Shari Swofford Rhodes
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SHARI SWOFFORD RHODES Shari Swofford Rhodes, 71, passed away Sunday, December 20, 2009, at Christus St. Vincent's Hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico after a long struggle with cancer. She will be brought home to Paris, TX for a private burial at Evergreen Cemetery, beside her daughter, Stacy Rhodes Resch who died in 1988. A celebration of Shari's life will be held at a later date, to be announced. Shari worked for over 30 years in the film industry as a casting director, casting such movies as: Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Silverado, Tender Mercies and Terms of Endearment. She had been working in Albuquerque, NM in the area of television, casting: Crash, Breaking Bad and In Plain Sight. She was especially proud of being able to co-produce the movie "Man in the Moon", which was written by her dear friend, Jenny Wingfield. She was preceded in death by her father, Jewell Doyle Swofford; her brother, Timothy Clark Swofford; and her sister, Robin Swofford Engels; as well as her daughter, Stacy. She is survived by her mother, Elsie Julian of Paris, TX; son, Kenneth Doyle Rhodes of Los Angeles, CA; sisters: Phalia Blassingame and husband Jim of Paris, TX, Judy Young and husband Charles of Athens, GA; sister, Elyn Kahn and husband Roger of White, GA; brother, Mark Swofford and wife Deborah of Portland, OR; nieces, Susan Young of Santa Fe, NM, Jennifer Walsh of Athens, GA; and nephews, Wade Blassingame and Mark Blassingame and wife Jackie of Paris, TX; brother-in-law, Gene Engels of Sussex, NJ; and nephews: Ryan, Wade, and Jay Engels of Ithaca, NY and Sussex, NJ; three grand nieces, one grand nephew; and a host of dear friends. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Presbyterian Medical Services, Hospice Center, 1400 Chama Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87505.

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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Dec. 23, 2009.
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January 23, 2021
Shari was an amazing person and great at what she did!!! You will be missed, thanks, Larry Dembrun
Larry Dembrun
January 23, 2021
Shari was an amazing person and great at what she did!!! You will be missed, thanks, Larry Dembrun
Larry Dembrun
September 19, 2010
This is for Kenny,
I am sorry to learn of your mother's passing. I know that you loved her very much. I lost my mother too on
11-10-09. It is hard to lose someone who has always been there for you. Warmest Regards,
Jan Utter, Dallas, Texas
June 10, 2010
pam hartgrove
February 3, 2010
Shari spent the last 5 years in NM and she loved every place, person and sunset in the Land of Enchantment...
We were HS friends and both "loved" the Paris Baseball Team so much so that we made our Sr Trip to Lake Murry when the team was there too...So when we met up again in NM we had fun sharing memories and pictures of those days. Shari was a great singer and went on to much bigger career moves. Her life was one of friendship, love, happiness, fun, adventure and survival. Too soon and too short but she will be with us forever.
Marilyn Maysey
January 22, 2010
What a wonderful woman! My deepest condolences for Shari's family. I learned a lot from her and she was so encouraging and special.
Rebecca Lynch
January 12, 2010
sheila lang kevin ryan
January 8, 2010
Some people fill you up when you're around them. Shari filled you up to overflowing - and somehow always had more energy and heart and love to still give. What a special, inspiring, lovely firecracker of a woman. She will be truly missed.
Shannon Pinkston
January 7, 2010
I grieve for love passing
In darkness despair
Was once everlasting
Beyond all repair

In regret is contrition
A loss pained to bear
To hope and redemption
A comfort lies there

In sadness contentment
To fate I resign
Away is my star sent
A light that was mine

But love is not fleeting
Long as memory retains
And lament not forgetting
My heart she remains
Kenneth Rhodes
January 4, 2010
As a high school classmate I was sorry to hear of Shari's death. I remembered the dates we had together then. We often spoke of Shari at high school reunions and mused on what became of her life. We are glad to hear she made a lot of her time here and wish goodness for her family left behind.
Noel Kelley
January 3, 2010
Mom, I will miss you very much. Our short time of knowing each other, was just not enough for me. As I promised, I will take care of Kenny always. Pam
Pamela Bell
January 3, 2010
Judy, I am so sorry to hear of Shari's death. Please know that I shall be keeping you and your extended family in prayer. "the Lord bless you and keep you."
Grace C. Edwards
January 3, 2010
Our hearts are broken. I can't begin to explain whst Shari brought to our lives. From the moment we met Shari we became family. Not only was she my son's manager and mentor, acting coach and huge fan, she was our family. She loved hard and not a day went by that Mishon and myself didnt know her love. She was there when Mishon got his first agent and his first job. Even though she was in NM and us in Los Angeles she was always just a phone call away. We miss Shari.
Shontay Ratliff
January 2, 2010
Peace to the family. Thanks Shari for giving me Kenny - a shining light in my life.
Jonathan Woods
December 31, 2009
It is with deep sorrow that I learn of Shari's passing on 12-20-2009. She was a high school classmate and a friend. Her life accomplishments are clearly noteworthy which I am sure gives her family great pride. Our prayers for lasting peace go with Shari as our prayers of comfort go with her family.
Charles Chamberlin
December 27, 2009
Please accept our deepest sympathies.
Molly L'Roy Toon
December 26, 2009
What an incredible long and prosperous career working on some of the biggest movies. Im glad that I had the chance to be a part of that here in Texas and will never forget my first experience walking on to a movie set and meeting Shari,Elsie and Stacy.

James Clarke,Arlington,Texas
James Clarke
December 23, 2009
Shari stayed with us here in Denver here while back,she is the Godmother of grandchildren DJ,Jesse,Dominik,Jake and "Stacy" after (Stacy Rhodes Resch)She was and always will be the pillar of my strength we adopted three of our grand kids and Shari was a dominate part of that process. Like Debbie and Mark she was always helping out. Elsie,Kenny and the entire family THANK YOU for sharing her with so many.My Heart is BREAKING! The blessings she bestowed on ours and so many lives will never be forgotten.She casted Derek Googe in his first movie in 1984(Poison Ivy) and we have forever been family since.We love you Shari hug Stacy,and all our loved ones gone before.~ Tom and Linda Googe Family~ DENVER COLORADO(Lakewood)
December 23, 2009
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Vanessa Shackleford
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