Obituary: Mary McSwain


Funeral services for Mary McSwain of Hanceville, Alabama will be at 1 p.m. Friday, June 5, 2020 at Hanceville Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Shelton Grove Cemetery. Reverend Scott Guthery will be officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. McSwain passed away at the age of 86 June 2, 2020.

Mary Welch was born July 26, 1933 in Cullman, Alabama. She grew up in the Shelton Grove community in Cullman. She was the daughter of George and Mamie Welch and was a sister to seven siblings. On September 10, 1952 she married Elvin (Doc) McSwain and was a devoted mother to two daughters, Joan and Nina. Mary, along with her husband, owned and operated several businesses in Dodge City.

In her life, Mary Emily McSwain was known for many things. Gardens trimmed neatly and blooming bright. A welcoming home decorated to a T. She was never too busy for a visit from family or friends. Her artwork showing the love of her family, children, and grandchildren she painted with smiles and rosy cheeks. She played the piano, made porcelain dolls, and her kitchen stayed full of homemade goodies and treats. Mary was well-known for all of these things, yet her disposition and character outshined them all. Always happy. Always sweet. Her smile and her laughter were contagious. Her strong faith showed through with grace and love for everyone. She was a delight and rare treasure. She will be deeply missed and wonderfully remembered.

Mary is preceded in death by her husband Elvin (Doc) McSwain; her parents George and Mamie Welch; and her siblings Ed Welch, Gilbert Welch, Clifford Welch, Tracy Welch, Eunice Welch, Catherine Welch, and Woodrow Welch.

She is survived by her daughters Joan (Jerry) Lynn and Nina (Billy) Harvison; grandchildren Jennifer Lynn, Jason (Mandi) Lynn, Jani Judkins, Trent (Brittany) Judkins, and Clay Judkins; great-grandchildren Rebecca Lynn, Cody Lynn, Levi Lynn, Brody Lacey, Ben lacey, Olivia Drake, Madison Lambert, Brailey Judkins, and Emma Judkins; and a host of nieces and nephews.