Joyce Swatzell

Joyce Swatzell (Chafin)

Friday, August 12th, 1927 - Thursday, July 11th, 2019
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Service for Joyce Chafin Swatzell, 91 of Cleburne will be conducted at 10:30 A.M., Monday, July 15, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church. Burial will be private. Visitation will be 5-7:00 P.M., Sunday, July 14, 2019 at the funeral home. Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be J.P. Swatzell, George P. Swatzell, Joel Taylor, Aaron Taylor, Yale Swatzell, George Cowden, Tim Taylor, Jason Wallace, Ralph Chafin, Pat Woodruff, Dean Woodruff, Phil D. Swatzell, Jack Swatzell and Lynn Swatzell.

Joyce Chafin Swatzell passed away Thursday, July 11, 2019 in Cleburne. She was born August 12, 1927 in Cleburne to Ralph W. and Gurtha Mae (Graham) Chafin. Joyce married Dr. Monte Yale Swatzell on June 23, 1951 in Cleburne.

Joyce graduated in 1944 from Cleburne High School. She worked in the state legislature in Austin with her sister, Cloyce after attending business school in Fort Worth. Joyce attended North Texas State University and graduated in 1950. She taught home economics in Garland. She worked at The Corner Shop in Cleburne for over 15 years.
Joyce was a member of Main Street Methodist Church and later was a member of First United Methodist where she enjoyed teaching children’s Sunday School for many years.

Joyce is survived by her husband Dr. Monte Swatzell of Cleburne; son Yale Swatzell and wife Ann of Gilmer; daughters Kelly Taylor and husband Tim of Fort Worth, Shirley Cowden and husband George of San Antonio; grandchildren, Hallie, J.P., George, Hannah, Joel, Aaron; great grandchildren Sadie, Charlotte, Helen, Catherine and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers in law and sister in law.

Joyce is preceded in death by her parents, son, Jere Chafin Swatzell, brother, Carl Chafin and wife Jane, twin sister Cloyce Woodruff and husband John
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, July 14th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sunday, July 14th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Crosier-Pearson Cleburne Funeral Home
    512 North Ridgeway Dr.
    CLEBURNE, TX 76033
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  • Service

    Monday, July 15th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Monday, July 15th, 2019 10:30am
    First United Methodist Church of Cleburne
    1300 W. Westhill Dr.
    CLEBURNE, TX 76033
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Love & comfort to all! Mike, Christie & Family and Janis and Stephen Rosenthal have sent flowers to the family of Joyce Swatzell (Chafin).
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Love & comfort to all! Mike, Christie & Family

Posted at 10:25am
We are with you in prayers of thanksgiving for having an aunt that loved the Lord and mirrored God's Love to all. The Joy of the Lord is her strength!
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Janis & Stephen Rosenthal

Posted at 04:21pm
Not long ago you reminded me of the tree Yale and I planted in your yard. We wish to have a tree planted in your memory to thank you for the many years of love you have shared with our family!
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A memorial tree was planted in the memory of Joyce Swatzell

Janis and Stephen Rosenthal

Posted at 03:30pm
"Joyce Swatzell" will remain in our hearts forever.
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Melissa Webb

Posted at 12:03pm
My mother and I were so sorry to read about Joyce's passing. She had a wonderful smile and gave great hugs. We send our deepest condolences.

Donna Rogers

Posted at 02:44pm
Shirley, your Mom was such a sweet lady. I always loved seeing her. Mother loved working at the vet clinic and loved both your parents so much. You are in my heart and prayers.

Carol Olson Posted at 09:11pm

I am so very sorry for your loss. Our family, and your extended family were like one family. She had a wonderful smile, a great sense of humor and will be missed dearly. Love and prayers to all of you. May God heal your hearts.

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