Beverly Mae Swithin
Born: January 21, 1958
Died: August 18, 2021
Beverly Mae Swithin was born on January 21, 1958, at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet, Illinois. She grew up in New Lenox, Illinois and graduated from Lincoln Way Central High School in 1976. Beverly spent her adult years in Joliet, Illinois before retiring to Russellville, Alabama in spring of 2020.
Beverly began her career with Cornerstone Services, Inc. in 1979 at the age of twenty-one years old. During her career with Cornerstone Services as a Social Services Manager, she remained a loyal and fierce advocate for individuals with mental illness, developmental delays, and physical disabilities. She was highly respected in her agency and by other agencies throughout the state of Illinois for championing the rights of her clients. Beverly's knowledge of the SSDI/SSI system was unsurpassed, and she went above and beyond personally and professionally to ensure that her client's needs were met. Beverly did not see disabilities in her clients, she only saw abilities and potential. She made sure that every person who entered her office was treated with dignity and respect. Each client was special to her and each one left her office with a renewed sense of hope. Her service and dedication to Cornerstone Services, Inc. spanned forty-years and upon retirement in 2019, she had been employed longer than anyone in the history of the non-profit organization.
Volunteering and supporting charitable organizations such as Festival of Trees, Special Olympics and One Mom's Battle were of the utmost importance to Beverly. She devoted her life to being of service to others and her selflessness was an inspiration to those around her. There is no way to quantify the impact Beverly had on this world. She gave with her entire heart and never sought recognition.
Those who knew and loved Beverly will always remember the thought and sentiment that went into her gift-giving. Her gifts were always indicative of her kind, caring nature and at other times, her sense of humor.
Beverly loved to play board games, billiards and she loved to fish. She was the happiest when surrounded by close friends and family. Beverly loved to laugh, and her sense of humor will always be remembered by those closest to her. Beverly loved music and it was a huge part of her life. She wanted to be remembered by the song, "Spirit in the Sky," by Norman Greenbaum.
Beverly became a mother to her beloved son Adam, thirty-five years ago and Adam was her pride and joy. Beverly considered her niece, Tina Swithin, a daughter and for the past forty-six years, the two have shared an unbreakably, close bond. Beverly's children meant the world to her and becoming a grandmother to Jase made her life complete. In Beverly's heart, Tina's daughters, Makena and Kailani, were also her grandchildren.
Beverly is survived by her brother, Terry Swithin, son Adam Swithin (Jenni, Jase), niece Tina Swithin (Glenn, Makena and Kailani), aunt Ruby Garland, cousins Rick, Ron and Cindy (and countless other cousins). Beverly is also survived by many cherished nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Beverly was preceded in death by her parent's Norman Swithin and Mary King, as well as her stepfather, Jim King and her stepmother Dorothy Swithin. She was also preceded in death by her uncle and aunt, Lou and Lois Collins.
Beverly's life will be celebrated at a small, private gathering on September 18, 2021. Others are encouraged to celebrate Beverly's life and her "spirit in the sky," by making a donation or by doing a kind deed in her honor.
Published by The Herald-News from Sep. 16 to Sep. 18, 2021.