Mrs. Lillian Marie (Duryea) Swick, 96, of Norfolk passed away at her home, Heritage of Bel-Air, Jan. 16, 2011, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Lillian was born March 14, 1914, to Isaac and Inger Marie “Mary” (Matson) Duryea. She grew up in Blaine and Custer Counties, graduating from Merna High School in 1930.
June 14, 1936, she married Louis Oliver Swick at the Broken Bow Christian Church parsonage with Pastor W.A. Baldwin officiating. To this union one child was born, Janice Louise Swick.
Lillian spent her life taking care of her family and those around her. Lillian loved to cook, sew and garden. Many people enjoyed her dinners, baked goods and flowers.
She was an active member of the Lillian Church of Christ, and was baptized by immersion in the Gates River by Guy B. Dunning, June 7, 1938.
Lillian taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for 30 years. She was an active member of Lillian Church Willing Workers and the Lillian Women’s Club.
Lillian was preceded in death by her husband, Louis; her parents; her in-laws, Oliver and Hope Swick; five sisters, Naomie Zackary and husband Nidgal, Anna McLaughlin and husband Lawny, Viola Rowe and husband Vern, Fern Myers and husband Adrian, Rosia Kennedy and husband Glenn; two brothers, Leo Duryea and wife Jenny, Noble Duryea and wife Dora.
Lillian is survived by her daughter, Janice Swick of Norfolk; and a host of nieces and nephews, grand and great-great, as well as her extended family and care givers at Heritage of Bel-Air.
Lillian’s family is very grateful to all the caregivers and administrators of Heritage of Bel-Air who stepped up in Lillian’s final months to give her a home filled with excellent loving care.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. at the Lillian Church of Christ north of Broken Bow with Pastor Bob Dainton officiating. Burial will be in the Gates Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the church. A lunch will follow the visitation. Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials have been suggested to the Lillian Church of Christ or the Alzheimer's Research Center in St. Paul, Minn.