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Betty Moss Swygert

February 4, 1934April 23, 2014

Betty M. Swygert passed away on April 23, 2014. She was the daughter of E. Max Moss and Julia DeLoach Moss and was born in Statesboro, Ga. She grew up in Chicago, IL and Savannah, GA. She graduated from Wesleyan College in Macon, GA with a Fine Arts degree; and, thereupon, she returned to Savannah where she taught art at her high school alma mater, Savannah High School. Betty had been selected by the Savannah Junior Chamber of Commerce upon her high school graduation as the most outstanding girl in 1950. At Wesleyan, she was a member of The Senate, a part of the College Government Association; a House President; Co-President of the Art Club; Art Editor for several publications; and a Senior Superlative. The 1954 yearbook summed-up Betty this way, “…we always feel that she is going somewhere, and we have no doubt that it will be far.” While teaching at Savannah High School, Betty met then-First Lieutenant Donald R. Swygert, a U. S. Army Corps of Engineers officer who was stationed with the Corps’ Savannah District. They were introduced by Betty’s uncle who was an attorney with the District. They were subsequently married at then-Hunter Air Force Base in Savannah. Betty and Don first lived at Fort Benning, GA; then College Station, TX; Fort Belvoir, VA; Verdun, France; Troy, NY; West Point, NY; Mokuleia, HI; Quantico Marine Base, VA; New Cumberland Army Depot, PA; Carlisle, PA; and Alexandria, VA. Betty was especially active as a leader in the various women’s chapel groups where they were stationed. She also was a member and frequent leader of community ladies’ groups which always had community-service projects. Additionally, while they were stationed at West Point, NY, Betty taught Nursery School for two years. A number of her charges were later graduates of the United States Military Academy itself. She served a term as President of the Army Engineer Officers Wives Club and was otherwise often an officer of the same club and its successor, the Army Engineer Spouses Club. She loved travelling both in the United States and abroad; and, during the early years following her husband’s retirement, they were able to travel extensively to Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, often times re-visiting places they had lived and where her husband had served. She was a talented artist, using either oils or water colors, and painted beautiful scenes from places where they had lived in France and the United States. Unfortunately, the family has all too few of her paintings today. Betty was a loving and caring mother who successfully nurtured her four children to adulthood, sometimes in the prolonged absence of their father who was on an unaccompanied military assignment or away at war. Betty’s and Don’s happy marriage endured for almost 59 years, being terminated by Betty’s death after a long illness. She is survived by her husband, Colonel (USA, Ret.) Donald R. Swygert; two daughters, Susan L. Swygert of Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, and Carol L. Swygert of Cumberland, MD; two sons, Donald R. Swygert, Jr. (Lisa) of Mooresville, NC, and John Stephen Swygert of Cumberland, MD;, four granddaughters and one grandson; a great-granddaughter and two great-grandsons; several nieces and a nephew; and a host of cousins. She was pre-deceased by her brother, John E. Moss. Demaine Funeral Home, 520 S. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 549-0074, is managing arrangements. A memorial service will be held at the Belvoir Chapel (intersection of 12th St. and Belvoir Road), Fort Belvoir, VA on Saturday, May 17, at 2:30 p.m. A reception will follow at 4:00 p.m. at the Cedar Knoll Inn (just north of Mount Vernon and adjacent to the George Washington Memorial Parkway), 9030 Lucia Lane, Alexandria, VA. Betty will be interred at the West Point Cemetery at West Point, NY on May 30, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family recommends that donations be made to your charity of choice in Betty’s memory


Betty Moss Swygert

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May 13, 2015

Today is May 13,2015, I wrote on this page a year ago today.
Momma I think about you every single day.
I love you and miss you so very much every day.
lots of love always,
your loving daughter, Carol Lynn

Donnie Swygert

June 12, 2014

Missing my Mom . . . a picture from a happier time: Ski Trip with the USMA Class of 1952 at Beaver Creek in Avon, Colorado.

I think of you continually.

Love, Donnie

Elizabeth Tassa

May 21, 2014

We Love & Miss You So Much Grandmommy xoxo
Love always and forever
Julio, Matthew & Elizabeth

Carol Swygert

May 13, 2014

My mother was truly a beautiful and wonderful blessing in my families life, my life and everyone she touched.
Every day was an adventure. I loved my mother very much and the last few months of her life I will always cherish the most.
My mother taught me a lot about life, love and always to be myself.
Mommy, I will cherish everything you taught me. You were my beautiful mother and I will always love you and I will never ever forget you.
Please watch over us and we will see you again one day.

April 29, 2014

Sorry for the loss of your wonderful mother. May God comfort every one in your family. Jennifer Hulburt Jenkins (Leicester, NC)

Janet Sullivan

April 29, 2014

The family of Warren Sullivan send our deepest sympathies. It was our privilege to share a wonderful dinner with Betty and Col. Swygert last year. What an outstanding evening we had together. You will continue in our prayers.

Sterling Swygert

April 29, 2014


I love you so much and am glad I was able to visit you earlier this spring. I will always remember all of our beautiful and wonderful trips to Beaver Creek and West Point, as well as our incredible trip to Europe when I was young. God bless you and may you rest in peace.

your grandson,
Sterling Swygert

Michelle Ferry

April 27, 2014

I remember the many funny stories of my Aunt Betty and my dad (her brother, John) growing up. I have two favorites that he told me. One was about the time Aunt Betty and Dad went to go see 'South Pacific' (with a cork gun!); and the other was about my Aunt Betty teaching my dad the importance of enunciation. 'How now brown cow'. I love the memories that have been passed down to me and my sister. Aunt Betty will live on in the sharing of these memories with our kids. She was a lady in every sense of the word and had an incredible life. My dad always said she was a great big sister and I should look to her for inspiration on how to be outstanding in life. I love you Aunt Betty. You are dearly missed. Hope you and Johnny get to share a few laughs now. All our love in Georgia.

April 27, 2014

My deepest sympathies to the family.I never met Mrs.Swygert,but after having Carol as a lifetime friend,I feel that I know the qualities of Mrs.Swygert.Carol has exhibited the deepest love,and loyalty to her friends,and displays a love for life,and a respect for people,that only is learned from a great,wonderful,mom.Heaven has received a great soul.

Elizabeth Tassa

April 27, 2014

When Matthew grows up I'm going to tell him all about you & teach him what you have taugh me! Thank you so much for teaching me how to be a wonderful person, strong heart & the love of art.
We love you so much.