Helen L. Swift April 29, 1932 – April 12, 2016

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swiftHelen Louise Swift, age 83, died on April 12, 2016 at her home in DeSoto, Texas. Helen was born on April 29, 1932, at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas, and was the daughter of Frank Thomas Curda and Hattie Macel Curda.

Helen enjoyed adventure and was known to be found in the mountains of Colorado on her summer family vacations. She packed up the kids and family dog (always named Snoopy) into her station wagon and pulled the pop up camper along to revisit her favorite stomping grounds in Colorado. She taught her children the love of rock hunting on “Ruby Mountain” and the old art of gold panning at the many rock shops and rivers that she explored along the way. She was known to be up at the crack of dawn to go fishing in the rivers of Colorado or at one of her sisters’ (Mary Kelsoe) ponds in East Texas. She was raised at Buckner Orphans home in Dallas, Texas and graduated from there in 1950. Helen graduated in 1953 from Baylor University with a degree in Public School Music.

Helen married Charles Donald Swift on January 23, 1959 and raised three children together. They moved to many small towns throughout the Texas Panhandle. The moves occurred every 2-3 years since her husband was requested to be the principal or superintendent of the town’s school system. Helen was a school teacher and taught English, grammar and music. She retired from the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Independent School District in 1990 having completed 37 years of service to the public school system.

She was a church organist and especially enjoyed arranging Christmas cantatas for the choir. She possessed a love of writing and was the primary author of “Toyah Taproots, a memory book of those who put down their roots in Toyah”. The book was written in honor of the town’s centennial celebration.

Helen is survived by two sisters, Mary Kelsoe of Avery, Texas and Mildred Reeb of Arlington, Texas; a brother, Leo Curda of Danvers, Massachusetts; a daughter, Mary Kay Swift of DeSoto, Texas; and two sons, Charles Donald Swift, Jr. of DeSoto, Texas and Timothy Russell Swift of Irving, Texas; four nieces and three nephews.

jaynesThere will be a viewing at Jaynes Memorial Chapel in Duncanville, TX. on Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 6-8 pm. A graveside service will be held on Friday at 1:00 pm, April 15, 2016, at the cemetery in Avery, Texas.