Woodward, Okla. — Mary L. Swafford, 71 year old former Woodward resident, died Monday, June 18, 2012 in Tulsa. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2012 in the First Christian Church with the Reverend Gene Spillman officiating. Interment will be in the Elmwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Billings Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.
Mary Louise (Ashton) Coffey Swafford was born on January 31, 1941 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Fredrick Thomas and Dolly Louise (Johnson) Ashton. Mary was reared in Oklahoma City and graduated from Central High School in 1959. She attended Central State University and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and her Masters in Special Education. Mary was united in marriage to Nance Marland Coffey and they were blessed with two daughters, Deborah and Ruth. The family moved to Woodward in 1966 and Mary went to work for the Woodward schools as a Special Education Teacher.
Mary was married to Johnny Lee Swafford on July 16, 1976 in Woodward, Oklahoma. They made their home in Woodward. Mary continued working as a teacher until her retirement in 2001. After her retirement, Mary stayed very active as a volunteer for the Lady Elks, Hospital Auxiliary, the American Cancer Society, and the Oklahoma Retired Educators.
She was a member of the First Christian Church. Mary loved spending time with her family and friends and watching her grandson’s sporting events.
She is survived by her two daughters, Deborah Coffman and husband Donnie of Broken Arrow, Ruth Francis and husband Brad of Alma, Arkansas; one grandson, Chris Jensen and wife Kelly of Bixby; one great grandson, Channing Jensen; brother-in-law, John Culbert of Oklahoma City; other relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Johnny on May 30, 1994, and a sister, Judy Culbert.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society with the funeral home accepting the contributions.
Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com