pilot and was a member of the Ninety-Nines, a women's flying organization. She also flew in the Sky Derby.

Louise and Jim moved to Gainesville, Florida in 1970. In Gainesville she was a member of the Gainesville Garden Club, the Bonsai Society of Gainesville, and Queen of Peace Catholic Church. She also served as a volunteer with the soup kitchen at St. Francis House and at Shands Hospital.

Louise is survived by her daughter, Nancy Swift Chapman and her husband, David Chapman of Fort Worth, Texas; son, Aaron Green of Salem MA; granddaughter, Jessica Chapman and her husband, Emmanuel Dimiccoli of Paris, France; and sister-in-law, Regina Sagers of Amana, Iowa.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, July 13, 2013, 11:00 AM, at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 10900 SW 24th Avenue, Gainesville, FL, 32607, with Father Jeffery McGowan as celebrant.

Published in Gainesville Sun from July 11 to July 12, 2013
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