Nancy Joan Swain


Nancy Joan Swain, 88, of Seymour passed away in the morning hours of Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Providence Hospital in Mobile, Alabama, with her beloved daughter, Janet, by her side.

Born Dec. 28, 1928, in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John Paul Jones, both of whom preceded her in death.

She spent her childhood years in Indianapolis, graduating from Shortridge High School in 1946. After attending Indiana University in Bloomington, she returned to Indianapolis to work as the assistant chief buyer for L.S. Ayres and Co. During that time, she met the love of her life, Burton F. “Ted” Swain III on a blind date. The two were married Aug. 30, 1950, in the Tabernacle Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis. Following Ted’s untimely recall to the U.S. Marine Corps in 1950, the couple settled in Seymour in 1951.

Nancy called Seymour her home for nearly 60 years and loved every minute of it. Raising three kids and frequently hosting friends and family, often around the backyard pool, she still found the time for volunteer work. She was a past president and retired member of the women’s service sorority, Psi Iota Xi, and spent many years delivering for Meals on Wheels.

Nancy was an avid and extremely talented knitter who shared her hobby with others in the most loving ways. Not only did she knit countless gifts for family and friends, she also donated many tiny works of art to Schneck Memorial Hospital and to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society for their “Baby’s First Sea Bag” program. In addition to knitting, Nancy loved Christmas, sewing, reading, playing bridge and enjoying white sandy beaches from North Carolina to Mexico. Above all, however, her greatest joy was being with family.

Survivors include her three children, J. David (Jean) Swain of Newnan, Georgia; Janet (Mike) Ferguson of Mobile, Alabama; and Daniel M. (Barb) Swain of Wyandotte, Michigan; six grandchildren, Emily Dipanni (née Swain); Tom Ferguson, Ben Ferguson, Andrew Swain, Patrick Ferguson and Andrew Mayros; and six great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband and her brother, John Paul Jones Jr.

Memorials may be made to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund.