A funeral mass celebrating the life of Carol Swift, 82, was held 11 A.M., Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Madisonville. Father Mark Kusmirek officiated the service, and burial followed in Allphin Cemetery in rural Madison County.
Carol Ann Swift was born July 2, 1936 in Queens, New York to Leslie John & Dorothy Francis (Gandolf) Swift. She attended St. Vincent de Paul elementary and St. Agnes Academy in Houston. Carol received her nursing degree from Incarnate Word University in San Antonio. She established her nursing degree as a religious nun. She served as a nun in the Sisters of the Holy Ghost for twenty years. Carol was very loving and compassionate and took her life as a nun very seriously.
Carol worked as a nurse throughout the state of Texas and also taught prenatal care in nursing. She always went out of her way to help people in need and donated to many organizations.
Carol passed away March 20, 2019 in Conroe, Texas and was preceded in death by both of her parents. She is survived by daughter, Eva Marie Powell of Conroe; brothers, John C. Swift, Sr. of Longview and Leslie John Smith, Jr. of Houston; sister, Mary Catherine Swift of Houston and grandchildren, Amber Nicole Akin, Desire Rene Macina and Monroe Stanley Powell, IV.
The following is written by Carol's daughter, Eva:
I have tremendous gratitude for the life I shared with my mother. We were very open with one another sharing our feelings, laughter, tears, and some bickering here and there. The conversations and closure we were able to have were a gift. I will miss her forever.
In my mother's life there was hardship but also huge blessings. My mother's death, as is often the case, was similar to her life as a whole in this way. It was an invaluable experience to have along with my family then by my mother's side in her final days and nights.
In my mother's Final hours she became restless and anxious. With her best friend Kay Jo'' help I placed the rosary and my mom's left hand and the crucifix in her right hand as she gripped the crucifix and kissed Jesus has had she said she wanted to go home. So keijo and my mama and I prayed for my mother in her time of need.
And her final moments the peace and Tranquility that came over my mom's face was breathtaking. She was beautiful and glorious as an angel as she transitioned out of this world and into the next. I rest knowing that Mom was greeted by Jesus, Mary, and Joseph along with her loved ones who went before her.
My mother adopted me at an early age. I always felt close to my mother, but our relationship was a paradox. On the surface the way we have lived our lives may seem contrary, however in spite of traditional and generational differences, our core strengths and beliefs were so congruent; and it was the spirit with which my mother and parted love that transcended all our differences.
My mother's core motivating force was -LOVE and it was her unconditional love that has had a profound impact on the very essence of who I am. My mother lives on in my heart.
She gave me the foundation on which my whole life is built. A calling to live a life of service and to help make the world a better place. This is the greatest lesson my mother instilled in me, how to be caring, affectionate, forgiving, and empathetic towards others especially those in need.
She exemplified service, be it to the elders she cared for. The many babies she brought into the world or caring for my grandma Dot and my aunt Iva, or her persistent efforts for her friends, family, stray animals and the many organizations she donated to.
My mother Carol was a force for spreading good in the world, and her Legacy- this compelling force of good continues in the many of us here and around the world and whose lives she's touched.
Arrangements were under the direction of Madisonville Funeral Home in Madisonville, Texas.