Cotten Funeral Home

2201 Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC


Harriet Gail Swain

January 22, 1944October 2, 2019

Harriet Gail Council Swain, 75, of Aurora, passed away on October 2, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Swain.

Gail was employed in the medical field for many years as a medical transcriptionist. She enjoyed researching family history and geneaology and devoted many years to gathering information about the Nelson, Land and Council families. Gail loved animals and was especially fond of her dogs.

She is survived by her daughter, Kelly Beals and her son, Daniel Moore; several cousins and friends.

Graveside memorial service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, October 13, 2019 at Cedar Grove Cemetery Extension with the Rev. Owen Peele officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given in her memory to Dublin Grove FWB Church, c/o Fay Peele, 282 Peele Road, Aurora, NC 27806.


  • Graveside Memorial Service Sunday, October 13, 2019


Harriet Gail Swain

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Fairly Land Tull

October 11, 2019

Dear Kelley and Daniel,

I am saddened to learn of Gail’s passing. She was a dear cousin. We shared the love of family history and genealogy. She was and is my inspiration. She always impressed me with her willingness to assist others at all stages of their genealogy research. She was so kind and generous with my husband Clyde and me when we visited her a number of years ago. I pray that God gives you peace and fulfillment in the knowledge that Gail was a contribution to so many of us who love her.

Love and hugs,
Cousin Fairly