Earla Denise Swayne

October 29, 1953October 11, 2021

PEKIN ~ Earla Denise Swayne, 67, of Pekin, passed away at 3:35 p.m. Monday, October 11, 2021 at UnityPoint Health in Pekin.

Born October 29, 1953 in Canton to Earl LeRoy and Donna Marie (Myers) Scott, she married David C. Swayne on November 26, 1988 in Peoria. He survives.

Also surviving are her mother, Donna Myers, of Pekin; one daughter, Stephanie (Jeff) Carrier of Casa Grande, Arizona; two grandchildren, Adam (Kaylee) Carrier and McKinleigh Carrier; one great-granddaughter, Clara Jo Carrier and two sisters, Doneta Brandt of Popular Grove and Debby (Roger) Bowton of Green Valley, Arizona. She also leaves her father-in-law, Jim Swayne of Pekin; two nephews, Steve Stairwalt and Justin Demott; three nieces, Kay Ellen Olsen, Jamie Brandt and Jennifer Huff and many great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father; one son, Donald Christopher Gaspar on June 1, 2013 and one nephew, Jim Brandt.

Earla worked for Foremost Technologies in Bartonville for 25 years, retiring as assistant office manager in 2015.

She lived life to the fullest and was always willing and able to help anyone in need. Earla had an infectious smile and a wonderful sense of humor.

Her private graveside service will be in Prairie Haven Cemetery in Pekin. There will be no visitation. Arrangements have been entrusted Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 Taps Lane, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Chuck Howard

October 20, 2021

Dave my prayers are with you. I know how much Earla was part of all of our lives and will be greatly missed by all.

Debby Bowton

October 16, 2021

Rest and be at peace my beloved sister.. I will miss you with all my heart always. Give Dad and Chris my love and I know we will all see each other again. I love you always, Deb

Kevin Pawlak

October 15, 2021

I am beyond sad to hear this news. I worked with Earla at Foremost for several years and she was always a very loyal and hard working person, putting customers ahead of all. In addition to her smile and sense of humor, she could always push you to do better. One fond memory dealt with me handing out fake lottery tickets to the office ladies years before they were well known. Earla having won 30K on the scratch off ( but only redeemable by the tooth fairy, Easter bunny, and Santa) could be heard whooping it up in the next room....Until the truth was found out...I was quickly told to "get out" before the lynch mob came after me headed by Earla. We had several laughs "years" later about it. Rest in peace, knowing your impact and memory on us all has been wonderful. My deepest sympathy for your Family with such a great loss.

Steve Harper

October 15, 2021

RIP Lil friend you were an absolute Angel..And I will always remember you..

Richard Smith

October 14, 2021

I have known Earla since we went to Kindergarten at Ingersoll School in Canton Illinois. Even though I haven't seen her for many years, I remember her as a very friendly and outgoing person.
Prayers and support for her entire family during this difficult time. God Bless you all!

Allen Smith

Nancy Eckhoff

October 13, 2021

Honey I know you are with Chris and having a good time. Love you with all my heart. Be good of course that maybe a tall order knowing you lol. To Dave and Stephanie so so sorry for your lost take care and travel the road ahead of you together. My deepest condolences to all of Earla family

Jennifer Morrissey

October 13, 2021

Earla and Dave have been our neighbors for several years. Earla had a very infectious smile that could light up a room. She never missed an opportunity to wave or say hello or stop and chat anytime I would see her. Soar on your new found wings and rest in peace my friend. Dave, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and everyone in your family.

Dawn M Verci

October 13, 2021

Earla, will be miss by many people. No matter how much pain she was in or just not having a good day, she always had a smile on her face. I will miss the time we spent together. I will miss our talks, but most of all I will miss you beautiful. Dave my deepest sympathy goes out to you, just know we are here for you. I don't care what time it is, just know my dear friend we are here for you. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Love you Earla! My heart is broken.

Laura Boone

October 12, 2021

Rest In Peace Earla. Stef my heart is with you xxoo

Erica Fisher

October 12, 2021

I have many memories of Earla dating back to when I met her daughter Stephanie in the 7th grade and became the bestest of friends. She had the biggest heart and would give the shirt off her back to anyone in need. My deepest sympathies to her loved ones. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.