Shari Swanson

Shari Marie McGarr Swanson, our beloved angel, passed away peacefully at her home on July 1, 2013 at the age of 63. She was born in San Antonio, Texas to Jean Battaglia and John McGarr and was a 4th generation Texan. She was the oldest of 4 siblings and was their role model. She attended Robert E. Lee High School and graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a degree in Education. She was captain of the Strutters Dance Team and in Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. She was crowned Miss Teena Texas and All College Beauty as well as many other pageant titles. Her breath-taking outer beauty paled in comparison to her selfless and giving nature that was her true beauty. Her walk with the Lord began at the age of two when her Daddy took her to Sunday school at Jefferson Methodist Church. She was then a member of Alamo Heights Methodist Church for 35 years where she was actively involved in Sunday school and the Wedding Guild. She was also a devoted member of Bible Study Fellowship. Shari taught Home-Economics at Eisenhower Middle School for 26 years where she guided and inspired countless students and impacted their lives beyond the classroom. Shari's passions included cooking, traveling and family. She had an elegant and graceful demeanor that was precious to everyone that knew her throughout her life. She will be truly missed by all. She was preceded in death by her father, John McGarr, and grandmother, Stella (Battaglia) Burge. Shari is survived by her devoted husband of 32 years, Jack Swanson; daughter, Lori Eldridge Osborn and grandson Owen Osborn; son, Bryant Eldridge; mother, Jean (Battaglia) McGarr; siblings, Terri Moran (John), John McGarr (Cindy), and Rick McGarr (Robyn) and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, family members and dear friends. The family extends a grateful thanks to Elizabeth Davis and the caregivers who helped take care of Shari in recent years.

MONDAY, JULY 8, 2013
1:00 P.M.
The family invites guests to wear light colors in honor of Shari.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be made, in Shari's name, to the Alamo Heights United Methodist Church Wedding Guild.
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Arrangements with

Funeral Home

Porter Loring Mortuary - North Location
2102 N. Loop 1604 East San Antonio, TX 78232
(210) 495-8221

Published in Express-News on July 7, 2013