Eileen Swain, 73

OCT. 3, 1937-FEB. 1, 2011

February 03, 2011
  • Eileen Swain
Eileen Swain

HANCOCK, Md. — Eileen Swain, age 73, of Hancock, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at her home.

Born Oct. 3, 1937, in Fulton County, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Chester and Isabelle Ray Bishop, and the widow of James W. Swain who died Feb. 19, 1999.

She was a 1955 graduate of Southern Fulton High School, Warfordsburg, Pa.

She had been employed as a cashier and in customer service for McKinley’s Food Market, Dollar General and Harry’s Food Market all in Hancock, Md.

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Hancock, Md., and served the community in numerous ways.

She is survived by four daughters, Pamela Smith and husband, Greg, of Big Cove Tannery, Pa., Starla Ward and husband, Jim Jr., of Hagerstown, Md., Tina Thomas of Clear Spring, Md., Sherri Kratz and husband, Bill, of Hancock; one son, Dennis Swain of Hancock; two sisters, B. Geraldine Shives of Hancock, Velma Mann of Warfordsburg, Pa.; grandchildren, Beth Keidel and husband, George, of Falling Waters, W.Va., Deidre Swain and fiance, Allen Omps, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va, Anthony Smith and fiancee, Amanda Weller, Brad and Megan Smith of Mercersburg, Pa., Keith Ward of Hagerstown, Jason Ward of Knoxville, Tenn., Rebecca Shoemaker and husband, Chris, of Hancock, Zita Thomas of New York City, N.Y., Meladie Thomas and fiance, Nick Gadoury, of Hancock, Logan Houser of Clear Spring, Md., Bryan Kratz of Hancock; great-grandchildren, Kolen and Aubri Smith of Chambersburg, Pa., and Owen and Charlotte Gadoury of Hancock.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Lloyd C. Bishop Sr., and one grandson, Thomas Kratz.

A service will be held Saturday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. at Grace Christian Fellowship. The Rev. Edward Guyer will officiate. Burial will be in the Piney Plains United Methodist Cemetery, Little Orleans, Md.

The family will receive friends at the church on Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For the convenience of family and friends, the church will be open from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday.

The family requests that memorial contributions may be made to the  Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Arrangements were handled by the Grove Funeral Home, Hancock.

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