MULKEYTOWN -- Leona Caroline Swisher, 82, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Stonebridge Senior Care Center in Benton.
She was a homemaker.
Leona was born Jan. 26, 1931, in Grand Tower to Fount and Pearl (Sumner) Johnson.
She married Leon "Skip" Swisher on Sept. 30, 1950, in Carbondale for a wonderful 47 years till his death March 12, 1998.
Survivors include her daughters, Cherie and husband, Gary Browning, of Mulkeytown, Paula and husband, David Payne, of Benton and Amy and husband, Jeff Jones, of Wylie, Texas; special granddaughter, Angie Worley of Mulkeytown; special grandsons, Joey Browning of St. Louis and Cory Payne of Benton; and very special great-grandson, Braden Worley of Mulkeytown.
Leona was a very avid quilter and made many beautiful quilts, several that she shared with her daughters. Leona was a loving mother, wife, grandmother and friend to many.
Leona was the youngest of seven siblings, all very close through the years. Preceding her in death were five sisters, Ester, Beulah, Lela, Flora, Norma; and one brother, Raymond.
She will be sadly missed by her family and three very special friends, Bob and Betty Johnson and Sandy Milby.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, in Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with the Rev. David Sorensen officiating. Burial will be in Ward Cemetery in Mulkeytown. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today, Oct. 30, at the funeral home.
For more information, visit www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com