Nelda Swearingen

Nelda Faye Clements Swearingen, 85, of Basalt, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at The Gables of Ammon. She is now reunited with her beloved husband, Jim Swearingen; daughter, Glenda Swearingen; and son, Rodney Swearingen.

Nelda was born Jan. 16, 1928, in Idaho Falls to Elias G. Clements and Harriet A. Albright Clements. She grew up and attended schools in Idaho Falls.

On Aug. 3, 1944, she married Jim Cecil Swearingen in Idaho Falls. Nelda and Jim made their home in Basalt, Idaho.

She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Nelda was a devoted wife and mother. She spent her years loving, nurturing and raising her children. They were her greatest joy. She also enjoyed reading and crocheting dish rags.

Nelda called The Gables of Ammon her home for the last year and a half, where she made good friends, played bingo and was very happy.

We would like to extend a big thanks to Lola Swearingen, family and friend. Nelda thought the world of her, as do the rest of the family. She was there all the time.

Nelda is survived by her daughters, Anonna LaRae Sargent of Arizona, and Terry Faye Hastings and Shauna Lucile (Larry) Justesen, both of Basalt; sons, James Bryan (Shirley) Swearingen of Caldwell, Idaho, Dwayne Elias (Carol) Swearingen of Shelley and Michael Lyndon Swearingen of Idaho Falls; brothers, Gomer Lyndon Clements and Gaylord Gwene Lake; sisters, Dona Luan Jensen and Carol LaRae Hemming; 19 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Rodney; infant daughter, Glenda; and her brother, Glen.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at Rose Hill Cemetery, 2355 Rollandet Ave., with Bishop Guy Barrus officiating. The family will visit with friends from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at Wood Funeral Home. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

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Published in Post Register on Nov. 1, 2013