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Submitted by: JP Smith

Nora Swart

Provided by Denise Nelson, 3/2001
Local newspaper article:

Mrs. Nora Swart, route two Elwood, the second oldest resident of Madison county and the oldest resident of Elwood died Friday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Felix Burchette, 1305 South Anderson Street.

She was 103 years old at the time of her death. She was born June 4, 1886, at Middletown, to Cy and Elizabeth McWilliams. A member of the Madison County Senior Citizens Club, she also attended the Christian church. She was married to William A. Swart in 1885. He preceded her in death in 1935.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Felix Burchette, and Mrs. Wava Barber of Frankton: one son Chester of Long Beach, California; 15 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the Copher and Fesler funeral home Monday at 2p.m. The Rev. Ralph Richardson of the East Main Christian church will be in charge of the rites. Burial will be in the Elwood cemetery mausoleum. Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Nora was quite old when she wanted to travel from Indiana to California to attend a wedding. Gladys was very against the trip, and told her she could not go. The next time Gladys got a phone call from Nora, it was from California! She had asked a friend to help her get to the airport, and made the trip on her own, attending the wedding and proving she wasn't too old and frail after all. As remembered by Glen Smith, 2/02/2002.

[Provided by Denise Nelson, 3/2001.]

Nora applied for a Social Security Account Number (312-40-2297) on October 26, 1956, at age 88 years.