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Fern "Iris" Swarthout


1921 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Fern "Iris" Swarthout Obituary
WELLSVILLE - Fern "Iris"?Swarthout, 92, of Allentown, joined her husband of 69 years, Richard W. Swarthout, in Heaven on July 7, 2014.

She was born July 19, 1921, in Riggins Run, W.Va., the daughter of the late Wayne and Alice "Blanche"?Williams Allen.

She was a 1939 graduate of the Allentown Union Free School and had celebrated her 75th reunion this year. She was an active member of the Allentown United Methodist Church, singing in the choir and on the Board as Treasurer. She started work at the Allentown Union Free School as a dishwasher and worked her way up to head chef. Following the school closing, she worked in the Scio Central School until her retirement. She adored her card games, especially duplicate bridge. She coordinated the annual Jones Memorial Hospital Bridge Marathon for many years, which included over 50 players. In addition she, along with her husband, were volunteers for the County Meals on Wheels program. She enjoyed sewing, baking, reading, puzzles and time spent with her family. Her lifelong love and devotion was being a wife, mother and grandmother. She will be dearly missed. The family wished to thank all the staff at the Wellsville Manor who tended to her for the past year.

Surviving are two sons, Ronald W. (Bonnie)?Swarthout of Endwell, N.Y., and Gary L. (Virginia)?Swarthout of Spencerport, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Rodney (Pam)?Swarthout of Hubbard, Ohio, Dori Swarthout of Spencerport, N.Y., and Cheryl (Matt)?Grafton of Endwell, N.Y.; two great-grandchildren, Stacy and Olivia Swarthout of Hubbard, Ohio; nieces and nephews.

She was also predeceased by her husband; parents; sister, Lois Brundage; and brothers, Wayne and Ralph Allen.

Friends may call at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home in Wellsivlle on Friday (July 11, 2014) from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral and committal services will be held in the Allentown United Methodist Church on Saturday (July 12, 2014) at 11 a.m. with Pastor Vickie Hedlund officiating. Burial will be in the Maple Lawn Cemetery in Bolivar, N.Y.

In her memory, memorials may be made to the Allentown United Methodist Church.
Published in Wellsville Daily Reporter on July 8, 2014
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