Obituary – Leona Caroline Swisher – Mulkeytown

Leona Caroline Swisher, 82, of Mulkeytown, died Sunday, October 27, 2013 at Stonebridge Senior Care Center, in Benton, IL.

Mrs. Swisher was a homemaker.

She was born January 26, 1931 in Grand Tower, IL, the daughter of Fount Johnson and Pearl (Summer) Johnson.

She married Leon “Skip” Swisher on September 30, 1950 in Carbondale, IL and they spent 47 wonderful years together until his death on March 12, 1998.

She is survived by three daughters, Cherie and husband Gary Browning, of Mulkeytown, Paula and husband David Payne, of Benton and Amy and husband Jeff Jones, of Wylie, Texas. Also surviving is a special granddaughter, Angie Worley, of Mulkeytown and special grandsons, Joey Browning of St. Louis and Cory Payne, of Benton.  Great-grandson Braden Worley, of Mulkeytown, also survives.

Leona was a very avid quilter and made many beautiful quilts, several that she shared with her daughters.  Leona was a loving mother, wife grandmother and friend to many.  Leona was the youngest of seven siblings, that were very close through the years.  She was preceded in death by five sisters Esther, Beulah, Lela, Flora, Norma and one brother Raymond.

She will be sadly missed by her family and three very special friends Bob and Betty Johnson and Sandy Milby.

Funeral services will be Thursday October 31, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, IL with the Rev. David Sorensen officiating.  Burial will be in the Ward Cemetery, Mulkeytown, IL.  Visitation will be Wednesday Oct 30, 2013 at the Gilbert Funeral Home after 6 p.m.  For more information go to

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