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Edith Nell McAden Swift passed away Dec. 5, 2020

Edith Nell McAden Swift passed away Dec. 5, 2020

Edith Swift left this world on December 5, 2020, and has been received into Heaven and the loving arms of her Savior, Jesus.

She was born Edith Nell McAden, the fourth child of six children, to Carl W. and Leska (Mansker) McAden in Ballinger, Texas, on April 13, 1926. Edith was the last surviving sibling of the six children.

She married Ira Wayne Swift in Ballinger on February 1, 1947. Wayne preceded her in death on January 9, 1996.

Edith and Wayne lived and raised their family in Ballinger, Abilene, and, until his death, Odessa, Texas. She was a homemaker, loving mother, assistant breadwinner, seamstress-tailor, and remarkable cook. Her energy was tireless and her humor was contagious.

Edith loved Christ’s churches and the people who attended them.  She was a faithful member of the Lutheran Church of the Risen Lord in Odessa. While living in Odessa, her favorite service and “labor of love” was cooking for Kindred Care, a meal outreach to the elderly. 

After her husband’s death, Edith moved to Midland to be nearer her children. She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, volunteered for Meals on Wheels, and was a “Pink Lady” at Midland Memorial-West Campus.  

From Midland, Edith moved to Sunrise Beach, Texas, where she was a member of the Federated Church of Sunrise Beach and Kingsland Community Church in Kingsland. While living in the Texas Hill Country, Edith was a member of the Sunrise Beach Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and began her Aprons of Love ministry. Edith made over 250 aprons and joyously distributed each of them with an abundance of love as she exemplified God’s grace. 

Her last move was to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where her daughter’s family now resides. Edith went to her heavenly home from Tulsa. She will be interred at Old Runnels Cemetery in Ballinger at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 19, 2020. 

Edith is survived by her son and his wife, Charles and Joanna Swift of Junction, Texas; daughter and her husband, Kandice and Paul Simmons of Tulsa; three grandchildren, Luke Swift (wife Shane), Ellen Hargrove, and Bethany Dean (husband Jason); eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

She had amazing blue eyes that would wink occasionally at everyone she loved, and she loved everyone. We will miss our beloved Mother, Granny, and GiGi but rejoice in knowing she heard these words:

“Well done good and faithful servant: Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord!”

Arrangements are entrusted to Schaudt’s Tulsa Funeral Service. Family and friends may send memories and condolences to the family online at

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