Betty Swick

Betty Swick

Betty Swick
June 2, 1929 – January 4, 2022
Oskaloosa, Iowa | Age 92

Betty Swick, 92, of Oskaloosa, passed away Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at the MHP Serenity Hospice House in Oskaloosa. She was born June 2, 1929, in Oskaloosa, Iowa, the daughter of Paul and Lillian Marie (Krile) Slay.

Betty attended the Oskaloosa High School and graduated with the Class of 1947.

On March 5, 1949, Betty was united in marriage to LeRoy Swick to which 3 children, Cindy, Peggy and Paul were born. They enjoyed almost 40 years of marriage until LeRoy passed away in December 1988.

Betty worked at Schurt’s Grocery and Green’s Grocery before going to work part-time at NW Bell Telephone Company while she was still attending high school. After graduation, she continued working at the Telephone Company full time for 2 years. After her children were born, she was a homemaker and devoted her time raising her family. She later went back to work for the Telephone Company for 12 years until the office closed in 1975. Betty then worked for Edward D. Jones Brokerage for 2 years before lastly going to work for Piper, Jaffray and Hopwood Brokerage for 12 years until retiring. During retirement, she worked part-time at Iowa Trust Bank (now TruBank) for almost 10 years.

During her years as a homemaker, LeRoy and Betty took up Western Style Square Dancing and Round Dancing. They belonged to several clubs that traveled many places in Iowa to perform and even choreographed many dance steps to the songs. She enjoyed all the times eating out with “the girls” and to her family’s amazement, traveled to many places with her dear friend Esther Mae. Betty loved music, especially Charles Stanley. Each Christmas she enjoyed attending the Candlelight Service and returning home with her family to soup or beef stew on the stove and watching “It’s A Wonderful Life.” She loved pampering herself by getting her hair done weekly. Betty was involved with her kid’s activities including baseball, Girl Scouts, archery and horses. Betty was known for her angel food cake, homemade noodles and canning tomatoes, peaches and black raspberry jelly.

Betty was a strong woman who loved her Lord and Savior as well as her family. She was a kind, caring, helpful person who passed down those traits, as well as her love of the Lord, to her children. Betty prayed for her family, friends and anyone who needed a prayer. She taught her family how to love others who had little, especially during Christmas time, helping others in need in any way they could. Betty shared her love and respect of animals with her children, who throughout the years had rabbits, dogs, horses and even a monkey. She was an unselfish person even up until her last days, helping those at Homestead with whatever help they may need or even just an encouraging smile. Her caring, love and encouragement never ended.

Her family includes her children: Cindy Conte of Des Moines, Peggy (& Terry) Dykstra of Oskaloosa and Paul Swick of Oskaloosa; her grandchildren: Sarah (& Nick) Downey, Joe Conte, Whitney (& Seth) Means and Collin (& Katie) Swick and her great grandchildren, Tyler Downey and Olivia Means.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy Swick; her parents, Paul and Lillian Marie Slay; a sister, Pauline Fitzgerald; and a brother, Larry Slay.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 8, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Bible Church in Oskaloosa with Pastors Rodney DeRonde and Steve Howe officiating.
Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery in Oskaloosa. The Bates Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 8, 2022, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Fellowship Bible Church with the family present until service time at 1:30 p.m. to greet friends and relatives.
Memorials can be made to Stephens Memorial Animal Shelter in Oskaloosa.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Betty Swick please visit the Bates Funeral Chapel Sympathy Store.

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