Obituary of Marjorie Swaim
Marjorie Jean Swaim, 99, of Belton, Missouri, formerly of Windsor, Mo., died early Sunday morning, May 30, 2021, at Carnegie Village in Belton, Mo. She was born December 27, 1921, in Carroll County, Mo., to Cortiez Case Lyons and Sciota Pearl Lyons in the farmhouse of her Lyons grandparents. When she was 2 years old, her Grandpa and Grandma Kinsey moved from their farm to open a poultry and feed store in Hale, Mo. At this time, she and her parents moved into their farmhouse about 4 miles south of Hale. She accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of 12 and was baptized in a coal pit near Compton, Mo. She graduated from Hale High School at the age of 16 and started school at Central Missouri State Teachers College (now UCM) in Warrensburg, Mo. After her first year of college, she was asked to teach in the Ballew country school near Hale. On August 2, 1941, in Chillicothe, Mo., she married Louis Willard Swaim, a boy she had known since third grade. That year she was offered a salary of $35 more per month at a near by school, Hazel Hill School. Before the term was up, Louis decided to go to Wichita, Ks., to learn sheet metal work to acquire work in the airplane factories. At the end of the school year, Marjorie joined Louis in Wichita. When jobs became scarce, they moved to Kansas City and Louis was hired at the North American Bomber Plant where Marjorie later acquired a job as a riveter on bomb bay doors of the B-25 plane. Two years after the end of the war, their daughter Jeannie was born. In a short time, they moved to a farm near Tina, Mo., where they resided for 8 years. While there, son Truett was born and Marjorie resumed teaching in Hale in 1955. When farming became less prosperous, the family moved to Independence, Mo., and Marjorie taught in the Grain Valley School District and attended CMSU in the summer to acquire her graduate degree. After graduation, she taught school in Independence for 3 years until vocal cord surgery made it difficult for her to continue teaching. Having sold insurance part-time, Louis and Marjorie decided to open an insurance office for Marjorie to operate. When Louis retired from his work at the Independence Post Office, he joined the office and they retired together in 1982. After enjoying retirement at the Lake of the Ozarks near Windermere, they moved to Windsor in 1993 to be closer to family. Two months before their 65th wedding anniversary, Louis passed away on June 8, 2006 and Marjorie moved to Raymore. Over the years, she enjoyed toll painting, decoupage, and ceramics and made many gifts and greeting cards for friends and family. She was a faithful Christian and was most recently a member of the South Haven Baptist Church, Belton, and the Joy Sunday School class of the church. Survivors include two children, Jeannie Lou Witte (Dr. Richard Witte), Raymore, Mo., and a son, Dr. Truett Lee Swaim, Leawood, Kansas; 4 grandchildren, Natalie Robin Holick (Bill); Dr. Kevin Andrew Witte (Dara); Emily Ann Swaim and Adam Truett Swaim; 6 great-grandchildren, Reagan Sophia Holick; Audrey Elizabeth Holick; Colby William Holick; Tyler Benjamin Oswald; Elijah August Witte; Olivia Jean Witte; a sister, Eula Midyett; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband Louis. Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 7, 2021, at the Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor, with Pastor Candace Fowler officiating. The family suggests contributions to City Union Mission, Harvesters, or Children’s Mercy Hospital in care of the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor.