OBITUARY

Verna Ann Swinford

11 August, 194024 January, 2020
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Verna “Ann” Swinford born August 11, 1940 to Mozelle and Johnny Smith, in Wills Point, Texas. Ann went to be with the Lord on January 24, 2020, in Garland, Texas. In 1954, at age 13, Ann married Ruben “Lester” Swinford. They had three sons, Darren Lee, Derril Wayne and Dewayne Lee. Ann was a Hairdresser for many years and then worked in clock repair for Rosett & Motes. God called Ann and Lester to Music Evangelism in the early 70s. They traveled throughout the South East United States ministering in churches, State Prisons and jails. Ann was the first woman allowed to go into Angola State Prison in Louisiana to minister through song. She also made four Gospel albums during their ministry time. After, the Love of Her Life, Lester passed away she went back to school, earning her Certification as a Scrub Tech. She was a Scrub Tech at Medical City Dallas. She then became the Insurance Billing Coordinator at Baylor OB/Gyn and Associates of Garland, from where she retired. Ann was preceded in death by: Her Husband Lester Swinford, Parents Mozelle & Johnny Smith, Brother Eddie Smith, and Sister Wynona Watley. Other Sister and Brother-In-Laws and family members. Ann is survived by: Sons Darren Swinford & wife Elizabeth of Staten Island, New York, Derril Swinford & wife Vickie of Garland, Texas, Dewayne Swinford & wife Cindy of Providence Village, Texas. Brother Mike Smith & wife Verna of Van, Texas. Sister-In-Law Jan Smith of Mesquite, Texas. Grandchildren: Christy Swinford, Elizabeth & Jared Martin, Karianne Roberts, Joche & Jamie Santiago, Yanessa Santiago, Jessica & Shane McCormic, Traeh Whittington, Colin & Meagan Coats, Casey Coats, and two other Grand Daughters. Great Grandchildren: Caylop Patrick, Cameron & Carter Martin, Alyssa Swinford, Dixie Roberts, Jason Santiago, Kaiden Berry, Andrew & Destiny McCormic, Karter Coats and 4 other Great Grandchildren. A host of other Nieces and Nephews, Great Nieces and Nephews, and other family members.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, 29 January , 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, 29 January , 2020
  • Graveside Service Thursday, 30 January , 2020

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Christy Swinford

28 January 2020

This picture is very close to mine and Caylop’s heart, it was his first birthday and she made sure she was there! She got to watch him grow into an amazing young man and even attend his graduation, to say she was proud of him and loved him beyond measure is an understatement. We will always love and cherish our memories with you!

Austen Roberts

27 January 2020

You always made me feel accepted and welcomed. Alyssa and Dixie are very fortunate to have been able to spend the time the did with you, and will always cherish those memories.
Love & Miss You Granny!

Liz Duran Swinford

26 January 2020

It’s so difficult to say good by, so instead I’ll say see you later!

Debra Perez

26 January 2020

We were all blessed and loved by Aunt Ann. She was there for Debra and I when we were first married. Nobody excepted me except her and Grannie Mo. Thank God for them. We will miss her

Debra Perez

26 January 2020

She was a very special aunt to me. She understood me, loved me as I am, and loved my husband Tony and welcomed him in the family when others did not.
New Years day will never be the same.
We were all blessed beyond measure to have you in our lives.

Christy Swinford

25 January 2020

Christy Swinford

25 January 2020

Elizabeth Martin

25 January 2020

I remember countless nights staying up to the wee hours of the morning playing Monopoly at Grannie Ann’s, to waking up to breakfast being cooked, and many days spent at the Town East mall shopping endless hours. I remember having to model all our new outfits for everyone when we made it back to the house. Also, she loved to take us grand-girls to the movies on many occasions. I have fond memories of her tickling us, her laugh was quite contagious. How she used to hold us on the swing and rub our eyelashes with the top of her finger to help us drift off to sleep. She was a beautiful, selfless, loving woman of God and always instilled that into everyone she met. I will always cherish the memories I had with her and no one can take those away. I love you, Grannie! Until we meet again.. ❤️

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No one doubted that she enjoyed food!

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Elizabeth & Jared’s Wedding on April 22, 2017

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Dinner Date with Daddy and Grannie Ann

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Darren, Liz, & Grannie Ann at Elizabeth’s and Jared’s Wedding

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Caylop walking Grannie Ann to her seat at Elizabeth & Jared’s Wedding

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Grannie Ann holding her great-grandson, Cameron Andrew

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Elizabeth and her boys, Cameron & Carter with Grannie Ann at Pancho’s (One of our Favorite places to eat)

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Grannie Ann with two of her great-grandsons, Cameron & Carter