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.
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Dec. 23, 2009.