VERDA RUTH (KEMPER) SWAGERTY
Verda Swagerty, 86, beloved Mother and Grandmother, returned to her heavenly home on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. She had been in the loving care of her daughter in Great Bend, Kansas. Verda was the daughter of George Emmett and Jessie Ruth (Sutton) Kemper. She was born on July 10, 1929 in Liberal, Kansas. On November 16, 1947, in Clayton, New Mexico she married her sweetheart, Harold Eugene Swagerty, after being smitten with him since she was 14. They were blessed with three children. Harold preceded her in death on April 25, 2013.
Verda did bookkeeping, and tax preparation for many years. She was an active lifelong member of the First Church of God, associate member of the Second Division “Indianhead”, 23rd Infantry Regiment, Company F, genealogical societies, poetry club, and VFW Auxiliary. She loved lighthouses, traveling with Harold to Army and family reunions, and to the Owsley Family Historical Society annual meetings. Her love of chocolate and sense of humor was passed on to her children, and grandchildren. Most importantly, her love of family and Heavenly Father is what she cherished.
Survivors include her daughter, Janell Jean Swagerty Summers and spouse Cliff of Great Bend, Kansas, two sons, Arden Craig Swagerty and wife Carla of Moore, Oklahoma, Emery Varnell Swagerty of Liberal, Kansas. Eight grandchildren, Stephanie Summers, Shane Summers (Angie), Liberty Miller (Scott), Dustin Summers (Briannie), Traci Fleming (Nate), Benjamin Swagerty, Amber Che’ Kriesel (Nathan), and Jessica Swagerty. Twenty great-grandchildren that called her Grandma-Great, many beloved relatives, “adopted” grandchildren and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Robert Kemper, infant sisters Velma and Emily Kemper, Opal Kemper Neckash, and Arlene Kemper Bath.
Memorials have been established for First Church of God, Hugoton. Memorials may be mailed to Paul’s-Robson Funeral Home, PO Box 236, Hugoton, KS 67951.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you drink a Dr. Pepper, enjoy a bowl of ice cream, or share some M & M’s with a friend as these were treats Verda enjoyed.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 10:30 am at First Church of God in Hugoton. Graveside services will follow immediately at the Hugoton Cemetery with Pastor Israel presiding. Dedication of the final resting place will be by Bishop Dustin Summers.
Friends may call Tuesday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm at Paul’s-Robson Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Paul’s-Robson Funeral Home, Hugoton is in charge of arrangements.