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Hope Miller Swamer

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Hope Miller Swamer of West Grove Hope Miller Swamer, 87, of West Grove, died on November 15, 2011, at Jennersville, Pa. She was the widow of Frederic W. Swamer, and the widow of Clarence S. Miller. She is survived by her children, MaryAnn Russ of Dallas, Texas, Alan Todd Miller of Quakertown, John Malcolm Miller of Bellingham, Wash., Martha Jane Hill of Sarasota, Fla., Elizabeth Hope LeVan of Shunk, Pa.; five grandchildren, Phoebe Long Faden of Lewisburg, Racer Richard LeVan of Chicago, Ill., Claire Elizabeth Russ of Philadelphia, John Gregory Russ of Dallas, Texas, and Jennie Ann Russ of Olympia, Wash.; and two great-grandchildren, Otto Roy Faden and Mette Hope Faden of Lewisburg. Two step-daughters also survive, Joanne Swamer Kopp of Hoboken, N.J. and Sandra Swamer Mulligan of Newark, Del. Mrs. Swamer was preceded in death by her sister, Jane Crittenden Harris, and her two brothers, Todd Crittenden and Jordan Crittenden. Mrs. Swamer was born in Casper, Wyo., daughter of Ruth Meller Crittenden and John J. Crittenden. She grew up in Wichita, Kan., graduated from East High School there in 1941, and from the University of Kansas with a degree in music education in 1945. In 1972 she received a master's in music education from West Chester State University. Her college honors include Mu Phi Epsilon, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Mortar Board. For many years she gave piano lessons in her home. She was active in music at the Church of the Advent, Kennett Square, serving as assistant organist/choir director, substitute organist and choir member. She taught at West Chester Friends, at Marbrook School in Delaware, and retired from ten years of teaching at Elwyn Institutes. Elwyn published her book, Music Curriculum for Developmentally Delayed Students. Since retirement, she volunteered with Meals on Wheels, the Longwood Gardens Horticultural Library, the Adult Day Care center in West Chester, and the Tick Tock Shop. Her memorial service will be at 3 p.m., Saturday, December 3, at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, 401 N. Union Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Church of the Advent, Memorial Fund, 201 Crestline Drive, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Arrangements by the Foulk & Grieco Funeral Home, West Grove. (Phone: 610-869-2685)

Published in The Daily Local on Nov. 17, 2011
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