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Gladys Goebel Swearingen was born Aug. 9, 1922, in Bellville. 

The daughter of Reinhold and Selma Himly Goebel, she grew up in Cat Spring and Millheim, and attended the Millheim schools.

Gladys married Wesley Swearingen in Bellville on July 2, 1940. They made their home in Millheim and were members of St. John Lutheran Church in Bellville. 

A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Gladys enjoyed being a homemaker.  She was a great cook, and her family especially  loved her dewberry pies. She loved taking care of her cows, making hay and shredding.  And, in her younger years, she enjoyed trapping and skinning raccoons with her grandsons. She was an avid domino player, and taught her great grandchildren how to play.

Gladys passed away Monday, July 12, 2010 in a Bryan hospital at the age of 87.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law Nancy Swearingen of Millheim; grandchildren Kevin Swearingen of Bellville, Chad Swearingen and his wife, Laura, of Sealy, and Marci Rabius and her husband, Butch, of Cat Spring; great grandchildren  Brandon, Taylor, Courtney, Rayann and Callen; step great grandson Trevor and his wife, Jaclyn; step great-great granddaughter Paityn. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law Sydell Swearingen and Nettie Swearingen; nephews Tommy Stewart and his wife, Debbie, and Mike Stewart and his wife, Jackie; nieces Francis Sechelski and her husband, Pat, and Gwen Reinhardt; and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Wesley, son, Calvin Swearingen, infant daughter, Delores Swearingen, brothers-in-law, Jasper Swearingen and his wife Isabell, Aaron, Marvin and Jake Swearingen, and sister-in-law:  Myrtle Stewart.

 Funeral Service was held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor David Henske and Pastor Jennie Jones officiating.

Scripture was read by Jackie Stewart and Cheryl Reynolds.  Burial followed in the Millheim Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Tommy Stewart, Mike Stewart, Neil Aschenbeck, Jeff Haugen, Pat Sechelski and John Stewart. 

Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the Millheim Cemetery Association, 4787 FM 949, Sealy, TX 77474.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, 12029 Hwy. 36 South, P.O. Box 610, Bellville, TX 77418 - (979) 865-2424 - 

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