Ellavee H. Swift, 1925-2017

Ellavee Swift

Ellavee H. Swift, 91, of Tulsa, Okla., passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Legend Senior Living. She was born June 5, 1925, in Dierks, Ark., to John Preston and Ethel Lee Hobson.

On Sept. 28, 1945, she married the Rev. Clyde N. Swift, and during their 64 years together she served with him in ministry for 45 years at various Methodist and United Methodist churches in the Little Rock Conference. Following her husband’s official retirement, they both continued to serve in ministry in small churches.

Ellavee is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, the Rev. Clyde N. Swift; a sister, Geraldine Edge; and a son-in-law, Pastor Billy Joe Daugherty of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She leaves cherishing her memory one son, the Rev. David E. Swift and his wife, Ann, of Tulsa; one daughter, Pastor Sharon Daugherty of Tulsa, Okla.; six grandchildren: Sarah Wehrli and her husband, Caleb, of Orlando, Florida; Matthew Swift and his wife, Season, of Jones, Oklahoma; Ruth Sanders and her husband, Adam, of Frisco, Texas; Ella Wisley and her husband, Josh, of Fayetteville, Arkansas; John Daugherty and his wife, Charica, of Tulsa; and Paul Daugherty and his wife, Ashley, of Tulsa; nine great-grandchildren: Isaac and Elizabeth Wehrli; Sophie, Samuel and Bonnie Swift; Tovah and Ziva Sanders; Blythe, Jude and Monte Daugherty, Liam and Beniah Daugherty; Kathryn Wisley; and a number nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A memorial service was held Friday, March 24, 2017, in the main sanctuary of Victory Christian Center. Interment took place Thursday, March 23, at East Memorial Gardens in Texarkana, Arkansas. To honor Ellavee’s memory in lieu of flowers, consider contributing to Victory Special Needs ministry, Tulsa Dream Center or Billy Joe Daugherty Legacy Library.